Gallus, Abbas Cisterciensis
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[*1r] [Gallus, Abbas Cisterciensis: Prologue.] Incipit: ‘ “[E]t dabo tibi mustum malorum granatorum meorum” Cantico.viii [Ct 8,2]. Spiritus sanctus sua benigna inspiracione ac graciosa . . .’
[*1v] [Table of contents.]
[*1v] [Table of chapters.]
[*3r] [Alphabetical table.]
[a1r] [Gallus, Abbas Cisterciensis]: Malogranatum. Incipit: ‘[F]ili, accedens ad seruitutem dei sta in iusticia . . . [V]erba exhortationis ex tuo ore, o pater, ad me directa anime . . .’ See Bloomfield 2131; Manfred Gerwing, Malogranatum oder der dreifache Weg zur Volkommenheit. Ein Beitrag zur Spiritualität des Spätmittelalters (Munich, 1986), 136-7; E. Brouette, A. Dimier, and E. Manning, Dictionnaire des auteurs cisterciens (Rochefort, 1975-9), 271; and VL II 1063-5. A contemporary manuscript note in the BL copy (IC.807) ascribes the work to Gallus quoting Trithemius.
Imprint: [Strasbourg: Heinrich Eggestein, not after 1473]. Folio.
Remarks: Polain dates to .
Collation: [*8 **6 a–i10 k l8 m6 n–x10].
Remarks: Collation as Sheppard, not as BMC.
Hain: H *7449 = H 11654;
Goff: Goff G‑47;
BMC: BMC I 75;
Proctor: Pr 298;
Others: BSB‑Ink G‑14; Polain 1540; Rhodes 804; Sack, Freiburg, 1492; Sheppard 191-2.
Copy number: G-025(1)
Binding: German (Freistadt, now Zielona Góra, Silesia) blind-tooled calf, 1476, over wooden boards; remains of two clasps; bosses on each cover lost. On both covers fillets form an outer border, within which a lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis stamp, a lozenge-shaped ornamental stamp, and, at the head and tail of each cover, a scroll stamp containing the binder's name, ‘Mathias Karner' in mirror writing. Intersecting triple fillets form a frame, within which is a repeated scroll stamp, inscribed ‘maria' in mirror writing. Triple fillets form the inner rectangle, divided by triple fillets into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments with the fleur-de-lis stamp, a rosette stamp, and a large lozenge-shaped foliate stamp. On the spine the lozenge-shaped ornamental stamp. Remains of later manuscript label on spine. See Gibson, Bodleian Bindings, no. 8, and Goldschmidt I 30-2.
Size: 390 × 284 × 76 mm.
Size of leaf: 370 × 274 mm.
Note symbols are supplied in the margins in red.
Five-line initials are supplied in blue, red, or interlocked red and blue, with red pen-work infill and decoration. Rubrics, running book-numbers, and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red. The rubricator treats the prologue as part of book I.
Provenance: Mathias Karner (fl. 1476); manuscript note (see below) records that this item was bought for two Hungarian florins and one ferton on 31 Mar. 1476, by Mathias, son of Nicholas Karner of Grünenberg, at that time curate at Freystadt in Silesia. He assembled and folded the sheets, which he had bought loose, then rubricated the book, and finally bound it with his own hands in August of the same year; his name is stamped on the binding in a small scroll; inscription on [x9v]: ‘Comparatus est liber iste Malogranati per Mathiam Nicolai Karner de Grunenbergk protunc manscionarium in Freynstad. In nuda impressura pro [added in the margin: duobus florenis vngaricaricis et 1 fertone] anno domini 1476 circa Dominicam Iudica in xld [31 Mar.]. Aptatus autem ad ligandum per eundem feria tercia sub octaua assumptionis gloriose Virginis dei genitricis [20 Aug.] in rubricacionem similiter per manus eiusdem colligatus Notula manus eiusdem'. Erased inscription on [*1r], also an unread inscription beginnning ‘ex libris collegii . . .' Old shelfmark on the front pastedown: ‘Vett. Imp. I.79'. Purchased for £0. 16. 6; see Books Purchased (1859), 48.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 5Q 2.4.
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