Analysis of Content
[A2r] [Philippi, Jacobus]: Praecordiale devotorum. ‘Prefatio.’ Incipit: ‘[N]omen hoc precordiale sanctum sacerdotum hic libellus accepit . . .’ It includes an introduction on priesthood, meditations for each day of the week, others on the feasts of saints, and on the passion of Christ. See M. Viller, ‘Le Praecordiale sacerdotum de Jacques Philippi (1489)', Revue d'ascétique et de mystique, 11 (1930), 375-95.
Imprint: Strasbourg: [Johann Prüss], 1489. 8°.
Collation: [A8] B–T8 V12.
Illustrations: Woodcut on A1v.
Hain: H *13318;
Goff: Goff P‑952;
BMC: BMC I 123;
Proctor: Pr 546;
Others: BSB‑Ink P‑461; CIBN P‑338; Sack, Freiburg, 2868-9; Schramm XX p. 25; Schreiber V 5012; Sheppard 422.
Copy number: P-283(1)
Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, dated 1490, with metal clasp and catch. Manuscript title along the lower edge. On the upper cover, double fillets form a triple frame. Within the outer frame a floral and foliate stamp; within the following frame a foliate stamp; the inner rectangle is decorated with 12 five-petalled flower stamps. On the lower cover, diagonal double fillets divide the area into triangular compartments, decorated with the foliate stamp; a five-petalled flower at each intersection of the fillets. Rebacked. Leather index tab on [A1].
Size: 143 × 103 × 43 mm.
Size of leaf: 137 × 100 mm.
Parchment endleaves from a deed in German, dated 1371 (for a transcript see MS. Germ. b. 3, fol. 4).
At the end are bound 36 manuscript leaves containing a substantial set of prayers for the meditation at the Passion; also dicta by the doctors of the church, and a hymn, 'Qui fui sacre fidei' (ex informatione Nigel Palmer). A cut by Virgil Solis (1514-1562) of Christ before Pilate copied from Dürer's 'Little Passion' is pasted inside the upper cover; it is discussed in a note by C. F. Bell dated 22 Feb. 1921 and pasted onto front endleaf.
Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes in red.
Provenance: Eras[mus] Bannsz (fl. c.1500); name on the front endleaf. Johannes Velber (fl. c.1500); name on the rear pastedown. Purchased on 24 Apr. 1884 from James E. Cornish for £0. 12. 0; see Library Bills (1884), no. 98.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 5Q 6.3.
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