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Guilelmus Alvernus

Rhetorica divina, et al.


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a2r Guilelmus Alvernus, Episcopus Parisiensis: Rhetorica divina. [Prologue.] ‘Commendatio prestantissimi et incomparabilis doctoris magistri Guillermi Parisiensis actoris sequentis libri qui Rethorica diuina pretitulatur. Prologus.’ Incipit: ‘[G]uillermus episcopus Parisiensis natione Aluernus doctor profundus . . .’

a3r [Table of contents, chapter order.]

a5r ‘Incipit liber dictus Rethorica diuina quo nullus utilior dulcior ac deuotior est. Editus ab eleuate intelligentie et profunde speculationis viro magistro Guillermo episcopo Parisiensi. Capitulum primum.’ Incipit: ‘[I]n sacris ac sanctificatiuis scripturis que et quanta sit dignitas . . .’ Opera omnia, I 336-406; see also J. R. O'Donnell, ‘The “Rethorica Divina” of William of Auvergne. A Study in Applied Rhetoric', in Images of Man in Ancient and Medieval Thought. Studia G. Verbeke ab amicis et collegis dicata (Louvain, 1976).

q5r [Colophon.]

q5v [Verse.] ‘Epitaphium eiusdem magistri Guillermi Aluerni Parisiorum antistitis.’ Incipit: ‘Sidera caligant radio priuata sereno | Parisius meret presule nuda suo'; 4 elegiac distichs.

q5v Arend de Keysere: [Letter addressed to] Pontius Rainaudus, Prior of the Carmelites. ‘Reuerendissimo in Christo patri magistro Poncio Rainandi priori generali . . .’ Incipit: ‘Animaduertens doctissime pater . . .’

q7v Dionysius Carthusiensis [pseudo-; Jacobus de Gruytrode]: Dialogus Mariae et peccatoris. ‘Incipit dyalogus consolatorius gloriosissime virginis intacteque dei genitricis Marie et peccatoris . . .’ ed. Kent Emery Jr, Dionysii Cartusiensis Opera Selecta: Prolegomena: Bibliotheca Manuscripta: 1B: Studia Bibliographia, CCCM 121A (Turnholt, 1991), 540-65.


Imprint: Ghent: Arend de Keysere, 22 Aug. 1483. 4°.


Collation: a–p8 q10.

Illustrations: Woodcut.


ISTC: ig00713000

GW: GW 11865;

Hain: HC 8306;

Goff: Goff G‑713;

BMC: BMC IX 206;

Proctor: Pr 9460;

Others: BSB‑Ink G‑475; Campbell 905; HPT I 54-56, II 443; ILC 1145; Machiels, Arend de Keysere, 37-40, no. 13; Machiels, Boekdrukkunst, no. 16; Oates 4002; Sheppard 7260.

LCN: 14460502


Copy number: G-301(1)

Wanting the blank leaf a1.

On q10v the printer's device is below the woodcut title.

Binding: Ninetenth-century blind-tooled pigskin imitating an earlier style.

Size: 194 × 143 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 188 × 135 mm.

Marginal annotations, extracting key words and commenting on the text, in an early hand; early foliation, with chapter numbers and headings at the centre of the upper margin.

A six-line initial is supplied in red and blue on a5r; other initials, paragraph marks, and underlining of chapter headings are supplied in red; capitals marked in red.

Provenance: Purchased for 20 Belgian Francs from Camille Vyt, Catalogue 290, no. 266; see Library Bills, 24 Feb. 1886.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q 6.33.

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