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Bod-Inc: A-217


Alphabetum divini amoris.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v [Introduction.] Incipit: ‘[T]ractatus ille pretitulatur alphabetum amoris divini quem bonorum assertione virorum edidit auctor tractatus divinissimi de ymitatione cristi vocatus dominus Thomas prepositus et prelatus canonicorum regularium in Koczen . . .’

a2r Prohemium. Incipit: ‘[A]d honorem omnipotentis dei aliquos modos et vias pro eleuatione mentis in deum propono conscribere . . .’

a3v ‘Tabula.’

a3v Thomas à Kempis [pseudo-]: Alphabetum divini amoris. Incipit: ‘[A] timore seruili procedit filialis plures . . .’ Authorship ascribed in this edition to Thomas à Kempis, but in some other editions to Johannes Gerson. Also formerly erroneously ascribed to Nikolaus Kempf; see A‑213.


Imprint: Memmingen: Albrecht Kunne, 1489. 4°.


Collation: a–c8.


ISTC: ia00527000

GW: GW 1560;

Hain: CR 2666;

Goff: Goff A‑527;

BMC: BMC II 605;

Proctor: Pr 2787;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑434; CIBN A‑277; Gerson, Oeuvres, I 73, no. 26b; Oates 1236; Sack, Freiburg, 128; Sheppard 2017.

LCN: 14424053


Copy number: A-217(1)

Binding: Nineteenth-century pasteboards.

Size: 183 × 137 × 8 mm.

Size of leaf: 180 × 132 mm.

Occasional early marginal notes.

Four-, five- and six-line initials supplied in red, with pen flourishing extending into the margins. Underlining and initial strokes in red, also paragraph marks stroked in red.

Provenance: Possibly either from Revd William Henry Fitzsimon Hinde (†1884) or, less probably, the library of Moxhull Hall originally formed by John Hackett (1592-1670), bishop of Lichfield; purchased at the Hinde-Moxhull Hall sale (1886), lot 968, for £0. 11. 0, but the provenance is uncertain as the sale also included other properties.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q 6.61.

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