The plaint of nature, an ethical treatise on human failings in prose and verse, modeled on the De consolatione philosophiae of Boethius. Many contemporary marginal and interlinear notes throughout.
Ms. codex. Title and attribution from front cover: Alanus deplanctu naturae. Foliation: Paper, 54; [1-54], modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Layout: Written in 22 long lines; frame-ruled in ink; prickings visible. Script: Written in a Gothic cursive script in the hand of Johannes de Polna (colophon f. 54v). Decoration: Rubricated, with paragraph markers and capitals stroked in red ink; simple 2-line red initials, one with a grotesque face (f. 24r); several manicules (f. 15r, 21r, 28r, 31r, 42v). Binding: Contemporary limp vellum; dry and brittle. Origin: Completed in Bohemia on 22 April 1365 (nearest weekday after Quasimodogeniti, the Octave of Easter, f. 54v).
Formerly held in the library of Stift Admont, the Benedictine monastery in the town of Admont, Styria, Austria (number 478, spine and inside upper cover) (Wichner). Sold by Stift Admont to antiquarian bookdealer Brecher (Brno, modern Czech Republic) in 1938 (inscription in Wichner 1888 catalog); Z. Stelle f. Denkmalschutz stamp, indicating export license granted by the Austrian Bundesdenkmalamt, inside lower cover (Christoph Egger, Institut fuer Oesterreichische Geschichtsforschung). Sold by William H. Allen (Philadelphia), 1951.
Described in Wichner, Jakob. Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Admontensis (handwritten catalog, Admont, 1888), p. 203-204 (no. 478). Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p.6-7 (Ms. Latin 26).