25 May 2016
HUMBERT OF ROMANS (c.1200-1277). De dono timoris, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum [Italy, 14th century]
The influential collection of exempla relating to ‘the gift of fear’, written by the former Master General of the Dominican Order (1254-1263), Humbert of Romans.
(1) MAURICE BURRUS, no 30. Purchased from Arthur Lauria in 1950.
Humbert of Romans, De dono timoris or Tractatus de habundantia exemplorum, ff.1-78.
Intended to be used by preachers to illustrate their sermons, the approximately 300 moral examples were compiled by Humbert after his retirement to a Valencian convent following a long and successful career, during which he presided over the Order’s expansion in Europe and authored a number of works; De dono timoris proved popular throughout the medieval period and today over 80 manuscripts survive.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION AND CONDITION:
165 x 120mm. i+78+i, apparently COMPLETE. 26 lines of text in two columns, ruled space: 113 x 89mm, ILLUMINATED FOLIATE BORDER ON OPENING PAGE, with an escutcheon apparently left blank for an armorial (staining and some losses to the margins, most pronounced to the outer margins towards the centre of the text). ?17th-century velvet with later white-metal ornament featuring the Medici arms (the velvet significantly worn) with flyleaves from a choirbook of the same period; pastedowns from a ?14th-century German manuscript of Aquinas’ Commentary on the Sentences.
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