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Manuale by Pseudo-Augustine, late 15th century

Identifier: MS 103/ff. 1r-27r


The text is a translation of chapters 1-24 of the spurious work written in Latin under the name of Augustine of Hippo (354-430, bishop, theologian, and Doctor of the Church) with the title of Manuale (i.e. handbook). It is a collection of maxims and teachings by different Christian authors and Doctors of the Church, but it does contain in particular a high number of excerpts from Saint Augustine's works. The portion of the Latin text translated is published in Migne's Patrologia Latina 40, columns 951-962.
Preface: f. 1r. It is introduced by the rubricated words: Incomença el libro chiamato manuale del Gloriosissimo doctore misier Sancto Augustino. Prologus feliciter. It begins with the words: Per cio che nui posti siamo nel meço de li laci del demonio and ends on the same folio with the words amor me accenda et infiama.
Manuale: the rubricated words which introduce the first chapter appear at the bottom of f. 1r: Del desiderio de lanima devota de havere et possedere dio. Capitulo primo. The main text begins on f. 1v with the words: Vogli donque esserme presente o dio mio el qual io cerco. This is in fact the second paragraph of the prologue and the chapter division in this manuscript does not follow that of the Latin version of the text. The text ends on f. 23r with the words El cielo e la terra e tute le cosse che in quelli sono non cessano de amonirme chio deba amar el mio signor dio.
The section which starts on f. 23v with the words Anima mia se tu voj da dio esser amata and is introduced by the rubric De la dignita de lanima e in che cose la se die exercitare. Capitulo vigesimo is a translation of chapters 38-41 of the Latin treatise Tractatus de interiori domo seu de conscientia aedificanda attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (published in Patrologia Latina 184, columns 546-553C). It ends on f. 27r with the words e bisogno lavito e la gratia di dio qui vivit et regnat. Amen.
Illumination F. 1r has a conventional border down the margin on the left, a gold initial on a green and lake ground, and in the right margin a winged Saint Michael in gold armour carrying scales and standing on a black dragon. Underneath is a scroll with the words Et non prevaluit.
Illumination F. 1v has a similar conventional half-border and a gold initial on a blue ground, in which the heads of two winged seraphs are represented. Within the initial appears the head and shoulders of Saint Augustine vested as a bishop, with white and gold mitre and gold halo, green embroidered cope (i.e. liturgical vestment) with gold morse (i.e. clasp), a crosier (i.e. bishop's staff) in his right hand.


  • late 15th century


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27 folios

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