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    Johannes de Tambaco. Consolatoriu Theologicum. Cologne: 1509.

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    Johannes de Tambaco [Johannes de Dambach, Johannes von Dambach, Johannes de Cambico, Johannes de Zambico, Johannes de Zumbacho]. Consolatoriu Theologicum. Cologne: Martin von Werden, 1509.

    Octavo. Three large woodcuts, repeated. Binding worn. Front hinge over-opened. Theological remedies for all disturbances of public and private peace. Very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    A-M8. 76 leaves = 154 pages. Later vellum. Binding lightly rubbed and scratched; front hinge over-opened, small holograph bookseller's notes on endpapers, textblock lightly cockled, some foxing and light browning, old repair to inner margin of A8; otherwise in very good condition.


    Johannes von Dambach (Tambaco), was born in 1288 in Dambach and died in 1372 at the Dominican cloister in Freiburg in Breisgau. Johannes was a member of the Ordo Fratrum Praedicatorum for twenty  years in Strassburg. He studied theology at Strassburg and Cologne at the school of Meister Eckhart. He was a friend of the mystical theologian Johannes Tauler with whom he studied theology in Paris. He earned his doctorate in theology at Montpellier. In 1346 he became the first professor of Theology at Prague. It was in Prague that he wrote his most famous work The Consolations of Theology. He apparently had fled Strassburg because of the conflict between Kaiser Karl IV and Pope Clement VI. He likens his exile to that of Boethius as he was "cast out from the place of his own home." Though he apparently did return at Strassburg at some later date. The Strassburg cloister records him as a modest, calm, humble, intelligent, serious and friendly man, full of kindness who worked untiringly and turned with eagerness to the study of scripture.


    "In fifteen books of prose Johannes sets forth ample remedies for all disturbances of public and private peace. The causes of such disturbance are taken up systematically; adverse fortune, persecutions, injuries, exile, loss of friends, lack of exterior joy, silence, loss of freedom, physical defects (being too short!), everything. Quotations from various authors, Augustine, Jerome, Gregory. Chrysostom, Cato, Seneca, Valerius Maximus, Boethius, and many more, afford the solution of all difficulties. Such a comprehensive work may have been in part inspired by Seneca..." - Howard Rollin Patch, The Tradition of Boethius. Oxford: 1935 pages 92-93.


    VD 16 J542. BM STC (Germ.) 449. Not in Adams.

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