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Vitae sanctorum patrum [longer version; index: ‘Abrahe . . .'].


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [A note on the organization of the material.] Incipit: ‘[N]e occasione stili hoc in opere obseruati quisquam legentium aut audientium . . .’

[a2r] [Table of contents.] Incipit: ‘[A]brahe heremite conuersatio et uita . . .’

[b2r] Hieronymus [pseudo-]: Vitae sanctorum patrum pt I. ‘Vitaspatrum.’ [Latin version by Tyrannius Rufinus.] ed. Schulz-Flügel, 243-387, with the saints' lives in the following order: Prol., i–xxx, xxxii–xxxiii, Epil. 1-4, Epil. 5-16. For a discussion of the identity of the author and translator see ed. Schulz-Flügel 37-48.

[d5r] Hieronymus: Vitae sanctorum patrum: Vita Pauli. ed. Hurter, 36-42; see CPL 617.

[d7r] Evagrius: ‘Prologus.’ PL LXXIII 125-6.

[d7r] Athanasius: ‘Prefatio.’ PL LXXIII 125-8.

[d7v] Athanasius: ‘Vita sancti Antonii.’ Translated by Evagrius. PL LXIII 127-68.

[f4r] Hieronymus: Vitae sanctorum patrum: Vitae Hilarionis et Malchi. ed. Hurter, 42-59 (Hilarion), 60-4 (Malchus); see CPL 618-19.

[g2r] Hieronymus [pseudo-]: Vitae sanctorum patrum: Vita Pauli. Compiled by Tyrannius Rufinus. ed. Schulz-Flügel no. xxxi.

[g3r] Hieronymus [pseudo-]: Vitae sanctorum patrum. Paula (ed. Hieronymus): PL XXII 878-906; Pelagia: PL LXXIII 663-72, with variations. On the legend of Pelagia see H‑109.

[h5r] Paulus Diaconus: Prologue.

[h5r] Hieronymus [pseudo-]: Vitae sanctorum patrum. Maria Egyptiaca: PL LXXIII 671-90; Marina: PL LXXIII 691-4; Eufrosina: Eufrosina dicitur quasi effra et syna . . .Paphuncio anachorite; PL LXXIII 643-52; Frontonius: PL LXXIII 437-42; Symeon: PL LXXIII 325-34; Eufraxia: PL LXXIII 623-42; Macharius: PL LXXIII 415-26; Pasthumius: PL LXXIII 429-38; Onuffrius: PL LXXIII 211-20; Abraham: PL LXXIII 281-92; Pachomius: PL LXXIII 227-72; Cristianus: PL LXXIII 76-7.

[n5v] ‘Prefatio.’ Incipit: ‘[C]ogitante me ac diu tacite . . .’

[n5v] Leontius, Bishop of Neapolis, Cyprus: Vita of Johannes, Bishop of Alexandria. PL LXXIII 337-84.

[p1v] Hieronymus [pseudo-]: Vitae sanctorum patrum. Eugenia: PL LXXIII 605-24; Basilius: PL LXXIII 293-312, with variations; Effrem: Fratres enarrationem volo facere de Basilio . . . locutus est ad eos. On the legend of Pelagia see H‑109.

[q1r] ‘Registrum secundi libri.’

[q2v] Rufinus, Tyrannius: ‘Prologus.’ PL LXXIII 739-40.

[q2v] [Hieronymus pseudo-]: ‘Adhortationes sanctorum patrum.’ [Also known as Verba seniorum. Latin version by Tyrannius Rufinus.] PL LXXIII 739-810.

[s10r] [Hieronymus pseudo-: Libelli.] ‘Libellus de profectu patrum.’ PL LXXIII 855-988. Translated by Pelagius Diaconus (note on [A1v]). On the identities of the translators see H‑109.

[A1v] [Hieronymus pseudo-: Libelli.] Translated by Johannes Subdiaconus (note on [A1v]). PL LXXIII 993-1022.

[B1v] [Hieronymus pseudo-: Libelli (extracts).] PL LXXIII 754-5, 752, 753.

[B2v] [Hieronymus pseudo-: Vitae sanctorum patrum pt III.] ‘De regulari conuersione Egiptorum monachorum.’ PL LXXIII 813-48. Extracts from Cassian and Severus Sulpicius.

[C4r] [Hieronymus pseudo-: Vitae sanctorum patrum pt IV.] ‘Liber exhortationum.’ PL LXXIII 1025-62.

[D5v] ‘Capitula subsequentis opusculi.’

[D5v] [Hieronymus pseudo-: Vitae sanctorum patrum pt V.] ‘De laude et effectu virtutum.’ Incipit: ‘[T]ue non immemor petitionis hanc ammonitionem pro anime tue profectu . . .’


Imprint: Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 7 May 1478. Folio.


Collation: [a6 b–n10.8 o p10 q–z A B10.8 C D8 E6].


ISTC: ih00199000

Hain: HC *8595;

Goff: Goff H‑199;

BMC: BMC II 416;

Proctor: Pr 1985;

Others: CIBN H‑122; Hillard 1012; Oates 989-90; Rhodes 919; Sack, Freiburg, 3686; Sheppard 1446-7.

LCN: 14767648, 14767705


Copy number: H-111(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [b1] and [E6].

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf with paper boards; bound for Kloß. One catch from the old binding re-attached (note on the front pastedown, in the hand of Madan(?)), the other formerly re-attached, now lost. Two parchment index tabs.

Size: 427 × 289 × 65 mm.

Size of leaf: 410 × 282 mm.

Manuscript title in a fifteenth-century(?) hand on [a1r]. Early annotations, including corrections to the text in black ink, also ‘nota' marks and pointing hands, some in red, and underlining in the text in black ink. On [d5r]: ‘Nota quod hic incipit Iheronimus suum vitas patrum.' On [D5v]: ‘tractatus deuotus de laude uirtutum et non est de essentia libri vitaspatrum.' On [e6r] 14 confessional slips bearing the inscription: ‘Confessio Paschalis pro anno 1742 BVM in Bethlehem.’

On [b2r] a 14-line initial ‘B', and on [b2v] a five-line initial ‘P' are supplied in red with floral decoration in black ink within the body of the letter. Other two- to five-line initials, some supplied in red with floral decoration in black ink within the body of the letter, and with extensions into the margins, others supplied in blue, and some rubrics are supplied in red; paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: Nicolaus Wijde (fifteenth/sixteenth century). Frankenthal, Augustinian Canons Regular, S. Maria Magdalena, from Nicolaus Wijde; inscriptions in fifteenth/sixteenth-century hands on [p10v]: ‘Istud volumen pertinet monasterio beate Marie Magdalene in maiore Franckentall inter Spiram et Wormaciam circa Renum situato. ordinis canonicorum regularium beati Augustinus(!) episcopi et doctoris ecclesie catholice eximii Donatum eidem ab honorabili viro domino Nicolao Wijde vicario maioris ecclesie Spirensis cuius anima requiescat in sancta pace. Amen'; and on [E3r]: ‘Ad maius Franckendall pertinet liber iste'; the former inscription corresponds to the formula used by the Frankenthal librarian who wrote the 1486 catalogue; see Aliza Cohen-Mushlin, A Medieval Scriptorium: Sancta Maria Magdalena de Frankendal, 2 vols (Wiesbaden, 1990), I 146. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; sale (1835), lot 2018. Purchased for £1. 2. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 14.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q inf. 2.19.

Copy number: H-111(2)

Not in Sheppard.

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled half calf over wooden boards, with two clasps and catches. On the upper cover triple fillets form a frame, within which is a repeated floral stamp and a repeated rosette stamp; further triple fillets form an inner rectangle containing a repeated fleuron stamp. On the lower cover triple fillets form a rectangle which is subdivided by further triple fillets into two compartments, one with the repeated fleuron stamp, the other with the repeated rosette stamp.

Size: 416 × 293 × 76 mm.

Size of leaf: 401 × 287 mm.

On [b2r] a south German historiated 14-line initial ‘B' is supplied in blue with scrolling in black and white on a gold ground within a border of light and dark green; within the body of the letter is the Resurrection; in the foreground a central male figure in a dark blue robe and a red hat, with an angel behind him dressed in green, looking up towards the figure in the background of Christ rising from the tomb. The letter has floral and foliate extensions into the margins in blue, pink, red, and green, culminating in the upper margin in a large gold dot, in the lower margin in a coat of arms (gules a fess argent, overall a griffin segreant or, armed of the first and second), with mantling in red and yellow; in a note on the recto of the front endleaf, Ehrman suggested that the arms were those of Johannes Beck (see below). On [q2v] a five-line initial ‘Q' is supplied in green, with curling acanthus scrolls outlined in yellow on a pink ground, with curling acanthus scrolls edged in yellow; foliate extensions into the margins in green and pink. Other two- to five-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: Johannes Beck (Peck) (fifteenth/sixteenth century); inscriptions on front pastedown, on [E5v], and on back pastedown: ‘Liber mei Johannis Peck decretorum licenciati canonici Ratisponensis'. Regensburg, Bavaria, Jesuits, 1620; inscription on [a2r]: ‘Collegii Societatis Jesu Ratisponæ 1620'. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate; given to Ehrman in 1944 on his birthday by R[ ]; note on front endleaf; accession no. ‘R 202'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 67.1.

Copy number: H-111(3)

Bound with:
2. Leonardus de Utino, Sermones de sanctis. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 22 Jan. 1478 (L‑084(1)).

Fragment: gathering [a] (table) only. This was probably inserted by mistake by the binder.

Binding: Contemporary south German dyed(?) blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards; central boss and four corner-pieces lost from each cover, also two catches and clasps. On both covers fillets form a double intersecting frame. Outside the outer frame is a small flower-petal stamp, a palmette stamp, and a fleur-de-lis stamp, all repeated on three sides of each cover. Inside the outer frame is a fleuron and a lozenge-shaped eagle stamp, both repeated. Further fillets form an inner rectangle containing merrythoughts made from headed-outline tools. On the spine the palmette stamp, the small flower-petal stamp, the fleur-de-lis stamp, and a lozenge-shaped stamp, now too worn to be identified. At the foot of the lower cover a paper label pasted on upside down inscribed ‘Sermones Leonardi de Utino de sanctis' in black ink in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand. White paper label bearing the number ‘423' at the foot of the spine.

Size: 415 × 294 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 407 × 265 mm.

Two- and three-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, are supplied in red; capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Jacobus Matzenberger (fl. c.1483-98); inscription in red ink on old endleaf attached to front pastedown: ‘1486. Rogat presentis libri emptor Jacobus Matzenberger basilice beate Marie virginis in Memmingen plebanus quatenus omnis illo (ipso viam attigente periado(?)) utentes ad deum preces pro eo fundant deuotas vt ipse deus in vltimo districti examinis iudicio sui misereatur. Ita est Jacobus Matzenberger manu propria'. Purchased for £1. 1. 0; see Books Purchased (1851), 71.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 1.11(1).

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