Guillermus Alvernus, Episcopus Parisiensis: Rhetorica divina.

Add:  Ephrem Syrus: De compunctione cordis; De iudicio Dei et resurrectione; De beatitudine animae; De poenitentia; De luctamine spirituali; De die iudicii.

[Basel:  Johann Froben, ca. 1492]
8vo.   A8 a-i8.   [80] leaves.
ISTC ig00715000;  GW 11867;  Goff G715;  BMC III 790 (IA. 37877);  CIBN G-474;  BSB-Ink G-477.

GIP number: G58
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll  Veitch Eg6-e.20 (see main library entry for this item)
Bound with: The first of four incunabula bound together.
Bound with (2) Armandus de Bellovisu, De declaratione difficilium terminorum tam theologiae quam philosophiae ac logicae. Basel:  [Michael Wenssler], 1 Mar. 1491 (A97);  (3) Alphabetum divini amoris. [Basel:  Johann Amerbach, not after 1491] (A50);  (4) Heynlin, Johannes, de Lapide, Resolutorium dubiorum circa celebrationem missarum occurrentium. Basel:  Johann Froben, 1492 (H15).
Provenance: Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands, Carthusians (dissolved in 1783):  inscription on A1r (title-page) in a late 15th/early 16th-century hand “Liber Carthusien[sium] in Ruremu[n]da.”;  on front free parchment endleaf in a late 15th/early 16th-century hand “Liber Carthusien[sium] In Ru[r]emu[n]da In hoc libello continentur" followed by a list of contents occupying nineteen lines.
John Veitch (1829-1894), Professor of Logic and Rhetoric, University of Glasgow:  source unknown;  number “331” written in blue pencil in top left corner of front pastedown (a numbering common to many books in the Veitch collection and probably an inventory number).
University of Glasgow:  Veitch collection donation, 1895.
Binding: Low Countries, late 15th/early 16th-century blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, bevelled edges, two clasps (both now incomplete) with catch plates on front board.  Both covers are decorated with intersecting double fillets to form two frames and a centre panel.  The centre panel is divided from corner to corner by a double fillet into four triangular compartments which are decorated with a circular stamp of a bunch of grapes on the vine, and a circular stamp of a six-petalled flower. The frames are decorated with the same flower stamp, a smaller circular flower stamp, and a stamp of a fleur-de-lys within a lozenge;  spine undecorated, with a paper title label (now illegible) added at a later date.  Pastedowns are parchment fragments from a manuscript of St Jerome Adversus Jovinianum (text in two columns enclosed within brown ink rules);  pink-stained paper tabs distinguish the four separate works.  Size:  168 x 119 mm.
Leaf size: 158 x 110 mm.
Annotations: Occasional brief early marginal notes e.g. on b5v (cropped by binder);  occasional nota marks in red.  On the final blank page (i8v) and continuing onto the recto of an inserted ruled leaf of paper (whose ruled but otherwise blank conjugate leaf is present between h8 and i1) are manuscript verses in a late 15th/early 16th-century hand headed “Judoci Beysselij Regie Vrbis Aquensis patricij in suum rosaceum Diuae christifere Coroname[n]tu[m] versus foeliciter Incipiu[n]t”.  The verses are included in the early contents list on the front free endleaf (see Provenance):  “Rosaceu[m] coroname[n]tu[m] diuae christiferae [com]positu[m] a Judoco Beysselio Regiae vrbis aquensis patricio”.  For printed editions of Jodocus Beysselius, jurist, philosopher and poet (fl. 1474-1494), see GW 4194 (Rosacea augustissimae christiferae Mariae corona, Antwerp:  Govaert Bac, ca. 1495) and GW 4195 (Tria rosacea coronamenta, Antwerp:  Govaert Bac, 16 Jan. 1495).  A price in pencil “18/-” on front free endleaf and on front flyleaf another price “10/-”.
Decoration: Initials supplied in red or black;  capital strokes, paragraph marks and underlining in red throughout;  roman numerals (e.g. chapter numbers) all given red strokes.
Imperfections: None.

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