Item #11446 Regimen moralitatis.
FOR SCHOOL, CHURCH, HOME & THE STREET

Regimen moralitatis.

[Leipzig, Conrad Kachelofen] c. 1490.

4to (183 x 133 mm.). [ii], [10]p. Gothic types, initial spaces blank.

Modern boards covered by a leaf of a 16th-century edition of Ulrich Tengler’s Leyenspiegel.

The first or second of six editions of a bilingual schoolbook closely tied to proverb literature. With earthy imagery, the advice addresses children ages seven to fourteen. All printings are undated, all issued between 1487 and the end of the century, and all but one were produced in Leipzig. Three U.S. libraries hold an example of any version.
            The forty-six anonymous Latin distichs and the four-line free German paraphrases were likely composed by the same author in the second half of the 15th century. The vernacular version introduces amusing details and turns of phrase that capture the linguistic transition from medieval German to modern High German, on occasion sacrificing meter for sense and rhyme.
            Heavily leaded to accommodate interlinear manuscript notes, the final short text is the apocryphal letter of one Lentulus, a supposed Roman official, who provides a personal and physical eyewitness description of Jesus that influenced his depiction in art (see Bibliotheca fictiva p. 5): its origins may be as early as the 11th or 12th century. In good condition (slightly browned, pale stain in the outer margin, trimmed close at the top).
¶Henkel, Deutsche Übersetzungen lateinischer Schultexte: ihre Verbreitung und Funktion im Mittelalter und in der frühen Neuzeit 40, 63, 93 & 291-2; GW M37263; ISTC ir00043900; not in Goff.

Item #11446

Price: $14,500.00

Status: On Hold