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illumination from Gordan MS 51

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MS 3 Germany, s. XV (no later than 1438)

Albertus Magnus / Mariale; Jacobus de Voragine / De laudibus beatae mariae virginis

I. 1. ff. 1r-126v

Inc.: Clara est et que numquam marcessit sapientia et facile videtur ab his qui diligunt eam invenietur ab his qui quaerunt eam preocupat qui se concupiscunt vt illis se prior...

Expl.: dum ad seruicem concurrit matrem infantumque ab alterutro excitata deuotione mirabilius fiat miraculum de miraculo. Amen. Laudes beate virginis Alberti.

Missing ff. 47-49. Text breaks off at f. 46v: sapientia cum quidem gustus spiritualis//, and resumes on f. 50r: //hic quatenus admonendi condicendo et ita...

Borgnet, A. B. Alberti Magni... Opera omnia, v. 37 (Paris, 1898) pp. 1-321.

2. ff. 127r-128v [Table of contents:] Si maria fuit missionum signum/ Que conueniat mitti homines... Non erit impossible apud deum. [colophon:] Explicit tabula materiarum comprehensarum in hoc libro in parte anteriori completa per me Georgium Ruch pro tunc plebanus in lutrien possessor libri presentis anno Domini 1438 die Leonhardi. f. 129 blank.

Table of contents for art. 1.

II. 3. ff. 130r-228r [contemporary foliation ff. 1r- 101r]

Inc.: [A]bstinencia multipliciter fuit in beatissima maria uirgine gloriosa. Est enim quadruplex species abstinencie prima est abstinencia ob omnibus nocuis de qua dicitur in Cor.

Expl.: ...beatissime illa tamen hic specialiter designatur quae materna transfixit uiscera domino in cruce moriente. Finito libro. Sit laus et gloria christo.

Jacobus de Voragine, De laudibus Beatae Mariae Virginis. Schneyer 672 and Kaeppili, SOPMA 2158.

4. ff. 228v-229r [Table of contents:] [A]bstinenciam quadruplicem habuit beata virgo/ folio primo/ Aduocata/...vulnerata multis gladiis 99. [colophon:] Explicit tabula presentis opusculi posita ad breviandam laborem quaerentis. 1438. f. 230 blank.

Table of contents for art. 3.

Composed of two distinct parts; paper, ff. 230, 299 x 213 mm.

Part I: Art. 1, ff. 1-126 [contemporary foliation 1-131 skips from f. 54 to f. 56 and from f. 76 to f. 78 with no loss of text]. Watermarks: ff. 1-36 similar to Briquet Cloche 3967; ff. 37-126, similar to Briquet Corne 4532, written space 189 x 144 mm. Two columns, ca. 32 to 42 lines. Single vertical and horizontal bounding lines in ink. I-III12, VI12 (-11 and-12), V12 (-1), VI-XI12. Horizontal catchwords near gutter on both the verso of the final leaf of the first quire and the recto of the first leaf of the following quire. Written by two scribes in a gothic cursive above the top line; the first scribe from f. 1r through f. 42r; the second scribe from f. 42v to the end. Pricking visible in top and bottom margin. Inelegant initials throughout: illuminated initial f. 1r, 7-line, in red and blue. Other initials, 3- to 6-line in red, some with extensions and/or more elaborate patterning, such as red stripes or dots against the white paper. Headings and punctuation in red. From f. 112 through f. 126 spaces for initials left unfilled.

Art. 2, ff. 127r-128v [no foliation] Written space 239 x 188 mm. f. 127r, three columns; ff. 127v-128v, two columns; no bounding lines or ruling. Written by a third scribe in a gothic cursive.

Part II: Art. 3, ff. 130r-228r [contemporary foliation 1r-99r] (Watermarks: ff. 130-154 similar to Briquet Cloche 3967; ff. 156-228 similar to Briquet Tête de Boeuf 14712) written space 219 x 145 mm. Two columns, 42 to 45 lines. Single vertical and horizontal bounding lines in ink. I-VIII12, IX6 (-6). Horizontal catchwords near gutter, verso, most of which have been lost through trimming. Pricking visible in top and bottom margin. Written by the second scribe as in art. 1, in a secretary hand above the top line. Spaces for initials left unfilled. Some marginal notation added in a later hand. Art. 4, ff. 228v-229r [no foliation], written space 241 x 184 mm. Two columns. Written text ignores vertical and horizontal bounding lines. Written by the same scribe as in art. 2, in a secretary hand.

Binding: Original binding of pigskin over wooden boards; five bosses on both front and back, now missing, remnants of two leather straps on back cover. Paper strip with title on front upper cover: "Alberdine Magnus" still visible, excessive wear has made the rest of the writing on this strip illegible. On back cover, in ink: "Albertus Magnus". Covers lined with parchment leaves from liturgical books with musical notations. Black tooled on spine: "Albertus/Magnus/de/laudibus/Glorio/Virginis//Nicolai/Opus/Mysticum/de/Theologia " At bottom: "MS. 1438."

Written in Germany before 1438. The colophons at end of arts. 2 and 4 indicate that the text belonged to Georgius Ruch "pro tunc plebanus in lutrien, possessor libri presentis." That he subsequently gave the text away is suggested by an inscription on the inside of the front cover: "Hunc librum... dedit dominus Georgius Ruch, orate pro eo." Early provenance otherwise unknown. Ownership inscription on inside cover: "Francis Cobbe/ Trinity College/ Aug. 1841." Bookplate of John A. Murphy. Two unidentified catalogue entries, one manuscript, one printed. Bought from Maggs by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate), April 8, 1949, and presented by him to Bryn Mawr College, Nov. 1951.

secundo folio: Primo

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 434, no. 3.


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