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OSWALD, OPUS PACIS
France, before 1428
Bound after Johannes Chrysostomus, Homiliae XXI (Brussels: for the Brethren of the Common Life, 1479); Hain-Copinger 5038.
ff. 1-42v: [Prologue] Incipit prologus in opus pacis, Quoniam difficillimum est ad correctionem librorum iuxta statutorum nostrorum tenorem per totum ordinem faciendam haberi posse exemplaria domus cartusie originalia…[f. 1v, Text:] Secuntur cautele in correctione librorum observande generales, Ad corrigendum igitur libros subsequentia sunt diligenter previdenda per que ritus et uniformitas ordinis non immutatur…satis claret ex eorum usu quando u diptongetur vel non. [f. 42, Conclusion:] Sic igitur hoc opus conclusurus precor legentem ut cum aliquid sibi insolitum invenerit in uno loco querit in alio…in nobis sibi habitaculum faciat. Cui cum patre et spiritu sancto par est potestas et gloria nunc et in secula. Amen. Explicit opus pacis in cartusia editum [author’s name added above the line: a fratre oswaldo ibidem monacho] pro libris corrigendis deserviens quibuslibet aliis domibus eiusdem cartusiensis ordinis. [added:] Hunc librum ad nimiam instantiam et importunitatem domini Iohannis bernsau ego frater osvaldus dimisi ei quamvis michi necessarius foret <following passage of almost 2 lines painted over in red to cancel> communicetque omnibus pie desiderantibus. Scriptum manu propria, sicut etiam ipsum librum manu propria scripsi. Feria sexta post reminiscere anno 1428; ita ordinavi <1 line painted over in red to cancel>. [ff. 43-44v, ruled, but blank]
Edited in part by P. Lehmann, “Bücherliebe und Bücherpflege bei den Karthäusern,” in Erforschung des Mittelalters 3 (Stuttgart 1960) 129-42. Frequent notes in the margin possibly in the hand of the scribe.
Paper (Cercle similar to Briquet 2952, Valréas 1404? and Geneva 1424/27; Main similar to Briquet 10635, Alsace 1420), ff. 44; 200 × 140 (152 × 90) mm. 112 2-310 412. Catchwords in the gutter, ff. 12v, 32v. 28-32 long lines, frame ruled in ink. Written in a hybrida script. Lumpy initials of German type: 4-line red initial with simple void design on f. 1; 4-line space reserved, f. 23v; plain red 3- and 2-line initials; 1-line initials within the text filled in red; also in red, the chapter numbers, rubrics and a nota bene hand pointing to the conclusion on f. 42. Bound, s. XV, in brown calf over wooden boards with blind stamps (one of which is an eagle displayed?) in a grid pattern; remains of 2 brass fore edge catches on the front cover and straps on the back cover; rebacked; original spine laid down; alternating leather and parchment fore edge tabs marking homilies and the beginning of the Opus pacis. Parchment label on spine, “Omelie Iohannis Crisostomi”; in ink on the front cover, top center, “C 16.”
Front flyleaf,
Germany, s. XIImed, parchment, 38 long lines (but bottom cut off); recto: //<?> romana civitas michi teste <?>tuit. Nec ea intentione hoc illis scriptas…scribimus generaliter omnibus tenere <?>damus. Pascha//; verso: //lentium perveniret scripsimus fratri et coepiscopo nostro petro ut si ita esset…vos augustino episcopo anglorum genti ordinato et illuc directo scripsisse de his quos olim ad fidem//.
Written by the author Oswald according to the colophon, “Scriptum manu propria, sicut etiam ipsum librum manu propria scripsi,” probably at the Grande Chartreuse, where Oswald was prior, to judge from the paper. Completed on Friday, 5 March 1428. Both the printed book and the manuscript belonged to Weidenbach, the house of the Brethren of the Common Life in Cologne. The printed book bears the following notes: f. i, “C 24 16 [second number cancelled] C 24 Liber domus presbiterorum et clericorum in Wydenbach [last 2 words cancelled]”; f. iii, “Omelie beati Iohannis crisostomi sexterni xx [last 2 words cancelled] I 7. Liber domus presbiterorum et Clericorum in Wydenbach Colonie iuxta sanctum panthaleonem.” On f. 1 of the manuscript, “Liber domus presbiterorum zo Wydenbach apud sanctum panthaleonem in colonia et habent eum pro alio libro [qui?] ex isto scriptus fuerit,” indicating that it was given in return for the manuscript copied from it. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington in March 1925 from Otto Vollbehr.
Secundo folio: deinde considerent
Bibliography: Mead, n. 5027. Bond and Faye, 23.
Abbreviations
Bond and Faye
C. U. Faye and W. H. Bond, Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1962)
Briquet
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
Copinger
W. A. Copinger, Supplement to Hain’s Repertorium bibliographicum (London 1895-1902)
Hain
L. F. T. Hain, Repertorium bibliographicum (Stuttgart etc. 1826-38)
Mead
H. R. Mead, Incunabula in the Huntington Library (San Marino 1937)
; the manuscripts bound with incunables are not mentioned

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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