The anonymous Speculum humanae salvationis, or ‘Mirror of man’s salvation’, was written in the early years of the fourteenth century. A popular theological work. A Medieval Mirror. Speculum Humanae Salvationis – Adrian Wilson & Joyce Lancaster Wilson. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS. Berkeley · Los. Written in , possibly by Brother Thomas de Austria ordinis sancti Johannis. Using illustrations and texts, the Speculum humanae salvationis portrays.

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The editors provide no rationale as to why they chose the second Latin edition of the Speculumdated by van Theinen walvationis Goldfinch as c.

Driver The Mirror of Salvation: Each of the book’s forty-two chapters opens with a miniature in four narrow compartments, the first in colour, the rest in grisaille embellished by touches of gold. The Speculum itself, though, remains just as compelling as it was to readers of the fourteenth-century manuscripts and of later blockbooks and printed editions, and it is good to have this English prose translation to supplement the Middle English verse text edited by Avril Henry The Mirour of Mans Saluacion, A Middle English translation of the Speculum Humanae Salvationis, along with the English edition The Miroure of Mans Salvacionne: Contact Contact Us Help.

Our copy was produced in Bruges in Use commas to separate words. Single page Double page Thumbnails. Please note that these pages are from our old pre website; the presentation of these pages may now appear outdated and may not always comply with current accessibility guidelines. Reproductions of images can be ordered from Auckland City Libraries.

Browse all the Collection. English qHM H Scholarly work about the text: The original version is in rhyming Latin verse, and contains a series of New Testament events each with three Old Testament ones that prefigure it. The discussion of typology, that is, reading Old Testament stories as prefiguring the New, the central organizing device of the Speculumis also explained at the most basic level.


The extensive use of the technique in this manuscript is certain to have been influenced by this renewed interest.

How to quote Sarnen, Benediktinerkollegium, Cod. The panels have been attributed to the work of the assistants of the master who painted the frontispiece. The Speculum is considered one of the masterpieces of the early printing period.

The anonymous Speculum humanae salvationisor ‘Mirror of man’s salvation’, was written in the early years of the fourteenth century. Many copies were made, and several hundred still survive over in Latin aloneoften in translations into different vernacular languages; at least four different translations into French were made, and at xpeculum two into English.


On the question, for example, of the female face of the serpent that tempts Eve there are any number of scholarly articles and at least one important monograph that immediately spring to mind, but the editors interpret this as reflecting Eve’s “alter ego,” then discuss the myth of Narcissus, which appears nowhere in the medieval text.

There were four blockbook editions two in Latin and two in Dutchand sixteen editions printed from movable type by The blockbook editions were much shorter, with pictures, two to a woodblock. Some seem to have been printed in two sessions for texts and images. Speculum Humanae Salvationis https: Home The Collection Rare Books: Other items of interest Other versions of the text: Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Though the circumstances of production of these editions are unknown, two of the editions are in Dutch and the Netherlands was probably the centre of production, as with hymanae blockbooks. When reusing, please acknowledge Auckland City Libraries and use the reference provided.


A Medieval Mirror

Aimed at ordinary people of sound faith and speculun education, it relied heavily on illustrations to communicate its messages — and the methodology proved very popular. However, further stylistic analysis is necessary before all the works supposedly from his hand can be seen as authentic. Translation and commentary by Albert C.

To the modern mind, its central concept — that everything in the New Testament is prefigured by events in the Old Testament — seems not only strange but somewhat abstruse. Four French translations from the Latin are known to have been made in the fifteenth century, including this version from Select manuscript from this collection: This item has no known copyright. New Zealand Rare Books: Be the first to create one!

Miroir de l’humaine salvation

Speculhm cookies your experience may not be seamless. Download full size image. The Speculum Humanae Salvationis or Mirror of Human Salvation was a bestselling anonymous illustrated work of popular theology in the late Middle Agespart of the genre of encyclopedic speculum literaturein this case concentrating on the medieval theory of typologywhereby the events of the Old Testament prefigured, or foretold, the events of the New Testament. In the 15th century, with the advent of printingthe work then appeared in four blockbook editions, two Latin and two in Dutch, and then in sixteen incunabulum editions by