20 November 2002
HERXEN, Theodoricus de. Devota exercita passionis. [Deventer: Jacobus de Breda], 2 May 1492.
Chancery 8° (138 x 96mm). Collation: a8 b-m8 n4 (a1r title, a1v text, n3v colophon, n4r list of contents, n4v blank). 100 leaves. 27 lines. Types: 7:70G (text), 6:102G (colophon), 3:175G (headlines). 2- to 4-line initials in red. (Some marginal spotting, final leaf frayed at corners without loss of text.) Disbound in marbled paper wrappers, text-block sewn onto two vellum strips (wrappers discoloured and torn).
Theodoricus de Herxen (Dirc van Herxen) was prior of the monastery of St Gregory in Zwolle, and a leading exponent of the 'devotio moderna'. Only two fifteenth-century editions of his writings were printed, the other being Speculum juvenum (Zwolle, 1476-80; Goff Suppl. T-146a). This work consists of a collection of prayers and spiritual exercises, including meditiations on the passion of Christ, a commentary on the Lord's Prayer, and a dialogue of consolation in worldly afflictions, modelled on Petrarch's De Remediis utriusque Fortuna. H 8533; BMC IX, 67 (IA. 47852); Goff H-134.
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