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;  Goff G715;  BMC III 790;  GW 11867.

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;  (3) Alphabetum divini amoris. [Basel:  Johann Amerbach, not after 1491];  (4) Heynlin, Johannes, de Lapide, Resolutorium dubiorum circa celebrationem missarum occurrentium. Basel:  Johann Froben, 1492.
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 vellum 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: Netherlands, 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 double intersecting fillets to form two frames and a central panel.  The central 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-lis within a lozenge;  spine undecorated, with a paper title label (now illegible) added at a later date.  Pastedowns are fragments from a manuscript of St Jerome Adversus Jovinianum (text in two columns enclosed within brown ink rules);  paper tabs stained pink used to distinguish the four separate works.  Size:  168 x 119 mm.
Leaf size: 158 x 110 mm.
Annotations: On the final blank page (i8v) and continuing on to the recto of an inserted ruled leaf (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 Coronamentu[m] versus foeliciter Incipiu[n]t”.   The verses are listed in the contents note on the free front endleaf:  “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).   Occasional brief early marginal notes in Latin e.g. on b5v (cropped by binder);  occasional “nota” marks in red;  on free front endleaf a price in pencil “18/-” and on front fly leaf another price “10/-”.
Decoration: Initials supplied in red or black;  paragraph marks and underlining in red throughout;  initial strokes supplied in red throughout;  roman numerals (e.g. chapter numbers) all given red strokes.
Imperfections: None.

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