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Ms. Codex 33 - Gerson, Jean, 1363-1429 - Libellus de speculativa mistice theologie
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Author:
Gerson, Jean, 1363-1429.
Title:
Libellus de speculativa mistice theologie [manuscript] / a magistro Io. de Gersono.
Origin:
[France, between 1400 and 1450]
Physical description:
82 leaves : parchment ; 151 x 109 (105 x 72) mm. bound to 153 x 112 mm.
Language(s):
Latin.
Biographical / Organizational History:
Doctor of theology who became chancellor of the University of Paris in 1395; student and friend of Pierre D'Ailly.
Summary:
Contains the text of Gerson's De mystica theologia speculativa (pp. 1-68), De mystica theologia practica (pp. 69-111), and De passionibus animae (pp. 113-156). There is a short bibliographical appendix, Annotacio doctorum aliquorum qui de contemplacione loquti sunt (pp. 111-112). Also contains Pierre D'Ailly's De districtione in nocturnis pollutionibus, in an abridged form (pp. 162-163).
Contents:
1. p.1-68: De speculativa mistice theologie / a magistro io. de gersono.
2. p.69-111: De practica contemplationis vel theologie mistice / secundum magistrum iohannes gerson.
3. p.111-112: Annotacio doctorum aliquorum qui de contemplacione loquti sunt.
4. p.113-156: De passionibus animae.
5. p.162-163: De distrecione [sic] in nocturis pollutionibus / a magistro petro dailly (abridgement).
Provenance:
Formerly owned by the Carthusian monastery at Castres, France (see inscription, f. 1); Henry Holmes; Ralph Emerson; Joseph Emerson; and Beloit College.
Sold by Bernard M. Rosenthal, 1993.
Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg, 1993.
Related names:
Ailly, Pierre d', 1350-1420?. De districtione in nocturnis pollutionibus.
Subject:
Theology - Early works to 1800.
Mysticism - Early works to 1800.
Form / Genre:
Codices.
Treatises.
Manuscripts, Latin - 15th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title from f. 1r.
Collation: i, I⁴, II-III⁵, IV³, V⁵, VI⁵(+2), VII⁵, VIII-IX⁴, i.
Pagination: Parchment, ii + 164 + ii; 1-115 (even numbers supplied), [116-164]; 16th-century arabic pagination in ink, modern pagination in pencil, upper outer corners. Contemporary roman numerals appear on f. 35 and f. 62.
Layout: Written in 28 long lines.
Script: Written in a gothic bookhand. The D'Ailly text is written by a different scribe than the Gerson texts.
Decoration: Headings and initials in red. Some initial spaces blank.
Binding: Limp vellum, 20th century.
Origin: Written in France in the first half of the 15th century, perhaps ca. 1420.
This manuscript is of particular interest because it appears to date from Gerson's lifetime and because the text of the Gerson works differs somewhat from that of the printed versions edited in the 1960's.
A detailed historical and textual discussion of this manuscript, written in May 1991 by Prof. Marvin Colker, Dept. of Classics at the University of Virginia, is on file in the Library.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Glorieux, Palémon, ed. Oeuvres complètes [de] Jean Gerson. (Paris, New York: Desclée, [1960-1973]).
Bond, W.H. Supplement to the census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York, 1962), p. 530.
Other Titles:
Annotatio doctorum aliquorum.
De mystica theologia speculativa.
De mystica theologia practica.
De passionibus animae.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 33
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 33

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: Latin
Century: 15th century
Date: 1400
Genre: Codices
Genre: Manuscripts, Latin - 15th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Renaissance
Genre: Treatises
Subject: Mysticism
Subject: Theology
Author: Gerson, Jean, 1363-1429
Related names: Ailly, Pierre d', 1350-1420?. De districtione in nocturnis pollutionibus
Page material: Parchment