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Bod-Inc: A-073

Alanus de Insulis

Doctrinale altum seu Liber parabolarum.


Analysis of Content

A1r Alanus [de Insulis]: Doctrinale altum seu Liber parabolarum. PL CCX 581-94. Walther, Initia, 71. On the authorship see d'Alverny, Alain de Lille, 51-2; see also VL I 97-102 and Henkel, Schultexte, 215-17. Alanus de Insulis died as a monk in Cîteaux in 1203 and is not identical with Alanus, Bishop of Auxerre between 1152 and 1167 who died at Clairvaux in 1185; see Raynaud de Lage, Alain de Lille, 41-2.


Imprint: [Paris: Pierre Levet, c.1485/6]. 4°.

Remarks: As dated by Sheppard; GW dates [c.1485-90].


Collation: A B6.

Types: Types: 101 B, here measuring 98 mm. The type had been cut down to c.97 mm by Feb. 1486/7: see Claudin I 416, and BMC VIII 97; it is, therefore, likely that the book was printed before Feb. 1486/7.


ISTC: ia00170000

GW: GW 489;

Goff: Goff A‑170;

Proctor: Pr 8082;

Others: Sheppard 6273.

LCN: 14335825


Copy number: A-073(1)

Bound with:
1. Cordiale quattuor novissimorum. [Paris: Philippe Pigouchet, c.1495] (C‑450(2));
2. Bonaventura, Sermones quattuor novissimorum. [Paris]: Philippe Pigouchet, for himself and Antoine Caillaut, [c.1489-90] (B‑449);
3. Speculum aureum animae peccatricis. [Paris: Philippe Pigouchet, c.1490] (S‑257);
4. Matthaeus de Cracovia, De modo confitendi et puritate conscientiae. [Paris: Philippe Pigouchet, c.1492] (M‑155).

Binding: Contemporary (Flemish ?) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, rebacked; clasp lost. On both covers double fillets form an intersecting double frame; the inner rectangle is divided by double fillets into lozenge-shaped compartments. At all points of intersection a small rosette; see Goldschmidt no. 25 for a similar binding.

Size: 215 × 148 × 38 mm.

Size of leaf: 206 × 136 mm.

Raised parchment pastedowns from a thirteenth/fourteenth-century manuscript breviary and another, slightly later manuscript containing part of Aristoteles, De generatione et corruptione I, 5; see De generatione et corruptione: Translatio vetus, ed. Joanna Judycka, AL IX/1 (Leiden, 1986).

Contemporary table of contents, quotations from the Bible and a short prayer on front endleaf. On a1r of item 1, early scribbles. A few early interlinear glosses and marginal notes in the text. On rear endleaf, contemporary note containing a remedy against fevers.

Initial ‘A' is supplied in red and blue.

Provenance: Franciscus de Ponte (sixteenth century); a cancelled inscription on a1r of item 1. Ghent, Jesuits, ‘domus tertiae probationis'; inscription in a seventeenth-century hand on a1r. Jean-François Van de Velde (1743-1823); inscription on the endleaf; sale, lot 4009. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 96(5).

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