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Gordan MS 62 Germany, s. XIV

Heinrich von Friemar / Sermones de sanctis, pars hiemalis

ff. 1r-92v Incipiunt sermones de sanctis compilati per magistrum henricum de Urimaria. Sermo primus de sancto andrea apostolo. Ascendam in palmam et apprehendam fructus eius cantico septimo. sic dicit Bernardus in sermone.

Inc: per palmam arbor crucis intelligitur preciosior cunctis. . .

Expl.: accipere omnia libenter propter ipsum comtempnere. Quod nobis preparare dignetur. Tertium sermonem de beata maria magdalena Anima mea liquefacta est invenies in principio secundi uoluminis huius libri. qui diuisus est iste liber sermonum in duo uolumina. Tibi laus uera natura. Et gloria eterna bonitas tibi gratiarum actio summa et perfecta caritas. Sit tibi nunc et in eternum o benedicta trinitas per omnibus donis et beneficiis tuis domine deus meus. Amen.

Heinrich von Friemar, Sermones de Sanctis, pars Hiemalis. The cycle of sermons ends with the second sermon for Mary Magdalen. A. Zumkeller, Manuskripte von Werken der Autoren des Augustiner-Eremitenordens in mitteleuropäischen Bibliotheken (Würzburg, 1966) no. 333 (includes Gordan MS 62).

Parchment, ff. ii (i=front pastedown) + 92 + ii (ii=back pastedown), 235 x 173 (175 x 119) mm, modern foliation. Written in two columns of 39 ruled lines with single vertical bounding lines on either side of each column and horizontal bounding lines varying from single to triple full across in lead. All the ruled lines frequently extend across inner margin.

I-VII12, VIII10. Horizontal catchwords in far lower right margin, in gutter, verso. Quire and leaf signatures in lower right corner recto (i.e., d1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) for first half of each quire.

Written by a single scribe in a gothic bookhand below the top line.

On f. 1r text begins with a 7-line red and blue initial with red and blue extensions forming a border across the top and down the inside margin and extending part of the way into the lower margin. Many other initials, red alternating with blue, vary from 2- to 12-lines; the longer initials are often 4-line with part of the initial extending down the inside margin. Rubrication, red underlining, red paragraph markers and sentence strokes throughout. Occasional blue paragraph markers on leaves with blue initials. Guide letters to rubricator visible.

Binding: Original doeskin over wooden boards with two shield-shaped catches on the lower board with remains of leather straps. Boards are very worm damaged; spine is badly decomposed. On paper labels on spine: “83", "O", and “468”.

Written in Germany in the fourteenth century. Owned by the Library of the Charterhouse of St. Barbara in Cologne (ownership inscription on inside front cover: "pars hyemalis sermones henricus de Urimaria [in another hand: de sanctis pertinet] Carthusiensis in Colonia"; new no. O 195, traces visible of number on spine). In the collection of Leander van Ess of Darmstadt (no. 83 on spine), and sold in 1824 to Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 468 on spine and written in lower margin of f. 1r; Middle Hill stamp on f. i recto). Phillipps' sale (London, 1910, no. 797) to Halliday; n. 203 in a "modern English catalogue" according to the entry for owner Emerson G. Wulling, Minneapolis, MN in De Ricci, p. 1141, no. 2. In the library of Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate), and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: gloriose corone

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1141, no. 2. Faye and Bond, p. 400, no. 62. Richard Bruce Marks, Medieval Manuscript Library of the Charterhouse of St. Barbara in Cologne, Analecta Cartusiana 22, James Hogg, ed. (Salzburg, 1974) 378.

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