New condition softcover, 39 pages illustrated. Woodcuts containing mnemonic devices for memorizing the events recorded in the Gospels, with explanations in Latin verse by Petrus von Rosehneim. No marks or flaws. No sign of wear or use.
From the book's introduction, “The woodcuts of the Ars Memorandi contain some of the most curious images ever printed. An eagle displays a pair of embracing lovers on its breast; an angel, a sack of grain perched on his head, carries a blazing sun in one hand and a figure of the Christ Child in the other. The oddity of these pictures, however, had its purpose. The eagle and the angel, as well as the lion and the ox, are symbols of the four Evangelists, and the additional objects or figures refer to specific events in the Gospels. These woodcuts, together with the accompanying text, were an aid for the reader in memorizing the events of the life of Christ.”