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Bod-Inc: P-463

Privilegia Ordinis Cisterciensis (ed. Johannes, Abbas Cistercii)


Analysis of Content

a2r [Verse within woodcut.] Incipit: ‘Quam tibi Cisterci placeat sanctissimus ordo | hec nobis primum ostensio facta probat'; 2 elegiac distichs.

a2v [Verse within woodcut.] Incipit: ‘Ut sydus nitidum: vester prefulgidus ordo | Iam penitus toto clarus in orbe micat'; 2 elegiac distichs.

a2v [Verse within woodcut.] Incipit: ‘Anno milleno centeno bis minus uno | Sub patre Roberto cepit Cistercius ordo'; 2 hexameters.

a3r Johannes [de Cirey: Preface]. ‘Breuis prefatio super sequenti collecta'. Incipit: ‘[I]n nomine sancte trinitatis. Nos frater Johannes abbas Cistercii frequentius . . .’

a4r [Privilegia Ordinis Cisterciensis.] Edited by Johannes de Cirey, Abbot of Cîteaux, as stated in his preface. ‘Priuilegium domini Paschalis pape. ii. Quod locus cistercii ab omni mortalium molestiis tutus et liber maneat . . .’ Incipit: ‘[P]ascalis Episcopus seruus seruorum dei. Uenerabili filio Alberico noui monasterii abbati . . .’

B4r [Johannes de Cirey]: ‘Conclusio'. Incipit: ‘Eya venerabiles et egregii patres amantissimique ac devotissimi fratres . . .’

B5v ‘Carmen rithmicum in laudem Cistercii'. Incipit: ‘Gaude felix mater Cistercium. firmamenti spera stelligera. | Paradisus lignorum omnium: quem diuina plantauit dextera. | Fons erumpens in quadrifluuium: quo virtutum rigantur olera. | Te fundauit virgo perpetua: trinitatis sacrum triclinium.'; 7 strophes of 4 lines each. See Chevalier, Rep. hymn., 26952; Walther, Initia, 7045.

B6r [Colophon.]

B6r Leontorius, Conradus: [Verse addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Quisquis es accipies istum qui forte libellum. | Ordinis eximii quisquis amator ades'; 17 elegiac distichs.


Imprint: Dijon: Petrus Metlinger, 4 July 1491. 4°.


Collation: a–z A B8.

Illustrations: Woodcut.


ISTC: ip00976000

Hain: HC *13367 = H 9391;

Goff: Goff P‑976;


Proctor: Pr 8795;

Others: CIBN P‑608; Hillard 1688; Oates 3286.5; Sheppard 6835; J. Vial, ‘Un imprimeur allemand en Bourgogne au XVe siècle', Gb Jb (1955), 93-7, at 95.

LCN: 14840181


Copy number: P-463(1)

Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled calf over wooden boards. Two catches lost and remains of two clasps. Four metal corner-pieces and the centre-piece now lost. A strip of parchment from a manuscript containing a noted liturgical text, fifteenth-century(?), has been used to reinforce the spine, painted over in white. Seventeenth-century manuscript title on a rectangular paper label at head of the spine. Triple fillets form a double frame; within the outer frame there are no stamps. Within the following frame a repeated drop-shaped dragon stamp. In the inner rectangle curved-outline tools make up merrythoughts, each containing a lozenge-shaped floral stamp.

Size: 238 × 165 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 227 × 160 mm.

Leaves (from a twelfth-century German gradual) removed from the binding are now MS. Lat. liturg. d. 16, fols 46-7 (ex informatione Martin Kauffmann). The rear pastedown consists of half a leaf containing a German early printed text, incipit: ‘etc Besonnder lieben herrn unnd frundt/Ewr schreiben . . .’

One note probably in Harder's hand. Some marginal notes, mainly ‘nota' marks, some extraction of key words, pointing hands in at least two seventeenth-century hands. Early manuscript foliation: 1-283.

Provenance: Caspar Harder, Abbot of Fürstenfeld (1513-22); inscription on front pastedown; ‘Comperatus per fratrem Caspar Abbatem in campo principis'; ‘Anno 1.5.14'. Fürstenfeld, Bavaria, Cistercians, BVM and S. Bernardus; inscription on a2r: ‘Monasterij Fürstenueld.' Purchased for £1. 11. 6; see Books Purchased (1840), 8.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q. 5.56.

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