INVENTION and DISCOVERY:
Printed Books from Fifteenth-Century Europe
An Exhibition at Bridwell Library, February 1 – May 3, 2010
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46. OLIVIER MAILLARD (c. 1430–1502). La confession frere Olivier Maillard. [Paris: Pierre Le Rouge, c. 1492].
Bridwell Library holds the only recorded copy of this
edition of an early vernacular text for private devotion composed by Olivier
Maillard, one of the most popular preachers in fifteenth-century France.
Commissioned by the citizens of Poitiers, the Confession presents a
mixture of prose and verse expositions on each of the Ten Commandments. The
work begins by listing the ten barriers to salvation and then offers a
pathway to repentance through personal reflection upon the Decalogue. A
short treatise on mortal sins follows, and the book concludes with a
rendering of the Ten Commandments in verse. Purchased in 2009, this is the earliest French
devotional text held by Bridwell Library.
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