Rationale Divinorum Officiorum.Strasbourg: Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner), [not after 1483].

DURAND Guillelmus (1483)



Initials in red, rubricated throughout.

Chancery folio (295 x 208mm). 314 leaves. Contemporary blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards, metal corner- and centrepieces, two metal catches (lacking clasps, joints expertly restored).

Strasbourg: Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner), [not after 1483]. 

A fascinating copy of the fundamental authority for the history of Western liturgy: contemporary manuscript annotations fill a1v, including a list in Latin and German of books of the Bible (Hebrew Bible and New Testament), and an epitaph for Durand; a rubricated manuscript list of apostles is used as front pastedown, the rear pastedown with a manuscript fragment of a saint’s life. This edition is dated from an MS in the Utrecht UB copy.

Originally published in 1459 and frequently reprinted, "the Rationale Divinorum Officiorum is arguably the most important medieval treatise on the symbolism of church architecture and rituals of worship. Written by the French bishop William Durand of Mende (1230-1296), the treatise is ranked with the Bible as one of the most frequently copied and disseminated texts in all of medieval Christianity. It served as an encyclopaedic compendium and textbook for liturgists and remains an indispensable guide for understanding the significance of medieval ecclesiastical art and worship ceremonies." (Thibodeau).

Provenance: 1. Petrus ?Rasinus, pastor of M[?] (inscription dated ?1617). 2. Pastor Johannes ?Sch of Staucha (purchase note dated 1667). 3.
M.H. Bloxam, by whom given to Rugby School Library; inscription dated 1831. 4. Bookplate of Rugby School Library.

Some marginal spotting, faint unobtrusive waterstains in last few quires, a1 with two marginal chips and repairs not affecting text.

ISTC id00427000. Goff D-427. H *6469 = 6470 = 6488. GW 9125. BMC I 130. Bod-inc D-189. BSB-Ink D-344. 

Ref: see Timothy M. Thibodeau, The Rationale Divinorum Officiorum of William Durand of Mende, A New Translation of the Prologue and Book One (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010).

Stock Code: 231390

close zoom-in zoom-out close zoom