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Ars Moriendi

Ars moriendi [English].


Analysis of Content

A1r ‘Ars moriendi that is to saye the craft for to dye.’ G. R. Morgan, ‘A Critical Edition of Caxton's The Art and craft to know well to die and Ars moriendi, together with the Antecedent Manuscript Material', unpublished D. Phil. thesis, University of Oxford, 1972, 2 vols, II 98-111, with notes 175-82 and glossary 244-55.


Imprint: [Westminster: William Caxton, c.1491]. 4°.


Collation: A8.


ISTC: ia01124300

GW: GW 2634;

Hain: C 671;

Proctor: Pr 9687;

Others: Ars moriendi, with introductory note by Edward W. B. Nicholson (London and Oxford, 1891); Ars moriendi, printed by William Caxton, with note by William Blades (N. pl., 1869); Blades, Caxton, (97); Caxton, Exhibition, BL, 86 no. 93; de Ricci, Caxton, 5; Duff 33; Needham, Pardoner, 91, no. Cx 109; O'Connor, Art of Dying, 164; Painter, Caxton, 214; Sheppard 7422; STC 786. Facsimile: English Experience, no. 639 (Amsterdam, 1974).

LCN: 13980094


Copy number: A-454(1)

Until 1869 bound with Tanner 178 which until then contained:
1. Johannes de Hildesheim, The most excellent treatise of the three kynges of Coleyne. Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, [c.1496] (still Tanner 178; J‑165(1));
2. Bernardus Claravallensis, Meditationes de interiori homine. [English]. Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, 9 Mar. 1496 (still Tanner 178; B‑201);
3. Salomon et Marcolphus, Dialogus. [English]. Antwerp: Gerard Leeu, [between 27 July 1489 and 1492] (still Tanner 178; S‑045);
4. Ars moriendi. [English]. [Westminster: William Caxton, c.1491] (A‑454);
5. Governayle of helthe and Medicina stomachi. [Westminster: William Caxton, 1489] (G‑168).

Binding: Nineteenth-century gold-tooled green morocco; marbled pastedowns, by Hall of Oxford.

Size: 170 × 135 × 23 mm.

Size of leaf: 160 × 117 mm.

Cropped note on A8v, which Ars moriendi, with introductory note by Edward W. B. Nicholson (London and Oxford, 1891), 7, expands to read: ‘[The fi]ftene | [degree]s of | [charyte].' For this copy see Caxton, Exhibition, Bodley, no. 21.

Provenance: Unread inscription at the head of A2r of item 1 of Tanner 178. On F6v of item 1, inscription ‘Liber iste pertinet Johanni Michell j[ ] teste(?) Roberto Ebeley(?) . . . cum multis aliis' in a sixteenth-century hand. Thomas Tanner (1674-1735); see Needham, Pardoner, 78, Appendix B, no. 28. Bequeathed in 1735.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: Auct. QQ sup. 1.27; Tanner 178 (part, until 1869, when it was removed); Arch. F f.6; Tanner 178*.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G f.9.

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