Dictamen iocu[n]du[m] ualde stilo elega[n]ti conscriptu[m] : In quo continetur membra corporis qualiter aduersus ventrem quasi voracitate o[mn]i[u]m labores exhauriat conspira[n]t . E diuerso etiam ventris eor[um] confratris bellu[m] in se concitatu[m] sopiens placabilis responsio.

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[Cologne] : [Ludwig von Renchen], [approximately 1495]
6 unnumbered leaves : illustrations (woodcuts) ; 21 cm (4to)


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  • Title from title page on leaf [a1] recto.
  • With printed marginal and interlinear notes.
  • Woodcuts: half-page vignette of Salvator Mundi (Christ the Saviour) on leaf [a1] recto, initial on leaf a2 recto, borders on leaves [a1] verso, a2 recto and a5 recto, and half-page vignette of Tobias on leaf a6 verso.
  • Sometimes erroneously attributed to John of Salisbury.
  • Contains various extracts from the church fathers: see Goff D163 and GW 8278.
  • Signatures: a⁶. First leaf [a1] unsigned.
  • ExI copy: Majuscules stroked in red.
Binding note
ExI copy: 20th century brown calf, gilt leather spine label.
Title page, with woodcut, [a1]r; Excerpt from Augustinus [Hipponensis], inc. "Non interest omnio quid alimentorum sumas vt succurras corporis necessitati", [a1]v; Excerpt from Johannes Chrisostomus, inc. "In ventrem mittere in cloacam proijcere est", [a1]v; Dialogus linguae et ventris, entitled "Libellus siue Carmen de ventre", inc. "[C]Oncilium celebrant humani corporis art[us] inter se . de se plurima verba serunt", a2r-a5v; Excerpt from Augustinus [Hipponensis], inc. "Lingua lingit adulando", a5v; Excerpt from Hieronymus, inc. "Nullu[m] membru[m] ab ineunte etate mea", a5v; Excerpt from Bernardus [Claravallensis], inc. "Lingua facilitate[m] h[abe]s motus", a5v; Excerpt from Isidorus [Hispalensis], inc. "Mores ho[min]is lingua pandit", a5v; Excerpt from [Disticha Catonis], inc. "Virtutem primam esse puto compescere lingua[m]", a6r; Excerpt from Quintilianus, inc. "Nullam difficiliorem esse credo q[uam] silentij virtutem", a6r; Virtutes silentii, inc. "Qui raro fatur, fatusq[ue] suos moderatur", expl. "Cum deus oratur aut proximus edificatur", a6r; entitled "Tobias", inc. "Quid seruire gule prodest . vt predo macelli", expl. "Carnis amica caro . carnea membra petens", a6v, preceded by woodcut illustration.
ExI copy: Bookplate of Hanns-Theo Schmitz-Otto; unidentified bookplate on blue paper printed in red.
  • Goff D-163
  • GW 8278
  • ISTC id00163000
  • Klebs 333.1
  • Oates 731
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Germany Cologne.
Other title(s)
  • Dictamen iocundum valde stilo eleganti conscriptum
  • Carmen de membris conspirantibus
  • Disticha Catoni, excerpt.
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