1539 D. Dionysii Carthusiani Enarrations piae, ac eruditae in quinque libros Sapientiales..., Denis the Carthusian. Gennep, Cologne.


A scarce work, the 1539 printing of Denis the Carthusian's enarrationes on the Sapientiales (wisdom) books of the bible. At the time of listing this work, I cannot find a copy from any printing/year available on the market using Vialibri to search. Despite this copy's rather well-used appearance, it conveys a strong sense of history.

About the Author -

"Dionysius the Carthusian (born 1402/1403, died March 12, 1471), theologian and mystic, one of the important contributors to, and propagators of, the influential school of Rhenish spirituality originating in the 14th century. Educated at the University of Cologne, Dionysius entered the Carthusian order at the charterhouse of Roermond in 1425. In 1451–52 he accompanied Nicholas of Cusa, papal legate to northern Germany and the Netherlands, on a mission for church reform in the Rhineland. In charge of the Carthusians at ’s Hertogenbosch from 1465, he retired in 1469 because of poor health." - Enc. Britannica

Rarity -

I find four copies in the world's libraries on Worldcat: University of Leeds (OCLC 1184191669), Ushaw College (OCLC 166212800), Rome (OCLC 954980958), and the BNF (OCLC 457644669).

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 31 x 21 x 4 cm. Leather binding, tooled in blind in the Cambridge style. Spine with five raised bands, title tooled in blind on leather in one compartment; remnants of old library ticket at base of spine. Marbled pastedowns.

Pages - iv, CCCII

Signed - A4, Z6, k6, l4, m6-z6, cc6, dd4, ee6

Condition -

See pictures. Well worn 18th century cambridge style binding, (possibly over original bevelled boards). Missing top clasp hardware on front board; only one clasps closes. Front board wormed. Front board has been repaired, with leather under the contemporary; still cracked at joints and hinges. Wormed throughout, more torwards the ends. No free front or rear endpapers extending the marbled pastedowns out. Some soiling of unpaginated endpapers. Damp-stain at bottom margin throughout, touches text at first 10 leaves. Title page with writing ex libris writing of Catholic order. Some darkening towards page edges. Occasional thumb mark. Bottom margin of sheet signed S6 repaired (well). Some light in-text moisture marks at rear 20 leaves.

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