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Ohio Wesleyan University Special Collections houses several manuscripts from the Middle Ages and early printed books from the 15th century that were donated from the collection of the Rev. Frank B. Gunsaulus, Methodist preacher and alumnus, for the purpose of contemplation and study by the university’s students.

The Manuscripts:

 

The Festive Collectarium Of Abbot Sigismund de Fulchini(s) of the Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria Vallis Serena, diocese of Parma, Italy. Written by Genesius de Pezannis in the 2nd half of the 15th century. 61ff. 21x14 cm. [VIEW THE RELATED DIGITAL EXHIBITION.]


The Nun’s Book. “Horae Diurnae Sacri Ordinis Praedicatorum cum calendario”. Dominican order. 14th and 15th centuries, with 16th century addition in back. 286 ff. of vellum (8x6 cm.) in Gothic script. Likely German.

Antiphonarium. 272 ff. of vellum (50x35 cm.) Written ca.1400 in Northern Italy (Bologna?). Illuminated.

Bible: Genesis – Paralipomenon. Latin. 405ff. on handlaid, watermarked, paper (30x22 cm.) Written in Germany.

Antiphonarium Parvum cum indice. 151ff. on vellum (17x13 cm.) Germany, 15th century. 

 

The Incunabula:

 

Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo, 354-430, Aurelii Augustini De Civitate Dei…, Rome, Conradus Suueynheym Arnoldusque Pannarts, 1468.

Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus, 240-320. Opera. L. Coelii Lactatii Firmani divinaru institution adversus gentes… Venice, Wendelin de Spier, 1472.

Bonaventura, Saint, Cardinal, 1217-1274. Breviloquium. Augburg, anton Sorg, 1475.

Rampegollis, Antonius de, d. ca. 1500. Aurea Biblia. Ulm, Johann Zainer, 16 June, 1475.

Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, ca. 4 B.C.-65 A.D. Opera Moralia. Incipit Lucii Annei Senecae Cordubensi Liber De Moribus. Cologne, Tarvisii per Bernardum, 1478.

Albertus Magnus, Saint, 1193-1280. De generatione et corruptione. Venice, Johannes et Gregorious de Gregorius, 10 June, 1495.

Wimpheling, Jacob, 1450-1528. Ad Illustrissimum Principem Eberardum. Strasburg, Johan Prysse, 1495.

Alighieri, Dante, 1265-1321. Divina Comedia… Venice, Natheo Capcasa, 1493.

                                            Divina Comedia… Venice, Piero de Zuanne di Quarengii, 1497.

A collaborative project between Dr. Patricia DeMarco, Professor of English, and staff of the Ohio Wesleyan University Rare Books & Artifacts Collection. Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Five Colleges of Ohio [Next Steps in the Next Generation Library: Integrating Digital Collections into the Liberal Arts Curriculum, 2010].

 
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