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Ms. Codex 1620 Poems on monastic life

Title

Poems on monastic life

Authors

Call number

Ms. Codex 1620
(3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6206, University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts)

Alternate identifiers

Publisher

University of Pennsylvania

Language

Latin, with the final poem in Italian (f. 16v)

Origin

Written in Italy (Zacour-Hirsch) after 1524, the date of the printed edition; probably between 1530 and 1550 (Zacour-Hirsch).
Date
after 1524
Place
Italy

Summary

Preface on holiness in nuns and poems attributed to Denis (Dionysus) Faucher on religious life precede a printed edition of Hendrik Herp's Speculum perfectionis (Venice: Sabio, 1524). The printed material ends with a woodcut of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, and the following manuscript material begins with a hymn to Saint Catherine (f. 9r-10r), followed by additional poems on religious life. Most of the poems by Faucher are a addressed to a nun in the scholasticate (period following novitiate), except for one addressed to Antonius Rorincus (f. 8v).

Notes

Extent

134 leaves (16 manuscript) : 147 x 96 (109 x 69) mm. bound to 149 x 109 mm

Foliation

Paper, 16 manuscript leaves; [1-8] (at beginning of volume), [9-16] (at end of volume), modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto.

Support

Paper

Binding

17th- or 18th-century morocco, gilt spine.

Layout

  • Written in 17-20 long lines or lines of verse, with the first line of text above the line; frame-ruled in lead.
  • Decoration

    Full-page illumination of a nun on the cross above a 4-line verse titled Ad scholasticam (f. 1r) and an illumination of a skull surrounded by bones and flowers (f. 3r), both surrounded by text passages on scrolls; rubrication in red; paragraph marks in red or blue and 1- or 2-line initials in red or blue.

    Script

  • Written in a humanistic script, with the last poem written in a humanistic cursive or italic script (f. 16v).
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