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DE IMITATIONE CHRISTI, VITA CHRISTI, ETC.

College classmark: 
Y.d.1531.1

Physical description

Paper. 215 x 150mm. 247ff. Collation: the signatures for ff. 1-168 are as follows a8-e8, f8 (-1), g8-k8, l6, m6 (-1); a8-i8, k6, l6. Binding: 19th century blind-stamped brown leather binding by Hayday, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.

Folios 1r-79r have interlinear and marginal annotations in Latin and Dutch.

Contents

    1. ff.1r-17v 'Incipit primus liber \Thome a Kempis/ De imitatione christi et contemptu omnium uanitatum mundi'.
    2. ff.17v-27r 'Incipit secundus. De interna conuersatione'.
    3. ff.27r-65r 'Incipit tercius. De interna christi locutione ad animam fidelem'.
    4. ff.65r-79r 'Incipit liber quartus. Deuota exhortatio ad sacram corporis christi communionem'.
    5. ff.79v-84r 'Incipit tractatus de meditatione cordis Joannis gerson' (f.84r 'Finiunt libri quatuor Joannis gerson de imitatione christi, exarati per franciscum montfordie de weert. Ad usum quoque honorandi patris domini Nicolai bruynix presbyteri Decani christianitatis Concilii Tongrensis, Anno domini xv. xxxi. die uero maii xxv. Deo gratias.').
    6. f.84v 'Capita libri primi gersonis, De imitatione christi et contemptu omnium uanitatum mundi'. This covers the following 5 unnumbered folios.

      1 blank folio.

  1. ff.85r-168r 'Beati bonauenture doctoris seraphici ordinis fratrum minorum in meditationes deuotas uite Jhesu christi saluatoris nostri' (f.168r 'Explicit liber aureus de uita christi per sanctum Bonauenturam doctorem seraphicum editus, Scriptus autem per Franciscum montfordie de weert, ad usum uenerandi uiri domini Nicolai bruynicks Decani Christianitatis Concilii Tongrensis, et Canonici sancti Odulphi Lossensis Leodiensis dyocesis. Louanii in platea Cati moram facientis. Anno domini. mo. ccccc. xxxo. xii. Decembris. Deo gracias.').
  2. ff.169r-226r 'De uita et beneficiis saluatoris Jesu christi deuotissime meditationes cum graciarum actione' (f.226r 'Explicit deuotissimus libellus de uita et beneficiis saluatoris Jesu christi cum meditationibus et graciarum actione Completus ipso die natiuitatis eiusdem saluatoris nostri per me franciscum de weert Anno millesimo quingentesimoquinto.').
  3. ff.226v-233r 'Qualiter homo in statu spirituali proficere uolens contra octo principalia uicia pugnabit' (f.233r 'Finis de modo preliandi contra octo uicia principalia.').
  4. ff.234r-244v 'Tractatulus de arte moriendi'.
  5. ff.245r-247r 'Incipit carmen deuotissimum in laudem gloriose uirginis marie'.
  6. f.247v 'De uenerabili sacramento'. 14 lines.
  7. f.247v 'Carmen [ ] de uenerabili Sacramento'. 25 lines in a different hand.

Date

1505 (f.226r), 1530 (f.168r), 1531 (f.84r).

Provenance

Armorial bookplate inside front cover with 'Aldenham House Herts' and motto 'tenax propositi'.
'Henry H. Gibbs St Dunstans 1883.' on flyleaf.
Entry from (Maggs Bros?) sale catalogue pasted onto flyleaf.
Given by George Udny Yule, 1 September 1939 (note on flyleaf, donation label inside back cover).

Bibliography

R. Beadle, 'Dated and datable manuscripts in Cambridge libraries', English manuscript studies 1100-1700 3 (1992), 244.

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