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Bod-Inc: A-445

Ars Moriendi

Ars moriendi ‘Cum de praesentis exilii miseria mortis transitus . . .’


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A2r Ars moriendi. Incipit: ‘[C]um de presentis exilii miseria mortis transitus propter moriendi impericiam multis non solum laicis . . .’ See A‑444.

C8v ‘Ad omnes angelos et precipue ad Sanctum Michaelem.’ [Also known as Ad S. Michaelem carmen.] Incipit: [I]nclyte celigena Michael fulgoris amena | Alta colens regna plusquam dulcedine plena'; 9 strophes of 4 leonine hexameters. See A‑444.

D3v De meditatione mortis. Incipit: ‘[Q]uacumque impugnatione aut temtatione inpugnaris vel pigricia torpescis . . .’

D7v De meditatione mortis carmen. Incipit: ‘[M]ortales dominus cunctos in luce creauit | Ut capiant meritis gaudia summa poli'; 7 distichs. See A‑444. Chevalier attributes authorship to Bruno Carthusiensis.

D8r [Dionysius Carthusiensis(?)]: ‘Lex est ista mortis.’ [Iudicium mortis et eius casus | Elegia de iudicio mortis et variis casibus eius]. ‘[L]ex metuenda premit mortales omnibus vna | Mors cita sed dubia nec fugienda venit'; 28 distichs. See A‑444.

E1r [Augustinus pseudo-; Bernardus Claravallensis pseudo-]: Speculum peccatoris. Incipit: ‘[Q]uoniam, fratres karissimi, in via huius seculi fugientis sumus . . .’ See A‑444.

E8v Bernardus [Claravallensis pseudo-]: De contemptu mundi. Incipit: ‘O miranda vanitas, o diuiciarum amor | Lamentabilis, o virus amarum'; 56 lines of rhythmic verses. See A‑444. In this edition, this and the following item are regarded as being one work.

F2r [Bernardus Claravallensis pseudo-]: Meditatio mortis. Incipit: ‘Dic homo cur abuteris discretionis gratia | Cum vite viam deferis et tendis ad supplicia'; 25 lines of rhythmic verses. See A‑444.

F2v Bernardus [Claravallensis pseudo-: De morte et iudicio.] Incipit: ‘O Christi longanimitas et longa expectatio | O mira Christi bonitas, o quanta miseratio'; 52 lines of rhythmic verses. See A‑444.

F3v [Valedictory notice.] Incipit: ‘Nos dicimus duplicem esse vitam . . .’

F3v [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Non est quo possit melius caro viua domari | Mortua qualis erit, quod semper premeditari'; 2 hexameters. See A‑444.


Imprint: Paris: Guy Marchant, 31 July 1494. 4°.


Collation: A–E8 F4.

Illustrations: Three woodcuts: on A1v and F4r two bearded male figures, wearing hats and cloaks, talking; on F4v the Virgin Mary seated below the Cross, with the crucified Christ lying across her lap, and, in the background, the city of Jerusalem, a tree and hills.


ISTC: ia01097500

GW: GW 2609;

Hain: HC 1845;

Proctor: Pr 7991;

Others: CIBN A‑597; Hillard 192; O'Connor, Art of Dying, 149; Sheppard 6211-12.

LCN: 13980608


Copy number: A-445(1)

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf.

Size: 147 × 100 × 10 mm.

Size of leaf: 142 × 94 mm.

Occasional annotations in a seventeenth-century(?) hand.

Provenance: Edward Pococke (1604-1691); ex libris inscription on A1r. Revd Charles Francis (1752-1821). Bequeathed in 1821.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: 8° E 10 BS.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 6.23.

Copy number: A-445(2)

Bound with:
2. Isidorus Hispalensis, Synonyma. Paris: Guy Marchant, 16 May 1494 (I‑041(1)).

Wanting A1.

Binding: Brown pasteboards.

Size: 135 × 97 × 12 mm.

Size of leaf: 134 × 93 mm.

Pointing hand in black ink on E8r. Faces in pencil on C8r-v.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 1(1).

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