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HM 1082

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OTTO VON PASSAU, DIE VIERUNDZWANZIG ALTEN
Alsace, 1431
ff. 1-320: [Table of 24 chapters] Dis ist die tofel oder daz Register dis noch geschriben bůches…und do ewigen trost besitzent und fro̊ide habent one ende mit gotte und allen sinen erwelten. Amen. Amen [f. 4, Prologue:] Die ist die vor rede diß bůches, Sanctus Johannes ewangelista der sach in der tougen bůche in dem himel sitzen…die er finden kunde in go̊ttlicher geschrift. Als es sich enpfiden wurt E diß bůch <illegible> [f. 6, Text:] Diß ist der ane vang des bůches und vohet hie Amen, Aller erste alte wiset dich minnende sele uff dich selber daz du vor uß betrahten solt…An der heiligen himelfursten oben marien zů der lichtmesse. Des Jores do men zalte M ccc lxxx und sechs Jor. Amen. Anno xxxi Jor et cetera. [f. 320v, ruled, but blank]
See W. Schmidt, Die vierundzwanzig Alten Ottos von Passau. Palaestra 212 (Leipzig 1938), for a list of the incunable editions and 113 manuscripts, including HM 1082 on pp. 85-86. In this manuscript, the names of the Elders are absent from the headings; the Discourse of the 13th Elder, f. 147v, begins incorrectly: “Got uesteclichen vergihe ich dritzehender alte lop und rům der ewigen wisheit…,” thus interrupting the alphabetical sequence of initials of each Discourse by use of a “G” instead of the expected “N” (I/J and U/V as one each; W at the end). Leaves missing between ff. 53-54 and 64-65 with the beginning of the eighth and ninth Elders’ Discourses; f. 208rb, blank, but text is complete.
Paper (4 types of Anchor; Crown; unidentified), ff. ii (modern paper) + 320 + ii (modern paper); 278 × 210 (180 × 128) mm. 1-412 512(-6, after f. 53) 612(-6 after f. 64) 7-2612 2712(-11, 12). Catchwords in lower right corner; quire signatures in roman numerals on ff. 262v (xxii), 274v (cropped). 2 columns of 22-25 lines, frame ruled in lead. Written in a German littera currens; rubrics in littera textualis on ff. 166, 175, 188v, 199, 211v, 286v. Twenty-three simple miniatures, ca. 90 × 65 mm., possibly from the workshop of Diebolt Lauber, in colored wash over black ink, enclosed in alternating red or light blue frames, with colored backgrounds often decorated with groupings of dots. The first miniature, f. 3v, of John the Evangelist, writing; thereafter of an Elder, usually standing, instructing the Loving Soul, shown as a young woman with long hair, crowned, standing, her hands either joined in prayer or crossed; ff. 6, 10v, 15v, 25, 32, 40, 47, 71v (not colored), 79 (not colored), 103, 147v, 155v, 166, 175v, 188v, 199, 211v, 221v, 258v, 271v, 286v, 303v. Major initials, usually 5-line, in red with some void decoration; initials on ff. 103, 147v, 155v, 317 (the Dankbarkeit) infilled with simple colored designs; that on f. 166v, infilled with a sketch of a church. Secondary initials, 2- or 1-line, in red, either solidly colored or with void designs; 1-line initials slashed in red; red paragraph marks and underlining of Latin passages. Some damage due to acidic ink. Bound, s. XIX, in German half vellum; red sprinkled edges. Written in Alsace, according to dialect forms in the text, in the first half of the fifteenth century, probably 1431, if “Anno xxxi Jor et cetera” with which the manuscript ends, is the date of copying; the date in the colophon, 1386, is that of the composition of the work. Belonged in modern times to the bookseller Baer, whose name is in pencil on the front pastedown. Date and source of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Secundo folio: tage In
Bibliography: De Ricci, 90.
Abbreviations
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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