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Bod-Inc: A-452

Ars Moriendi

Ars moriendi ‘Cum de praesentis exilii miseria mortis transitus’ [Italian] L'arte del ben morire.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Capranica, Dominicus [pseudo-: Preface.] Incipit: ‘[C]oncio sia cosa che della miseria del presente exilio intransito della morte . . .’

a2v Capranica, Dominicus [pseudo-]: ‘L'arte del ben morire. Cioè ingratia didio'. [Also known as Ars moriendi.] Incipit: ‘[C]oncio sia cosa che di tucte le cose terribili . . .’

d7v [Colophon, ascribing authorship to the ‘Cardinale di Fermo' and dating the composition to 1452.]

d8r ‘Laude didio et della Vergine Maria.’ Incipit: ‘Io sono la uita de Christiani fedeli | Che gli conduco a gli superni cieli'; 29 lines of rhythmic verse.


Imprint: Florence: Francesco di Dino, 6 Feb. 1488/9. 4°.


Collation: a–d8.

Remarks: Leaves a2-4 are signed ai–iii respectively.


ISTC: ia01108000

GW: GW 2626;

Hain: HCR 4401; C 1442;

Goff: Goff A‑1108;

BMC: BMC VI 634;

Proctor: Pr 6336;

Others: O'Connor, Art of Dying, 157; Sheppard 5090.

LCN: 13980120


Copy number: A-452(1)

Binding: Nineteenth-century gold-tooled blue morocco; on both covers a single gilt chain-like border, within which a frame of intersecting circles and quarter circles; concentrically with the circles, a Catherine wheel; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 211 × 139 × 13 mm.

Size of leaf: 202 × 131 mm.

Provenance: Ludovico Peri (fl. after 1488, before 1496): ‘Questo libro e di Ludouicho di Bernardo di Marco Peri | A chi pervenissi in mana lo deba rendere a | llui o a suo rede e figluo sua.' Piero Peri (fl. 1496). Matteo Cafferecci (fl. 1496); ‘Nota come quanto di xxiiii di Nouembre 1496 Piero di Lodovico di Bernardo Peri ha dato | e donato questo presente libro a me Matteo di P[e]ro di Matteo di magistri Giovanni Chafferecci'; on the relative, Giovanni, to whom Matteo refers; see DBI XVI 263-4. Sir Mark Masterman Sykes (1771-1823); armorial book-plate; purchased by him at Florence in 1819: inscription on endleaf; sale (11 May 1824), lot 1171. Purchased for £7. 10. 0; see Books Purchased (1824), 6.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 5.32.

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