Paradisus precum selectaru[m]: quibus deuota anima sese oblectari in dies poterit

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Manuscript on paper, on both sides of leaves, in 29 to 33 lines; portions in 2 columns. Written by at least 2 scribes in Roman and Italic scripts imitating printed types. Main text in black ink, rubrics in red; holy names in gold; 1-line red initials, 2- to 3-line red, black, gold and silver initials, with decoration (possibly stenciled) in the same or contrasting colors; ornamental head- and tailpieces throughout. Title page with full-page cartouche in brown ink enclosing the title in red ink. Prayers, devotions and spiritual exercises. Named authors include Thomas à Kempis, Thomas Aquinas and Jean Gerson. Illustrated with 221 contemporary engravings (including at least 6 repeats or variant states), which are integrated into the text. They range in size from very small oval images to 12 full-page images; 102 are trimmed to approximately the size of the plate mark and mounted, the remaining 119 are bound in. Most have original engraved legends and/or artists' signatures; with a few exceptions, bound-in prints have continuation of the manuscript text on verso and usually also in margins of image on recto (space permitting). 119 engravings (including 5 repeats or variant states) are by the Wierix brothers, Jeronimus, Antonie II, and Jan, mostly by Jeronimus and Antonie and 2 or possibly 3 by Jan; many also signed by Jeronimus or Antonie as publisher (excudit). There are also engravings by and/or published by Théodore Galle (13, possibly 14), Cornelis Galle (1), Karel van Mallery (12, including 1 repeat), Adriaen Collaert (4), Jean Messager (3, possibly 5), Mathieu Greuter (2), Thomas de Leu (2), Jacques Granthomme (2), Raphael Sadeler (1), Pierre Firens (1), Peter Overadt (1), and the monogrammists LB (1) and PDL or LPD (1); some of these are copies of prints by the Wierix brothers. Several prints are after designs by Maarten de Vos. A complete inventory, with references to published catalogues raisonnés of prints by the Wierix brothers, is given on the Web site of the vendor, Les Enluminures (viewed September 16, 2013): A printout is available in the Print Collection. Apparently complete, but binding does not permit accurate collation. In 35 gatherings containing from 7 to 19 leaves each, signed at foot of first recto with letters A-2M (gatherings between 2D and 2K now lack signing). Modern foliation in pencil on most leaves. Two blank leaves at beginning and end. Page block has been trimmed in binding, affecting text in margins on some leaves and marginal areas of some full-page prints. Some minor worming on a few leaves.
Boschman, Martinus (Editor of a compilation)
Gerson, Jean, 1363-1429 (Author)
Wierix, Antonie, -1604 (Engraver)
Wierix, Jeronimus, 1553-1619 (Engraver)
Wierix, Jan, 1549-approximately 1620 (Engraver)
Galle, Cornelis, 1576-1650 (Engraver)
Greuter, Mathieu, 1564?-1638 (Engraver)
Leu, Thomas de, 1560-1612 (Engraver)
Mallery, Karel van, 1571-approximately 1635 (Engraver)
Sadeler, Raphael, approximately 1560-approximately 1632 (Engraver)
Vos, Maarten de, 1532-1603 (Artist)
Collaert, Adriaen, -1618 (Publisher)
Firens, Pierre, approximately 1580-1638 (Publisher)
Galle, Théodore, 1571-1633 (Publisher)
Granthomme, Jacques, approximately 1560- (Publisher)
Messager, Jean, approximately 1580-1649 (Publisher)
Overadt, Peter (Publisher)
Rothschild, James, baron de, 1844-1881 (Former owner)
Trautz, Georges, 1808-1879 (Binder)
Pelplin (Abbey) (Former owner)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1610
Place: Pelplin, Poland
Publisher: Martinus Boschman
Library locations
Spencer Collection
Shelf locator: Spencer Coll. Ms. 200
Jesus Christ
Catholic Church
Cistercians -- Poland -- Pelplin
Spiritual exercises
Christian saints in art
Prayers and devotions
Statement of responsibility: per Fr[atr]em Martinu[m] Boschman Gedanense[m] professu[m] & suppriorem Polplinensem,
Acquisition: Purchase; Les Enluminures; 2970 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60657; 08/11/11
Ownership: Baron J. de Rothschild (round printed book label; no. 25, ms. 76).
Physical Description
Extent: 1 volume (373 leaves) : 221 illustrations ; 13 cm
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 858807094
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19114036
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 8da72160-6bf8-0135-c9e4-03f0ba6d7e9a
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