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DE IMITATIONE CHRISTI

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Y.d.1450.1

Physical description

Four leaves of paper, the remainder vellum. 150 x 115mm. 164 ff. Collation: i6 (wants 6), 18-208. The first five chapters, and the opening sentences of chapter six, are supplied in a 17th century hand on paper. Binding: 17th century mottled calf with gilt spine; gilt spine label reads 'De imitatione Christi libri quatuo manuscript'; marbled endpapers.

Contents

  1. ff.ir-30r 'De imitatione Christi liber primus'.
  2. ff.30r-49r '… liber secundus continens ammoniciones ad interna tendentes'.
  3. ff.49r-80r 'Incipit tercius de deuota Christi suscepcione et sacra conmunione' (Actually book 4).
  4. ff.80r-160v '… liber quartus de interna Christi locucione ad animam fidelem' (Actually book 3). (f.160v: Explicit liber de perfecta imitacione Christi et contemptu omnium uanitatum mundi scriptus per nicolaum henrici).

Date

c.1450.

Provenance

'Monasterii Sancti Vitoni Vird. codex 98.' appears at the head of f.ir i.e. the Benedictine Monastery of St Vanne (or Vitonus) at Verdun. (Alban Butler, The lives of the primitive fathers, martyrs, and other principal saints ... 3rd ed. vol. XI (Edinburgh, 1799) pp. 186-7: 'St Vanne, or Vitonus, Bishop of Verdun ... A celebrated congregation of reformed Benedictins in Lorrain, formed in the abbey of S. Vanne at Verdun in 1604, takes him for patron'.)
Given by George Udny Yule, 1 September 1939 (note on flyleaf, label inside front cover).

Bibliography

I.C. Cunningham & A.G. Watson (eds.), Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries by N.R. Ker. V Indexes and Addenda (Oxford, 2002) no. 117.

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