Title: Divi bernardi abbatis doctoris sanctissimi ad uenerabilem monialem in christo sponsam: sororem suam modus bene uiuendi quo omnes nempe morales ac theologice uirtutes summatim continentur. Nouissime post omnes impressiones ubiq[ue] locorum excussas affatim recognitus cunctisq[ue] mendis & erroribus expurgatus, 1518
Author: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux; Thomas von Froidmont
Publisher: Impressi uero summa diligentia Venetiis, Per Cesarem arrivabenum,
An extremely scarce early 16th century edition of Bernard of Clairvaux’s To the Venerable Nun in Christ the Bride: Her Sister, the Manner of Living Well, by Which All the Moral and Theological Virtues are Summarized.
While this work has been traditionally attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux, the Dictionnaire de Spiritualite names Thomas von Froidmont as the author, while Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke leaves the author as anonymous. There are several woodcut initials throughout, and what appears to be a stamped figure to the title page.
Worldcat records 1 existing copy of this edition in libraries.
One vellum bound volume in 16mo, LXXXVII+(1) leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with some rubbing and peeling to the binding. There is light worming to the lower margins of leaves XLVIII to LXXXVI, obscuring several letters on two leaves. There is virtually no foxing or staining throughout.