17 April 2000
ROSENHAYM, Petrus de (d. 1440). Roseum memoriale divinorum eloquiorum. [Cologne(?): unknown printer, ca. 1483].
Chancery 4o (206 x 146 mm). Collation: [1-68] (1/1 blank, 1/2r text, 6/8r colophon, 6/8v blank). 47 leaves (of 48, without the first blank). 34 lines. Type: 80G. One- to five-line initial spaces, some with printed guide-letters. Unrubricated. (Some browning.) Modern boards covered with leaves from a 14th-century theological manuscript on vellum.
FIRST EDITION. The author, Petrus de Rosenheim, was a monk at the Benedictine abbey of Melk. This work, composed in Latin distichs, retells in concise manner the entire contents of the Bible and was intended to help young preachers memorize Biblical stories. As a further aid to memory, the hexameters of each section of the summary form an acrostic of the letters of the alphabet, and the metrical prologue to the work forms an acrostic reading Roseum memoriale divinorum eloquiorum compilatum per fratrem Petrum de Rosenhaim monachum monasterii Medlicensis.
The press which produced this edition has not been identified. Proctor assigned it to Ludwig von Renchen, who printed in Cologne from 1483 until 1505. BSB-Ink., which dates it ca. 1480-90?, attributes it to an eponymous press.
HC(+ Add) 13988*; BMC I, 312 (IA. 5267); BSB-Ink. P-362; Harvard/Walsh 492; Pr 1517; Voulliéme Köln, p. 415; Goff R-336.
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