Editions and Translations: Introduction
Opening page of the Speculum Doctrinale from the incunabulum edition Straßburg, R-printer (= Adolf Rusch), ca. 1477 — Munich, Bayerische Staats-bibliothek 2 Inc.c.a. 236,2
The inventory of editions and translations of Vincent's works is divided into two sections.
Editions before 1700
The section Editions before 1700 lists incunabulum and early modern printings. These editions present:
- (parts of) the Speculum Maius, and
- two collections of Vincent's political and theological works.
As for the Speculum Maius: With the introduction of the printing press, the Speculum Naturale, Speculum Doctrinale and Speculum Historiale, and also the apocryphal Speculum Morale became available in printed form. After 1480, four editions of the Speculum Maius have been printed presenting the Speculum Naturale, Speculum Doctrinale and Speculum Historiale plus the apocryphal Speculum Morale. From these editions emerges the image of a monolithic unity of four parts. This conflicts with the manuscript tradition of the Speculum Maius, which shows that these parts were often distributed separately, the Speculum Historiale being pre-eminently the most popular part. A handwritten copy of the entire Speculum Maius was in fact an exceptional phenomenon (see also the pages Works and An outline of the manuscript tradition of the Speculum Maius).
Digital facsimiles are available for all parts of the Speculum Maius. All pre-1600 editions can be consulted online, with the exception of two incunabulum editions of the Speculum Naturale.
A number of Vincent's political and theological works are available in two incunabulum editions. Each edition offers a specific selection of these works, the two collections partly overlapping. These two editions are also available online.
In this inventory, references to the editions have been enriched with hyperlinks to their digital online facsimiles.
Editions and translations after 1700
The section Editions and translations after 1700 enumerates modern editions and translations of Vincent's works.
As for the Speculum Maius: Only the text of the Speculum Historiale has been edited entirely, in a digital edition that is based on a manuscript of the Speculum Historiale. All other (printed or digital) editions and translations of the Speculum Maius offer smaller stretches of texts, running from a series of chapters that focus on a specific topic to the complete Libellus Apologeticus (= General Prologue) to listings of chapter titles from a particular version of a speculum, and so on.
Of Vincent's political and theological works, only the De eruditione filiorum nobilium, the De morali principis institutione, the Liber consolatorius ad Ludovicum regem de morte filii and the Expositio in orationem Dominicam are in full length available in modern editions and translations. (Digital) editions of the remaining works are limited to prologues and a list of chapter titles.