Tractatus de charitate; large fragment of a leaf preserved as the binding of a printed book (C. F. Ortrandus, Nachdruck von dem aller nötigsten wie man Priester Prediger und Seelforger der Kirchen, Ingolstadt, David Sartorium, 1575)

France, first half of 13th century.

45 lines remaining, written in double columns in a large and angular early gothic bookhand, capitals touched in red, remains of a large initial in a red leafy design partly filled with yellow visible beneath rear pastedown; slightly rubbed, some staining at head of binding, paper label at head of spine, but generally in very good condition. [340 x 325 mm (including turn-ins)]

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Tractatus de charitate; large fragment of a leaf preserved as the binding of a printed book (C. F. Ortrandus, Nachdruck von dem aller nötigsten wie man Priester Prediger und Seelforger der Kirchen, Ingolstadt, David Sartorium, 1575)

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From a very early manuscript of William Peraldus’s Tractatus de charitate (part of his larger Summa de virtutibus), certainly written during the author’s lifetime.

Peraldus (c. 1190–c. 1271) composed his influential Summa de virtutibus before 1248 (and perhaps as early as the 1230s) in the Dominican convent of Lyon as a counterpart to the Summa de vitiis which he finished in 1236. The script here is characteristic of the earlier part of the thirteenth century and probably dates to within only a few years of the work’s composition.

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