Rabanus Maurus, Archbishop of Mainz, 784?-856, author.; Jakob Wimpheling 1450-1528, editor.

Collection: Theology Reference

Publisher: Phorçheim. Pforzheim: In ædibus Thomae Anshelmi.

  • The online edition of this book in the public domain, i.e., not protected by copyright, has been produced by the Emory University Digital Library Publications Program. Creation Date: Martio mense .M.D.III. March 1503. General Note: Edited by Jakob Wimpheling. Imprint and date from colophon. Collation: folio: Aa⁶ Bb⁴, a-k⁶, A-B⁶ C⁴ [$4 (-Bb4, a1) signed]; 86 leaves, folios [10 unnumbered] [I] II-LIX [LX], ²I-XIIII [XV-XVI (XVI blank)] [misprinting XXIX as XVIII]. Illustrations (pattern or figure poems) are in red and black, sometimes complete woodcuts, sometimes woodcut with letterpress. Various poetic texts can be derived from the resulting configurations. Explanatory text and a transcript of the poem compliments each illustration. Also includes two illustrations of the presentation of a work to a pope. Text printed in red and black. Pitts Theology Library copy bound in illuminated chant manuscripts inside a later binding of polished calf. Summary: De laudibus sanctae crucis (On the praise of the Holy Cross) is a collection of poems and figures, including geometric shapes, letters, drawings and even complex miniatures produced in the early 9th century in the scriptorium of the Abbey at Fulda under the direction of Hrabanus Maurus, archbishop of Mainz, who also provided the commentary found in the work. The book is an important testimony to Carolingian book art. Citation/References Note: VD16 H 5271 http://gateway-bayern.de/VD16+H+5271 /// Verzeichnis der im deutschen Sprachbereich erschienenen Drucke des XVI. Jahrhunderts (VD 16), H 5271 /// Proctor, R. Index to the early printed books in the British Museum, 11747 /// Adams, H.M. Catalogue of books printed on the continent of Europe, 1501-1600, in Cambridge libraries, R3 /// Catalogue of a collection of early German books in the library of C. Fairfax Murray, 350 /// Panzer, G.W.F. Annales typographici, VIII 227, 2 /// Pollard, A.W. Catalogue of books mostly from the presses of the first printers ... collected by Rush C. Hawkins, 189. Exhibition Notes: Exhibited: "The Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print" Pitts Theology Library, December 17, 2018 – March 17, 2019.

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