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Bod-Inc: N-103

Nider, Johannes

Die vierundzwanzig goldenen Harfen.


Analysis of Content

[*2v] ‘Register'.

[*3v] [Introductory note.] Incipit: ‘[S]i in cuiusquam latini viri manus liber . . .’ The note mentions Johannes Nider as translator ('Hansen Nyder prediger Ordens zu Nürnberg'). See Dahmus, ‘Fifth-Century Monastic Wine', 243-4.

[a1r] [Introductory note.] Incipit: ‘[H]ie hebt sich an das aller nüczlichest . . .’ The note mentions ‘Hansen Nÿder prediger Ordens zu Nüremberg'; see N‑102.

[a1r] Nider, Johannes: Die vierundzwanzig goldenen Harfen. Incipit: ‘[S]anctus Johannes der ewangelist schreibt in dem bůch der heimlichen . . .’ Explicit: versteet man wol/d3 got ze dienen leicht ist. Amen A revision and German translation of Johannes Cassianus, Collationes patrum. See N‑102.


Imprint: Augsburg: Johann Bämler, 18 Dec. [14]72. Folio.


Collation: [*4 a–i10 k6 l6+1 m–q10 r4+1].

Illustrations: Woodcuts.


ISTC: in00223000

Hain: H *11847;

Goff: Goff N‑223;

BMC: BMC II 331;

Proctor: Pr 1601;

Others: BSB‑Ink N‑178; Schramm III pp. 1 and 25; Schreiber V 4849; Sheppard 1191.

LCN: 14468617


Copy number: N-103(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [*1], and [*4] containing the woodcut of the Elders in adoration.

Binding: Sixteenth-century German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with an early manuscript title at the head of the spine and red-edged leaves. Two clasps and catches lost. Triple fillets form the outer frame, within which is a decorative roll. Within the following frame is a foliate roll. Within the inner frame is a different decorative roll with faces within cameos. Vertical triple fillets divide the inner rectangle into two rectangular compartments, each decorated with the decorative roll of the outer frame.

Size: 248 × 185 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 240 × 172 mm.

Marginal notes, partly erased, in German, mainly extracting key words, in an early hand. Monogram ‘JN' on front pastedown; also found in N‑095.

On [a1r] a seven-line German initial ‘S' is supplied in blue with white pen-work decoration on a square gold ground with punch dotting, within a segmented red and green frame. On the same leaf, a foliate and floral border is supplied in red, green, white, blue, grey, with gold dots. Principal initials are supplied in blue or green with red pen-work decoration; other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Woodcut initials coloured in red, blue, or green.

Provenance: Augsburg, Bavaria, Discalced Carmelites, S. Anna; erased inscription on [*2r]: ‘Ex libris Carmelit: discalceat: Augustae'. J. T. Hand (fl. 1834-1837); armorial book-plate and signature on the front pastedown, signature on the rear endleaf; purchased at his sale (1837), lot 230, for £0. 4. 0: see Books Purchased (1837), 27.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q inf. 1.43.

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