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Bod-Inc: T-097

Thomas àKempis

Imitatio Christi.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.] ‘Liber de imitatione Ihesu Cristi'.

a2r [Introduction.] Incipit: ‘[A]pud omnes sane mentis homines ea demum scientia appetibilis . . .’

a2v [Thomas àKempis]: Imitatio Christi. ‘De imitacione Christi et contemptu omnium uanitatum mundi'. Thomas à Kempis, Opera, ed. Pohl, II 5-263.

dd4v [Explicit.] Incipit: ‘Explicit liber de imitacione Ihesu Christi conscriptum a quodam uiro . . .’

dd5r [Colophon.]

dd5r ‘Capitula'.

ee3r ‘Oratio xxxiii ex libro orationum seu meditacionum de uita et passione Ihesu'. Incipit: ‘[B]enedico te Ihesu reparator uiciate nature . . .’ Explicit: donec accipiar ad gratiam

ee6v ‘Oratio beati Augustini'. Incipit: ‘[D]omine Ihesu Christe fili dei uiui qui in hunc mundum propter nos peccatores . . .’ ad societatem ciuium superorum..amen V. Leroquais, Les Psautiers manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France, 2 vols (Mâcon, 1940-1), I 23.


Imprint: [Lübeck: Matthaeus Brandis], 1485. 8°.

Remarks: As assigned by Pr and Sheppard.


Collation: a–z aa–ee8.

Types: Types: 155 (approx.), title; 98 (Haebler, types 1,2).

Leaves: 224 leaves.

Line number: 19 lines (a1r).

Type area: Type area: 145 ×100 mm (a1r).


ISTC: ii00007000

Hain: H 9086; C Addenda 3228a; R 949;

Goff: Goff I‑7;

Proctor: Pr 2642;

Others: GfT 44; Sheppard 1906. Microfiche: Unit 19: Printing in and for the Baltic Area Part II, BA 111.

LCN: 14536724


Copy number: T-097(1)

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled, much worn, calf over wooden boards, with one metal clasp and catch. Leather index tabs dyed red. Triple fillets form a double frame. On the upper cover, within the outer frame a circular ‘IHS' stamp; within the inner rectangle small circular floral stamps, very small lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis, and a rectangular scroll. The lower cover is not stamped.

Size: 149 × 110 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 145 × 100 mm.

The front pastedown consists of half of a letter in Middle Low German, on parchment, dated [14]85, and addressed to Gerhard der Streitbare (†1500), Count of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst, Westphalia; see Zedler VII 461-2 and XXV 1136-37; SC 509.

Interlinear punctuation has been added in an early hand in brown ink, throughout the book. In the same hand also some marginal corrections.

On a2r a four-line initial ‘A' is supplied in red with brown pen-work decoration. From the letter extends a floral and foliate border in the inner and lower margin, in red and brown. Other initials are supplied in red, sometimes with reserved white decoration; chapter heading underlining and capital strokes in red.

Provenance: William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury (1573-1645); inscription on a2r: ‘Liber Guilielmi Laud Archiepiscopi Cantuariensis et Cancellarii Vniuersitatis Oxoniensis 1635'. Donated by Laud in 1636; see Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, p. xxxvi.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: Laud 26; B.28 Laud.

SHELFMARK: MS. Laud Misc. 26.

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