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Praeceptorium Divinae Legis (Commentary on the Ten Commandments)

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Abstract

Iohannes Nider (c. 1380-1438), Praeceptorium Divinae Legis (Commentary on the Ten Commandments). Pr. Ulrich Zell, Cologne, undated, but a copy is known with a rubricator’s date of 1470. Hain 11806; CBFCBL N-068. Qto. Zell (d. c. 1507) was Cologne’s first printer, trained at Mainz by Fust and Schöffer. This book was printed less than twenty years later than the Gutenberg Bible, effectively the first printed book. As in many printed books before the early 1500s the major initials, paragraph-marks, highlighting and underlining have all been added by hand. Note also the passage written in red near the beginning of the book. It translates ‘Towards the purchase of this book Iohann Mewen gave us 40 stuivers of the money of Lord Louis de Bourbon bishop of Liège. The rest was raised by myself, Brother Henry of Cologne, prior of the convent of St Maria Laach, in the year of Our Lord 1472’. Maria Laach, still a Benedictine abbey today, is situated on the Laacher See, south of Bonn. Presented to the Royal Society of Tasmania by Mr Warren of Argyle St. Hobart, July 8 1853. Cent. RoySoc Rare BV 4655 .N53 1472z.

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Keywords: Ulrich Zell, printer, Cologne, Iohann Mewen, Lord Louis de Bourbon, bishop, Liege, Brother Henry of Cologne, convent, St Maria Laach, Benedictine abbey, Laacher See
Publisher: Printed by Ulrich Zell
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2009 07:04
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:57
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8531
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