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Bod-Inc: J-126

Johannes Chrysostomus

Epistola ad Cyriacum.


Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Title-page.]

[*2r] Leodrysius Cribellus: [Letter addressed to] Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini. Incipit: ‘[A]d patrem reuerentia cultuque dignissimum . . . Existimo dignissime presul ingentem iam esse litterarum aceruum . . .’ Dated Milan, 17 Aug. 1457.

[*2r] Johannes Chrysostomus [pseudo-]: Epistola ad Cyriacum. Translated by Leodrysius Cribellus. Incipit: ‘[A]ge rursus exhauriam meroris tui cultus . . .’ ed. Gelenius, V (1547), 974-7; see CPG 4405.

[*4r] [Persona, Christophorus: Prologue addressed to Marcus Barbus.] Incipit: ‘[R]eputanti mihi reuerendissime pater quanto studio . . .’ The names of Persona and of the dedicatee are given in the rubric to the Sermons.

[*4v] [Table of contents.]

A1r Johannes Chrysostomus: Sermones xxv morales. Translated by Christophorus Persona. Incipit: ‘Sermones beati Chrysostomi quinque et viginti per Christophorum Personam et priorem sancte Balbine nuper e greco in latinum traducti ac reuerendissomo domino domino Marco Barbo et Veneto cardinali sancti Marci viro omni laude cumulato dedicati et inscripti quorum primus contra auaritiam siue pecuniarum amore. Sermo primus. [E]uertendi sunt nobis malorum fontes . . .’ The printed rubric is identical to the rubric added by hand to the Rome edition c.1470, editio princeps (H 5039; J‑140(2)). The sequence of the sermons is also the same: [1] ‘Euertendi'; [2] ‘Age tandem'; [3] ‘Corpus'; [4] ‘Audite fratres'; [5] ‘Quo tandem'; [6] ‘Quid tandem'; [7] ‘Gratie'; [8] ‘Paulum'; [9] ‘Si quis natura'; [10] ‘Quid stipem'; [11] ‘Ingemiscendi'; [12] ‘Excitatus'; [13] ‘Animaduerte'; [14] ‘Iungamus'; [15] ‘Quemadmodum cibo'; [16] ‘Si opifices'; [17] ‘Imitemur'; [18] ‘Sectemur'; [19] ‘Haut eque'; [20] ‘Rerum tuarum'; [21] ‘Nemo'; [22] ‘Quemadmodum inquit'; [23] ‘Turtur solitudinis'; [24] ‘Caritatem'; [25] ‘Eo ipsi'. See Max Keuffer, Beschreibendes Verzeichnis der Handschriften der Stadtbibliothek zu Trier (Trier, 1891), no. 147 (item 21), homilies 1-17 only; R. Ètaix, ‘Les sermons de saint Jean Chrysostome traduits par Cristoforo Persona', Revue des études augustiniennes, 30 (1984), 42-7; on the translation see also Livia Martinoli Santini, ‘Le traduzioni dal greco', in Un pontificato ed una città, 81-101, note 45.

E5r Johannes Chrysostomus: Epistola ad Theodorum. Translated by Christophorus Persona. Incipit: ‘[S]i possem litteris lachrymas tibi meas significare . . .’ ed. Gelenius, V (1547), 1009-18; see CPG 4405.


Imprint: [Cologne: Johann Koelhoff, the Elder, c.1487]. Folio.


Collation: [*] A–E8.


ISTC: ij00284000

Hain: HC *5040;

Goff: Goff J‑284;

BMC: BMC I 228;

Proctor: Pr 1078;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑356; Oates 551, 551.5; Sheppard 818; Voulliéme, Köln, 643.

LCN: 14486501


Copy number: J-126(1)

Bound with:
1. Johannes Chrysostomus, Opus imperfectum in Matthaeum. Cologne: Johann Koelhoff, the Elder, 1487 (J‑135).

Binding: Nineteenth-century calf, bound for the Bodleian; red-edged leaves. Although the two items are rubricated in a similar style they were probably not always together, as shown by the water damage and worming of the first gathering of item 2 which does not affect item 1.

Size: 294 × 215 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 285 × 208 mm.

On A1r a five-line initial ‘E' is supplied in blue on a red and yellow pen-flourished ground. Other initials, paragraph marks, underlining of chapter headings, and capital strokes are supplied in red.

Provenance: Joseph Niesert (1766-1841); inscription on [*1r] of item 1: ‘Bibliothecae J. Niesert pastoris in Velen. 1820'; sale (1843), lot 13907. Purchased for £0. 16. 0; see Books Purchased (1843), 28.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 4.46(2).

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