Imitatio Christi, et al.
Analysis of Content
a1r Gerson, Johannes [pseudo-; Thomas àKempis]: Imitatio Christi. ‘De imitatione Christi et de contemptu omnium uanitatum mundi'. Thomas à Kempis, Opera, ed. Pohl, II 5-263.
p4v Gerson, Johannes: De meditatione cordis. Gerson, Oeuvres, VIII 77-84.
Imprint: Florence: Johannes Petri, 10 Nov. 1497. 8°.
Collation: [*4] a–i K l–p8 q4.
Illustrations: Woodcut initial.
Hain: HCR 9110;
Goff: Goff I‑33;
BMC: BMC VI 619, XII 45;
Proctor: Pr 6375;
Others: Copinger, Hand List, 52; not in Sheppard.
Copy number: T-110(1)
Binding: Contemporary Italian black goatskin, over pasteboards, with flap hinged on the upper cover. Blind-tooled. Originally closed with a tie (now lacking) which passed through two holes in the lower cover and two holes in the flap. Sides decorated with a saltire inside a rectangle, each filled with repeated impressions of a tool of two interlaced C‑forms enclosing a roundel and bounded by one thick between two thin lines; a free fleur-de-lis in each of the lozenge-shaped compartments thus formed. The flap decorated with the same tools differently disposed and lined with reddish-brown goatskin tooled to a different pattern with the same tools. Plain edges. Single uncoloured headbands. Sewn on three bands; the bands are outlined by one thick between two thin lines. Compartments filled with impressions of a flower-head tool. Pastedown and two free endleaves at each end, no watermark. The flap is uncommon on printed books, though common on ledgers. It hinges on the upper cover and is designed to fit outside the lower cover, unlike the Islamic flap, which hinges on the lower cover and fits inside the upper one.
Size: 142 × 101 × 19 mm.
Size of leaf: 138 × 103 mm.
A few marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, providing corrections to the text, and ‘nota' marks, in a contemporary humanist hand in brown ink.
Provenance: Modern woodcut of the Venetian Lion of St Mark pasted on q3v. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate; purchased from William H. Schab and Heinrich Eisemann in 1950 for £60; accession no. ‘R 920'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.
SHELFMARK: Broxb. 13.14.
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