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THOMAS À KEMPIS, DE IMITATIONE CHRISTI
Northern Germany, s. XVmed
ff. 1-58v: Prima pars de ymittacione christi et contemptu omnium vanitatum mundi et cetera. Capitulum primum, Qui sequitur me non ambulat in tenebris dicit dominus…vim intuleris benedictus deus amen. Explicit prima pars ymmitacionis et cetera. Sequitur registrum capitulorum eiusdem…Ad quam consequendam succurrat nobis dominus deus sue miserationis opitulatione. Amen. [f. 12, Book 2:] Secunda pars. incipit secunda pars de ymittacione christi et cetera. Capitulum primum, Regnum intra vos est dicit dominus…intrare in regnum celorum. Sequitur registrum in secundam partem iam scriptam.Incipit 3a pars de interna consolatione et ymitacione christi et cetera. Explicit [expunged: secunda] 3a pars de interna consolacione et ymitacione christi. Capitulum primum de interna christi locucione ad animam fidelem et cetera. [f. 19, Book 3:] Audiam quid loquatur in me dominus deus…ad patriam perpetue claritatis. Incipit registrum capitulorum 3e partisDulcis Ihesus sit merces mea et cetera. [f. 47v, blank; f. 48, Book 4:] Incipit liber quartus de ymittacione dominiExhortacio ad sacram christi communionem et cetera. Vox dilecti, Venite ad me omnes qui laboratis…non essent mirabilia nec ineffabilia dicenda et cetera. Explicit liber quartus et ultimus de ymittacione domini nostri ihesu christi.
L. M. J. Delaissé, ed., Le manuscrit autographe de Thomas à Kempis et L’imitation de Jésus Christ. Les Publications de Scriptorim 2 (Brussels 1956). See S. G. Axters, O. P., De imitacione Christi; een handschrifteninventaris bij het vijhonderdste verijaren van Thomas Hemerken van Kempen + 1471 Kempen-Niederrhein 1971) for a list of 762 manuscripts, including HM 901 on p. 80, and T. Lupo, ed., De Imitatione Christi libri quatuor (Vatican 1982), listing HM 901 on p. xvii.
Paper (Ochsenkopf, similar to Piccard, V. 334, Dinkelsuhl, Eichstätt, etc., 1467-87, and to V.512, Biberach, Öttingen, etc., 1464-66), ff. i. (modern paper) + 58 + i (modern paper); 307 × 222 (225 × 145) mm. 1-412 512(-11, 12). Catchwords in inner right corner; leaves signed in arabic numerals in upper right hand corner of the recto. 2 columns of 32-34 lines; quire 1 ruled in ink, frame only; quires 2-5 ruled in hard point, frame only. Written in a German cursive script. 2- and 1-line initials in red with guide letters; 1-line initials within the text slashed in red. Entries in chapter lists underscored in red; rubrics throughout. Bound, s. XIX, in German brown paper over pasteboards. Written in northern Germany in the middle of the fifteenth century. On f. 14, s. XVI: “Omnia ad maiorem dei gloriam.” According to De Ricci, was n. 26153 in a German catalogue; this number on a label on the spine. Acquired from A. S. W. Rosenbach by Henry E. Huntington in December 1922.
Secundo folio: illa trahunt
Bibliography: De Ricci, 77.
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)
Piccard
G. Piccard, Die Wasserzeichenkartei Piccard im Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart (Stuttgart 1961- )

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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