English MS 413
Mirror of the Life of Christ, beginning of 15th century
Size: 230 x 170 mm. ix + 51 + v folios.
A very imperfect copy of the Lyif of Christ, or Myrrour of the Blessed Lyf of Jesu Christ, a translation by Nicholas Love of Pseudo-Bonaventura's Meditationes vitae Christi, dating from the beginning of the 15th century. This manuscript begins in chapter 32 of the Life and ends in chapter 55, with ten leaves between these points also missing.
The Meditationes Vitae Christi, or Meditations on the Life of Christ, was believed to have been written by the 13th-century Franciscan John Bonaventura, but more recent scholarship has now attributed it to a little-known 14th-century Italian Franciscan, Johannes de Caulibus. A devotional life of Christ, intended to be used for meditation, the original work was immensely popular all over Europe and was translated into the vernacular of most European countries.
Former owners include Henry Thomas Wake (c.1832-1914), Quaker bookseller; and Joseph Joshua Green (1854-1921), collector and antiquary.
- Catalogue entry for English MS 413
- Conservation report