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Bod-Inc: B-201

Bernardus Claravallensis

Meditationes de interiori homine [English.]


Analysis of Content

A1v [Prologue by the translator, ‘a deuoute student of the vnyuersytee of Cambrydge'.] Incipit: ‘[F]ull prouffitable ben to vs traueylyng pylgrymes . . .’ Dated 12 Sept. 1495.

A2r [Table of contents.]

A3r Bernardus [Claravallensis]: Meditationes de interiori homine [English.] Incipit: ‘[M]any there ben that knowe [and] vnderstonde many other thynges . . .’


Imprint: Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, 9 Mar. 1496. 4°.


Collation: A8 B–E6.

Illustrations: On A1r a woodcut depicting a monk (probably St Bernard); on E6v a woodcut depicting the crucifixion; woodcut initials.


ISTC: ib00410500

GW: GW 4043;

Proctor: Pr 9699;

Others: Duff 41; Sheppard 7439; STC 1916. Facsimile: English Experience, no. 847 (Amsterdam, 1977).

LCN: 14003297


Copy number: B-201(1)

Bound with:
1. Johannes de Hildesheim, The most excellent treatise of the three kynges of Coleyne. Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, [c.1496] (J‑165(1));
3. Salomon et Marcolphus, Dialogus [English]. Antwerp: Gerard Leeu, [between 27 July 1489 and 1492] (S‑045).
Until 1869, this volume also contained:
4. Ars moriendi [English.] [Westminster: William Caxton, c.1491] (A‑454; present shelfmark: Arch. G f.9);
5. Governayle of helthe and Medicina stomachi. [Westminster: William Caxton, 1489] (G‑168; present shelfmark: Arch. G f.10).

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf, for the Bodleian Library, in the style of the Tanner collection, but rebacked.

Size: 165 × 132 × 18 mm.

Size of leaf: 159 × 121 mm.

On E6v: ‘God by god be my begynnyng'.

Provenance: Unread inscription at the head of A2r of item 1. 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); name on A2r of item 1 and on A1r of item 2. Bequeathed in 1735.

SHELFMARK: Tanner 178(2).

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