NIDER, Johannes (1380-1438). Dispositorium moriendi. [Augsburg: Gnther Zainer, before 5 June 1473].
Chancery 2o (302 x 203 mm). Collation: [110 210(6+1)] (1/1r table: Tabula dispositorii artis moriendi, 1/1v text: Nobilissimus liber de arte moriendi, inc.: Cum circa propriam vitam...). 21 leaves. 35 lines. Type: 2:118G. Three- and five-line initial spaces. Rubricated with red Lombard initials, capital strokes and paragraph signs. (1/1.10 and 2/1.10 strengthened at inner margin, 2/6+1 hinged to new stub.) Modern calf.
Provenance: occasional contemporary annotations -- removed from a Sammelband, with index tab on 1/3 -- Brooklyn, New York, Medical Society of the County of Kings: inkstamp on 1/1r.
Second edition of this text, which was often, as here, called Ars moriendi. It was first printed as an addendum to the edition of Nider's Manuale confessorum printed by Ulrich Zel ca. 1470 (Goff N-177). The work belongs to a genre of works popular in the Middle Ages, which instructed the reader how to prepare for death. Nider's text treats the questions of what comes before death, what accompanies it, and what follows it.
Copies of this edition are frequently found bound with all or some of nine other works published by Zainer in the same format (Goff A-1225, A-1333, A-1337, E-106, G-221, H-179, H-192, I-4, and P-1001). Some copies are known with a small separate leaf listing all the titles, which led Hain to catalogue the texts together. All other authorities treat them as separate editions, although it should be noted that Zainer himself marketed them together. An advertisement which he published after 1474 (Goff Z-16) lists all but one of them together in a paragraph headed Subscripti tractatuli continentur in uno volumine. Of these undated works, a copy of H-192 exists with the rubricator's date 1472. The present edition is dated from an inscription in the Munich Sammelband, and another copy at Munich contains the purchase date 15 August 1473.
H 8589* (fols. 214-234); BMC II, 319 (IB. 5547); BSB-Ink. N-151; Harvard/Walsh 514; Pr 1570; Goff A-1089.