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Lumen Animae. Incipit: Liber moralitatum elegantissimus magnarum reru[m] naturalium lumen anime dict[us]: cu[m] septe[m] apparitorib[us] necno[n] sanctoru[m] doctoru[m] orthodoxe fidei p[ro]fessorum Poetaru[m] etia[m] ac oratoru[m] auctoritatib[us] p[er] modum pharatre s[e]c[un]d[u]m ordine[m] alphabeti collectis feliciter incipit.

Berenger of Landorra, Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela (circa 1262-1330), and Gregory of Vorau (ed. Matthias Farinator)

Published by Printer of the 1481 Legenda aurea, 22 March, Strasbourg:, 1482
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Folio: 274 unsigned leaves. [A-C]8, [D]10; [a-m]8, [n]6,[o-z]8, [aa-ff]8, [gg]10. Complete with the initial and final blanks. The Natural World & The Human Soul The arrival of printed books is so often regarded as one of the inaugural moments of the renaissance that it is sometimes forgotten that the first years of print also represented the last great flowering of the Middle Ages. The ?Lumen Anime? (Light of the Soul), is testament to that. Formerly attributed to the Carmelite friar Mathias Farinator of Vienna (who compiled the index), the ?Lumen Anime? is now known to be Berenger of Landorra, General of the Dominican order and archbishop of Campostella from 1317 to 1325.The ?Lumen Anime? is a sprawling manual of natural and moral philosophy, that gathers together quotations on relevant themes from authors as diverse as Aristotle, Theophrastus, the elder Pliny, Ptolemy, Solinus, Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, Isidore, Hugh of St Victor, and Avicenna. It is broadly organized in three parts beginning with the birth of Christ and other theological material before going on to such worldly matters as abstinence, abjection, adulation, wealth, guilt, love, humility, health, silence, and pride. It then proceeds to the two longer parts: the first, concerned with the natural world of plants, animals and trees; and the second, in more depth with problems of a moral and philosophical kind. It was immensely popular in the fifteenth century as a reference work, and despite its Dominican origins, found its natural home and use in the Benedictine orders of Central Europe.?The natural historical content [of the ?Lumen Anime?] centers as much on astronomy and meteorology as on flora and fauna; it includes a huge number of largely inauthentic citations of frequently exotic-sounding authors and the vast majority of its exempla have a a tripartite structure ? a scientific (or pseudo-scientific ?proprietas? is followed by a moralizing interpretation, whose lesson is then reinforced by a quotation from a theological authority.? In the version of the text edited by Matthias Farinator, which is the basis of the printed editions, ?chapters tend to be much longer [and] the initial natural historical ?proprietas? is often longer and supported by a series of quotations, its components are then analyzed allegorically, and a moralization follows.?(Nigel Harris, ?the Light of the Soul?, 2007)The textual history and authorship of the ?Lumen Anime? are matters of considerable complexity. There are some 195 surviving manuscripts and fragments, as well as four fifteenth and one sixteenth-century printed editions. Of the 195 manuscripts, 35 date from the fourteenth century and the remainder from the fifteenth century, including two that derive from the printed editions.Mary and Richard Rouse have established three principal lines of transmission. ?Lumen A? is the original version as composed by Berenger of Landorra, Archbishop of Compostella between 1317 and his death in 1330. It would appear that the collection took shape with the encouragement and support of Pope John XXII. It is the book?s Spanish origin that explains the presence of both Arabic and Greek material in the collections.By 1332, a copy of the manuscript had reached Austria, where it was revised, modified and expanded by an otherwise unknown monk, Gregory of Vorau. ?Lumen B? is the source of the text that was edited by Matthias Farinator, and printed by Anton Sorg at Augsburg in 1477, and then reprinted again at Augsburg by Gunther Zainer in 1477, at Reutlingen in 1479, and in 1482 at Strasbourg. The Rouses have proposed that Farinator?s manuscript was a direct copy of the complete text of either Vorau 130 or Klosterneuberg 384 (p.51), the earliest surviving witnesses to the B tradition.A third manuscript recension, ?Lumen C?, derives from a compilation of material primarily from the A, but also from the B text. This line of descent dates before 1357. As well as these principal traditions, other manu. Bookseller Inventory # 2823D

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Title: Lumen Animae. Incipit: Liber moralitatum ...

Publisher: Printer of the 1481 Legenda aurea, 22 March, Strasbourg:

Publication Date: 1482

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: FOURTH EDITION (first printed in 1477)..

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