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Bod-Inc: A-077

Alanus de Insulis

Doctrinale altum seu Liber parabolarum.


Analysis of Content

a1v ‘Prohemium.’ Incipit: ‘Iste Liber duobus modis solet nominari. Primo secundum quosdam appellatur Doctrinale altum . . .’ Prologue to the commentary of the ‘Auctores octo'. See A‑074.

a2v Alanus [de Insulis]: Doctrinale altum seu Liber parabolarum. Incipit: ‘A Phebo phebe lumen capit a sapiente.’ See A‑073.

a2v [Commentary on Alanus de Insulis, Doctrinale altum.] Incipit: ‘Hic autor prosequitur suum intentum et primo ponit parabolam . . .’ Commentary of the ‘Auctores octo'. On the ‘Auctores octo'. See A‑074.


Imprint: Deventer: Jacobus de Breda, 30 Sept. 1494. 4°.


Collation: a–d6 e4.


ISTC: ia00173300

GW: GW 499;

Hain: HC 380;


Proctor: Pr 9073;

Others: Campbell 56; HPT II 413; ILC 36; Sack, Freiburg, 38; Sheppard 6974-5.


Copy number: A-077(1)

After e2 is bound sheet c3.4 of Aesopus moralisatus. Deventer: Jacobus de Breda, 30 July 1494 (A‑062).

Wanting the blank leaf e4.

Binding: Nineteenth-century English (London) gold-tooled green morocco by Robert Fairbairn.

Size: 206 × 137 × 7 mm.

Size of leaf: 200 × 130 mm.

On endleaf a nineteenth-century pencil note on Breda's editions, signed ‘A'.

Provenance: Thorpe sale (1827), part 2, lot 3217. On endleaf ‘2 £ 12 s 6 d from Thorpe's Catal. 1827'. Anonymous sale of David Stuart Ker M.P. (1847), lot 81. Purchased for £0. 15. 0; see Books Purchased (1847), 18.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 7.26.

Copy number: A-077(2)

Bound with:
1. Disticha Catonis cum commento. [Paris: Pierre Levet, c.1497] (C‑133);
3. Theodulus, Ecloga (comm. Odo Picardus). [Paris]: Pierre Levet, [c.1497] (T‑082). Like Alanus's Doctrinale, these two texts form part of the ‘Auctores octo', and the commentaries printed in this copy are the same as in the ‘Auctores' editions. The three books were printed separately, however, and are here bound in a different order from the standard ‘Auctores' sequence.

Binding: Contemporary English(?) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, two clasps lost; hinged from upper to lower cover; rebacked. On both covers triple fillets form a double frame; the inner rectangle is divided by two triple fillets into four triangular compartments. In the compartments two different lozenge-shaped stamps: a double-headed eagle and a fleur-de-lis. In the frame two different lozenge-shaped stamps: a smaller fleur-de-lis and a stag.

Size: 215 × 145 × 33 mm.

Size of leaf: 205 × 138 mm.

Frequent drawings of pointing hands in brown ink in the margins and occasional manuscript annotations, probably in the same early hand.

Provenance: James Denton (†1533). John Denton (fifteenth/sixteenth century); on a1r of item 1, ‘Anno domini 1512. Ex dono Ja. Denton nepoti suo Johanni Denton.' George Sellyard (sixteenth century?); on f6r of item 1: ‘Gorge sellyard ys the ouner of thyes bocke'. Purchased for £0. 7. 6; see Books Purchased (1859), 29.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 7.35(2).

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