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Bod-Inc: A-075

Alanus de Insulis

Doctrinale altum seu Liber parabolarum.


Analysis of Content

AA1v ‘Prohemium.’ Incipit: ‘Iste Liber duobus modis solet nominari. Primo secundum quosdam appellatur Doctrinale altum . . .’ Prologue to the commentary of the edition of ‘Auctores octo': see A‑074.

AA2v Alanus [de Insulis]: Doctrinale altum seu Liber parabolarum. Incipit: ‘A Phebo phebe lumen capit a sapiente.’ See A‑073.

AA2v [Commentary on Alanus de Insulis, Doctrinale altum.] Incipit: ‘Hic autor prosequitur suum intentum et primo ponit parabolam dicens quod sicut luna sumit lumen a sole, sic insipiens debet sumere sensum siue sapientiam et bonam doctrinam a sapiente uiro . . .’ Commentary of the ‘Auctores octo'. See A‑074.


Imprint: Cologne: Heinrich Quentell, [1492]. 4°.

Remarks: Sheppard dates [1489/90].


Collation: AA–DD6. DD2 erroneously signed CCii.

Illustrations: ‘Accipies' woodcut on the title-page: see Schreiber–Heitz no. 18; Schramm vol. 8, no. 484.


ISTC: ia00171500

GW: GW 495;

Hain: R 370;

BMC: BMC I 281;

Proctor: Pr 1409;

Others: Sheppard 995; Voulliéme, Köln, 27.

LCN: 14335873


Copy number: A-075(1)

Bound with:
2. De vita et origine Pilati. [Cologne: Cornelis de Zierikzee, c.1500] (P‑296);
3. Lucius Annaeus Seneca [pseudo-] (Martin de Braga), De quattuor virtutibus cardinalibus. London: Wynkyn de Worde, 1523 (STC 17499);
4. Lucius Annaeus Seneca [pseudo-], Proverbia. [Paris: Pierre Le Dru], for Denis Roce, [c.1498] (S‑159);
5. Erasmus, Dialogus . . . quomodo Julius II. P. M. post mortem coeli fores pulsando . . .. [Louvain, T. Martens, 1518];
6. Arthur Standish, The Common's Complaint. London: William Stansby, 1611 (STC 23200.5);
7. Thomas Warmestry, Pax vobis. London: George Thompson, 1641 (Wing W886);
8. A Proclamation Concerning a Cessation of Armes. Dublin: William Bladen, 1643 (Wing C2559);
9. Giuseppe Francesco Mostarda, Festosi applausi fatti . . . alla serenissima Christina Regina di Suetia. [Rome: n. pr., 1656?];
10. The answer of the . . . the University of Oxford, to . . . the City of Oxon. Oxford: H. Hall, 1649 (Wing L363);
11. Philip Sidney, Peplus. Oxford: Joseph Barnes, 1587 (STC 22552);
12. Horatius Pallavicinus, Album, seu nigrum amicorum. London: Thomas Creed for Andrew Wise, 1600 (STC 19154);
13. Edmund Gayton, Wil. Bagnal's ghost. London: W. Wilson for Thomas Johnson, 1655 (Wing G422).

Binding: English seventeenth-century calf over pasteboard; on both covers triple fillets form a border, and separate a narrow and a wide rectangle.

Size: 174 × 136 × 39 mm.

Size of leaf: 170 × 120 mm.

A few contemporary annotations, all in one hand. Shelfmark on fore-edge. Seventeenth-century note indicating place of imprint on the title. On DD6v an inscription in a sixteenth-century hand: ‘Ve tibi, qui rapida librum hunc furabere palma, | Nam videt altisonans omnia gesta Deus. | Si quis erit qui me manibus furetur aduncis, | Reddat, ne stygyos possit adire lacus. | Furaces quicumque manus ad furta paratis | huiusce memores vos decet esse loci. Τέλος ’, with drawing of gallows. The anathema is not quoted in E. C. W. Wattenbach, Das Schriftwesen im Mittelalter, 3rd edn (Leipzig, 1896), nor in Walther, Initia.

Provenance: The items were bound together before 1674. Robert Burton (1577-1640)(?); name on a1r of item 5 and A1r of item 12; see Kiessling, Robert Burton, nos 908 and 1191. Acquired by 1674; see Hyde, Catalogus (1674), I 13.

SHELFMARK: 4° A 9(1) Art. BS.

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