The evolution of the Carthusian Statutes from the Consuetudines Guigonis to the Tertia Compilatio. Documents. Dl. 1: Consuetudines Guigonis — Prima pars Statutorum Antiquorum


Hogg, James

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James Hogg
The evolution of the Carthusian Statutes from the Consuetudines Guigonis to the Tertia Compilatio. Documents. Dl. 1: Consuetudines Guigonis — Prima pars Statutorum Antiquorum, Salzburg, 1989 [fotografische reproductie: Basel, Johannes Amerbach, 1510], 160 p. (= Analecta Cartusiana, 99:1)  
[Hogg 1989b]


Consuetudines, Guigo I O.Cart.: Consuetudines (facsimile editionis Basiliae 1510), legislatio, statuta, Statuta Antiqua O.Cart. (facsimile editionis Basiliae 1510)


Introductory Remark (p.3-4)
The copy used for the present reproduction belonged to the English Carthusian community of Sheen Anglorum1, and is today conserved at the British Library in London. The CONSUETUDINES GUIGONIS have been reproduced along with the other legislative collections contained in the Bâle volume, despite the publication of Dom Maurice Laporte’s critical edition of the COUTUMES DE CHARTREUSE in 19842, as the omission of this item would have deprived the whole system of cross references in the marginal notes and the magnificent index of much of their value and significance.

The Bâle edition was commissioned by the Carthusian General Chapter in 1509, and was almost certainly due to the initiative of Dom François du Puy3, Prior of the Grande Chartreuse. Its publication was supervised by the prior of the charterhouse of Freiburg in Breisgau, the noted humanist, Dom Gregory Reisch. The printer, John Amorbach4 of Bâle; produced this masterpiece of early printing on 15 January 1510.

The collation of the text offered by Amorbach and that of Dom Laporte's critical edition shows for the CONSUETUDINES GUIGONIS the modest total of 95 errors according to Dom Laporte’s computation, but a number of these variants are of very minor significance. For the rest of the documents, my own observation has shown that the texts are in general sound and even excellent, with only minor omissions and misprints. In awaiting the publication of critical editions of the entire corpus of the legislation concerning the Carthusian Order, the Bâle volume can thus clearly render valuable service.

Unfortunately, Amorbach did not number his pages, which has made reference to the collection problematical, but the contents are:
CONSUETUDINES GUIGONIS (ca. 1127), 46 pages
STATUTA ANTIQUA (1259), 207 pages
STATUTA NOVA (1368), 52 pages
TERTIA COMPILATIO (1509), 56 pages
INDEX to the Statutes, giving detailed cross references, 132 pages
REPERTORY of the privileges of the Carthusian Order, an analytical index of texts that are subsequently reproduced in full, 9 pages
SUMMARY of the papal privileges, 8 pages
COLLECTION OF BULLS concerning the Carthusian Order, consisting of 135 documents, the folios here being numbered from 1 to 48, 96 pages
A LIST OF HOUSES OF THE ORDER, arranged under the Provinces, two and a half pages

Zie ook: [Statuta 1510].

  • 1. Cf. for Sheen Anglorum Jan de Grauwe, Histoire de la Chartreuse Sheen Anglorum au Continent: Bruges, Louvain, Malines, Nieuoport (1559-1783), Analecta Cartusiana 48 (1984), and the same author's Historia Cartusiana Belgica, Analecta Càrtusiana 51 (1985), 243-52.
  • 2. Sources Chrétiennes 313. For the Bâle edition, cf. 125-31.
  • 3. General of the Carthusian Order 1503-21.
  • 4. Born in 1444, he was in close contact with the charterhouse of Bâle. He died in 1515. Several members of his family were buried in the charterhouse.