ROSENHAYM (PETRUS DE) Roseum memoriale divinorum eloquiorum, 1499
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ROSENHAYM (PETRUS DE) Roseum memoriale divinorum eloquiorum, 1499
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Roseum memoriale divinorum eloquiorum, first edition, 48 leaves, 32 lines, Gothic type, 1 to 5-line initials supplied in red, rubricated throughout, title supplied in a bold contemporary hand at head of first blank (by the stationer?), small paper repair to initial blank, light dampstain in lower forecorner, blindstamp on first and last leaves of text (touching one letter), modern half vellum, soiled [ISTC ir00336000; BMC I 312; BSB-Ink P-362; Goff R336; GW M32724; HC(+Add) 13988*; IGI 7668], 4to (205 x 140mm.), [Southern Germany, no printer, c.1480-1490?]


  • Petrus de Rosenhaym was a monk at the Benedictine abbey of Melk. The Roseum memoriale, composed in Latin distichs, is a retelling of the Bible stories in a distilled version, intended as an aid for the use of preachers. The hexameters of each section of the summary form an acrostic of the letters of the alphabet. It is not known where and by which press this edition was printed. ISTC gives Southern Germany and a date of c.1480-1490, GW tentatively suggests Oberrhein, 1483, and Proctor attributes it to Ludwig Von Renchen in Cologne.
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