5. Ripelin of Strassburg (Hugo) Compendium Theologicae Veritatis, and other texts, decorated manuscript on vellum, in Latin, c. 280ff., a collection of texts in several very small gothic cursive bookhands, c. 29 lines, comprising (1) Compendium Theologicae Veritatis, 176ff., initials and headings in red; (2) blank f. , Nicolaus de Lyra. Quaestiones disputate contra Judeos, with additions, 35ff.; (3) Commentary on the Lord's Prayer, 12ff., initials decorated in red, headings in red; (4) Commentary on the Creed, followed by the hymn Ave Virgo Virginum, Ave Lumen Luminum, 25ff., one p. ruled but otherwise blank, more formal gothic bookhand, 3-line initial with marginal decoration in red and blue, initials decorated in red, 3pp. with music on a
4-line stave; (5) St Thomas Aquinas. Tractatus de Articulis Fidei, Tractatus de Aeternitate Mundi, Tractatus de Praeceptis,, 23ff. including 2 blank pp., initials in red or blue with marginal pen-and-ink decoration in the contrasting colour, initials decorated in red, headings in red; (6) several short texts, 3ff, incomplete at end, bound in one vol., early, slightly incorrect, foliation, list of contents inside back cover, some notes, ownership entry on front fly-leaf, part of typed description tipped-in inside front cover, few vellum flaws or small
holes, little marked, ?fifteenth-century calf over wooden boards, ruled in blind, with a double border, the central panel filled with a lozenge pattern, limp calf backstrip covered with paper lettered in ink, worn, backstrip defective, covers largely loose, calf on front cover partly missing, clasps removed, holes at foot of front cover, perhaps indicating the binding had been chained, remains of paper strips on inner edges of covers, 135 x 95 mm., [France, fourteenth century].
Provenance: '[Per]tinet ad Conventus Scti Francisci Capeserani ?', note on flyleaf.
est. £6000 – £8000
An interesting collectiion of thirteenth and fourteenth century texts, copied in the fourteenth century, and bound together at an early date. The bulk of the manuscript is taken up by Compendium Theologicae Veritatis, one of the most popular theological text books of the later Middle Ages in Western Europe. No author is given in this manuscript, but it is generally now ascribed to Hugo Ripelin (c 1205-c.1270), a Dominican theologian from Strassburg. It is followed by treatises by, among others, Nicolaus de Lyra and Thomas Aquinas, and a number of short texts.