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Bod-Inc: S-129

Seelentrost [Low German and Latin]


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A1v [Woodcut of Christ, within a border.]

A1r Der grosse Seelentrost. [Prologue.] Incipit: ‘[L]iber iste collectus est ex diuersis libris de biblia de passionali de hystoria ecclesiastica de speculo hystoriali de decretis et decretalibus de cronicis . . .’ The anonymous editor gives a list of the sources followed by the ten commandments. ed. M. Schmitt, Der Grosse Seelentrost (Cologne, 1959), 1.

A1r Der grosse Seelentrost. Incipit: ‘[D]er selentroist lycht an hilliger ler und an betracheinde der heiliger schryfft . . .’ ed. M. Schmitt 1-271; see VL VIII 1030-40, at 1034-7; B. Wachinger, ‘Pietas vel misericordia. Exempelsammlungen des späten Mittelalters', Kleinere Erzählformen, ed. K. Grubmüller (Munich, 1988), 225-42; I. Hruby, ‘Der selen troist', in T. Brüggemann and O. Brunken, Handbuch zur Kinder- und Jugendliteratur. Vom Beginn des Buchdrucks bis 1570 (Stuttgart, 1987), 158-80.

Q2r Gulden Ave Maria. Incipit: ‘  “Aue”  . God groisse dich moder . . .’ A word-by-word commentary on the prayer to the Virgin.

Q2v [Explicit of Der grosse Seelentrost.] ‘Dat ende van den groyssen sylentrost'.

Q4r [Der kleine Seelentrost.] ‘Hyr na uolget der cleynen sele troist unde leret uns uan den seuen sacramenten der hillygen kyrchen'. Incipit: ‘[K]ynt leue du salt dat ouch wissen dat uns Got hyr spiset myt seuenderhande Broyt . . .’ A work on the seven sacraments.

[*1r] ‘Der Tafel'.


Imprint: Cologne: Johann Koelhoff, the Elder, 23 June 1489. Folio.


Collation: A–K8.6 L–N6 O–R8.6 S6 T–X8 [*4].

Illustrations: Woodcuts and borders.


ISTC: is00359300

Hain: C 5342;

BMC: BMC I 228;

Proctor: Pr 1076;

Others: Borchling–Claussen 149; Schramm VIII pls 290-9; Sheppard 816-7; Voulliéme, Köln, 1066.

LCN: 14051114, 14051120


Copy number: S-129(1)

Bound with E‑023; see there for details of binding, decoration, and provenance.

Size of leaf: 282 × 200 mm.

Wanting A1. Leaf A2 was removed from Douce Prints 172 fol. 142 in 1893. The following are mutilated, all the woodcuts and the colophon having been cut away: C3, E3, H3, K4, M4, N5,6, O5, P1, Q2, [*4]. Nine of the missing woodcuts are pasted in Douce Prints, c. 24, fols 143-5, now transferred to the Ashmolean Museum; another of the woodcuts from this item is now inserted in E‑006 (Douce 187), Egenolf Von Staufenberg, Die Geschichte vom Ritter Peter Diemringer von Staufenberg [Strasbourg: Martin Schott, c.1489-90], after leaf [a6].

On A2r a woodcut border is coloured and a four-line initial is supplied in blue with red pen-work decoration, in the same style as item 1. Other initials are supplied in red or blue; capital strokes in red.

SHELFMARK: Douce adds. 83(2).

Copy number: S-129(2)

Wanting A1,2, and the blank leaves Q3 and X8. The same leaves are mutilated as in the first copy. Leaf [*4] is backed with a parchment leaf of a much damaged liturgical manuscript. Leaves M3 and M4 are bound in the wrong order. Nine of the missing cuts are pasted in Douce Prints, c. 25, fols 62-64, now transferred to the Ashmolean Museum.

Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) half calf over marbled pasteboards, with remains of a manuscript label, on paper, at the head of the spine. Marbled pastedowns.

Size: 270 × 205 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 265 × 197 mm.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); small circular stamp in black ink. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce adds. 77.

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