Ars moriendi.

Accession number: 
PML 20580.1
Uniform title: 
Ars moriendi
[Cologne] : [Nicolaus Götz], [about 1475].
[12] leaves : ill. (woodcuts) ; 29 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased by J.P. Morgan, Jr., 1919.

Title and imprint from ISTC.
Incipit (leaf [1]/1r): Quamvis s[e]c[un]d[u]m philosophu[m] tertio ethicoru[m].
Printed in Götz's type 1*:105/110G.
Collation: [1¹²]: 12 leaves.
Paper format: Chancery folio
11 woodcut illustrations in text, signed b-d [e-f] i [k] l [m-o]. The illustrations woodblocks were used in the blockbook Ars moriendi (Schreiber edition IIB-D), printed in the same orientation.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 28.5 x 20.8 cm.

Contemporary blind-stamped calf over wooden boards (29.4 x 21 cm), sewn on 4 supports, bound at the Marienburg Carthusian monastery at Dülmen (Werkstatt Weddern Kartäuserkloster or Kartause Marienburg, EBDB w002359); rebacked and repaired by Duprez Lahey. Vellum pastedowns and fly leaves with modern paper fly leaves; plain endbands. 2 clasps, wanting.
Variant Title: 

Quamvis secundum philosophum tertio Ethicorum


Hand decoration: Unrubricated, rubrication unrealized. The rubrication and quire signatures between the three works in this binding do not match. Annotations: Ars moriendi written upside down in contemporary hand on leaf [1]/12v. Contents written on first fly leaf recto: Ars moriendi. Monotesseron Gersonis. Postille m. Joh[ann]is de S[an]c[t]o Laure[n]cio d[omi]nicales.

Dülmen (North Rhine-Westphalia), Carthusian monastery, St. Mary (Marienburg), ownership inscription: "Pertinet domui cast[ri] Marie p[ro]pe Dulmania[m] ord[inis] cartus[iensis]," and shelf mark: D 782 (front pastedown) and binding; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), booklabel (front pastedown); his sale, Christie's,10 Dec. 1917, lot 46 purchased by Quaritch for Morgan, with collation note (rear pastedown); J.P. Morgan, Jr., purchased Dec. 1917 (accessioned July 1919).