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Bod-Inc: A-356

Antonius de Raymundia

Libellus contra beneficiorum reservationes.


Analysis of Content

a2r Antonius de Raymundia: Libellus contra beneficiorum reservationes. Incipit: ‘Inter huius lachrymosi et labentis seculi miseras calamitates et calamitosas miserias . . .’

a7r [Petrus de Ceffons]: ‘Epistola Luciferi ad malos principes ecclesiasticos.’ Incipit: ‘Lucifer princeps tenebrarum tristia profundi Acherontis regens imperia . . .’ See Bodleian Library, MS. Digby 98, fol. 180r-v. Johann Wolf, Lectionum memorabilium et reconditarum centenarii, I (Lauingen, 1600), 654-6. Gianni Zippel, ‘La lettera del Diavolo al clero, dal secolo XII alla Riforma', Bullettino dell'Istituto Storico Italiano per il medio evo, 70 (1958), 125-79, at 163-6. Helen C. Feng, Devil's Letters: Their History and Significance in Church and Society, D.Phil. thesis, Northwestern University, 1982, 353-62. Text dated 1351. Ascribed to Nicolaus Oresme, Heinrich von Langenstein or Konrad von Megenberg: see Wilhelm Wattenbach, ‘Über erfundene Briefe in Handschriften des Mittelalters, besonders Teufelsbriefe', Sitzungsberichte der königlich preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, 9 (1892), 91-123, at 96 and Konrad Joseph Heilig, ‘Zu zwei “Teufelsbriefen” des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts', Historisches Jahrbuch, 52 (1932), 495-500. Ascribed to Pierre de Ceffons by Damasus Trapp, ‘Peter Ceffons of Clairvaux', Recherches de théologie ancienne et médiévale, 24 (1957), 101-54 and Zippel 146. This ascription is doubted by Feng 164-73. On the manuscript tradition see Ottokar Lorenz, Deutschlands Geschichtsquellen im Mittelalter seit der Mitte des 13. Jahrhunderts, 3rd edn (Berlin, 1887), II 398 n. 1, Heilig 495-6 and Feng 449-56.


Imprint: [Paris]: Guy Marchant, [c.1498]. 4°.


Collation: a8.


ISTC: ia00916000

GW: GW 2255;

Hain: C 524 = 5030;

Goff: Goff A‑916;

Proctor: Pr 8012;

Others: Fairfax Murray, French Books, 476; Hillard 165; Rhodes 114; Sheppard 6228.

LCN: 14266602


Copy number: A-356(1)

For this copy see Coates–Jensen 244-5, no. 3.

Bound with:
2. Dialogus inter clericum et militem. Paris: Guy Marchant, partly for Denis Roce, 20 Sept. 1498 (D‑051);
3. Theobaldus de Sexannia, Pharetra fidei Catholicae contra Judaeos. [Cologne: Cornelis de Zierikzee, c.1499] (T‑075);
4. Julianus Pomerius, De vita contemplativa. [Speier: Peter Drach], 1487 (P‑432(2));
5. Henricus de Hassia, Speculum animae. [Cologne: Heinrich von Neuss, c.1508-16] (H‑027);
6. Robertus Gaguinus, Opera varia. Paris: André Bocard, for Durand Gerlier, 1498 (G‑005(1));
7. Thomas à Kempis, Imitatio Christi. [Venice]: Peregrinus de Pasqualibus, Bononiensis, and Dionysius Bertochus, 1485 (T‑098);
8. Libellus de modo confitendi et penitendi. Cologne: Heinrich Quentell, 24 Feb. 1491 (P‑401);
9. Johannes de Sancto Geminiano, Disputatio Christi et latronis. [Antwerp: Mathias van der Goes, 1491] (J‑191).

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf for the Bodleian Library; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers.

Size: 191 × 138 × 34 mm.

Size of leaf: 184 × 129 mm.

Provenance: William King (fifteenth/sixteenth century); see Ker, MLGB 96, 267, with house given as Haughmond, Shropshire; inscription on [*1r] of item 7: ‘Thys booke perthieynyht to ser Wylliam K[/R?]ynge chanon of Hanto[n?] thewyche I pray god'. Item 1 was presented to the Bodleian Library in 1602 by Stephen Rodvey (b. 1563); see Benefactors' Register I 52a: ‘Aureus libellus contra Beneficior. reseruatio- | nes. 4.'; James, Catalogus (1620), 415: G 3. 4 [Th.]; item 2 is possibly referred to in James, ‘Catalogus' (1602), fol. 53r: ‘Disputatio Anonymi de potestate prelatorum inter clericum et militem' but as ‘Vita Antichristi. 4.' in Benefactors' Register I 52a, a donation of Rodvey's; not found in James, Catalogus (1605); in James, Catalogus (1620), 166: G 3. 4 [Th.]; item 3 was donated by Lord Hunsdon; see Benefactors' Register I 8: ‘Prosper pharetra fidei Catholicæ. 4', and probably to be identified with the copy listed in James, Catalogus (1605), 481, as P 6. 13 [Th.], ‘Pharetra fidei'; in James, Catalogus (1620), 386: P 8. 8 [Th.]; item 4 was donated by Lord Hunsdon; see Benefactors' Register I 8 ‘Prosper. de Vita Contemplatiua siue Act. 1487 4.'; also listed in James, Catalogus (1605), 481, as P 6. 13 [Th.] ‘Prosper De norma ecclesiasticorum. 1487'; in 1620 it had the shelfmark P 8. 8 [Th.]; items 3 and 4 are both marked with an ‘R', probably a mark of a sixteenth century owner, associated with books presented by Lord Hunsdon; item 5 was donated by Lord Hunsdon; see Benefactors' Register I 9: ‘H. Langenstein Speculum Animæ', and James, Catalogus (1605), 88 with reference to G 3. 4 [Th.], the same shelfmark which items 1 and 2 in this volume had in James, Catalogus (1620); in James, Catalogus (1620), this item has the shelfmark G 3. 3 [Th.]; item 6 carries the same ‘R' as items 3 and 4, and was donated by Lord Hunsdon; see Benefactors' Register I 9: ‘Rob. Gaguinus de Puritate conceptionis. 4. Par. 1498. Idem de Variis ecclesiæ ordinibus. 4. par. 1498. Eiusdem Epigramma et c. 4. Ib.'; also James, Catalogus (1605), 62: G 3. 3 [Th.]; in James, Catalogus (1620), 209, it is shelfmarked G 3. 3 [Th.] Items 7, 8, and 9, belonged to James West (1704?–1772), who gave them to Thomas Hearne (1678-1735). Manuscript notes on f10r and g1r of item 7 are apparently in the same hand as notes on aa1r of item 8; this hand can be dated to after 1620 on the basis of a reference to James's catalogue of that year. Sixteenth-century notes on cc4v of item 8 are in the same hand as notes on a1r of item 9 (‘Si mea pena valet, melior mea littera fiet'). Item 9 had previously belonged to John Brod[ ] (sixteenth century); inscription on a1r; ‘Orate pro bono statu Johannis Brod[ ] et Agnes vxoris sue et pro animabus [ ]'. The simplest account for this seems to be that items 3 and 4 were given by Hunsdon and bound together by 1605; items 5 and 6 were given by Hunsdon and bound together by 1605, the reference to shelfmark G 3. 4 [Th.] for item 5 in James, Catalogus (1605) being interpreted as an error; there is no indication that items 1 and 2 came from Hunsdon; items 7, 8, and 9 came from Thomas Hearne. See Jensen, ‘Benefactors' Register', nos 16-17, 20-1, 76-7.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 6.9(1).

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