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Divini amoris pharetra: item, Iesu Christi ad: Landsperger [a.k.a. Lansperg

Landsperger [a.k.a. Lansperg or Lanspergius], Johann Justus (1489-1539)

Published by Apud Ludovici Alectorium & Heredes Jacobi Soteris, Cologne (1576)


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About this Item: Apud Ludovici Alectorium & Heredes Jacobi Soteris, Cologne, 1576. Hardcover. Condition: Very good. Duodecimo (126 x 78 mm). [10], 466, [3] pp. Title page with an elaborate woodcut printer's device (see below). Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin, spine with four raised bands, early paper spine label lettered in MS. Unsophisticated. Rare and highly curious edition, particularly notable in that the title page is adorned with an INVERTED PENTAGRAM and SCANDAVIAN RUNES. Harold Bayley, in his "Lost Language of Symbolism" illustrates and describes the present printer's device: "The characters appearing in the angles of fig. 596 are unknown to me, but they appear to be Runic" (pp. 257-258). * In this work, entitled "Pharetra divini amoris" (i.e. "Quiver of Divine Love") Lanspergius recommended that all the monks at the Charterhouse of Cologne pray before an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in their cells. The picture looked like a heart which had been pierced by a Roman lance, with representations of feet and hands to associate it with the Five Wounds that Christ received on the Cross. * "Pharetra divini amoris" contains prayers, spiritual exercises and topics for meditation on the Divine Love, the Sacred Heart, and the Passion of Christ. * The author asserts that the Sacred Heart is not only the seat of all the virtues, but it is also the source of the graces by aid of which are acquired these virtues. * The author was a "Carthusian monk and ascetical writer, b. at Landsberg in Bavaria 1489, d. at Cologne, 11 Aug., 1539. His family name was Gerecht, of which Justus is merely a Latin translation. The appellation, however, by which he is generally known is that of Lanspergius (of Landsberg), from his birthplace. After studying philosophy at the University of Cologne, he joined the Carthusian Order at the age of twenty (1509).The chief feature of his writings is a deep, ardent, and tender piety. The love of God for man, calling for a corresponding love of man for God, such is his usual theme treated in various ways. One thing particularly worthy of mark is the frequency with which he speaks of the Heart of Christ, and pressingly exhorts every Christian to take the Sacred Heart as an object of special love, veneration, and imitation. Indeed it may perhaps be said that no one before him had laid down and explained so clearly the principles upon which that devotion is grounded, nor had so developed their practical application." [Catholic Encyclopedia]. SCARCE: OCLC lists only a single copy in the U.S. (at Indiana) and 2 copies in Europe. PROVENANCE: Georg Gasser (inscription dated 1578) -- Jacob Kraus (inscription dated 1584, with prayers "Pietas est ad omnia utilis" [Exert yourself in piety] and "Durum patientia frango" [By patience I break what is hard] -- Georg Carol Schnyder, Westensee (17th-century inscription written at "Surlacensis"). NOT IN ADAMS. Seller Inventory # 246

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