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Bod-Inc: A-079

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. ‘In prouerbiis metrice conscriptus cum sententiis exponibilibus.’ 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: Leipzig: Melchior Lotter, [14]99. 4°.


Collation: A B6 C4 D6 E4 F6.


ISTC: ia00177000

GW: GW 505;

Hain: H 388;

Goff: Goff A‑177;

Proctor: not in Pr;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑98; Sheppard 2146.

LCN: 14334208


Copy number: A-079(1)

Bound with:
1. Terentius, Comediae. Strasbourg: Johann Prüss, 1503;
2. Johannes de Garlandia, Composita verborum. Cologne: Heinrich Quentell 1501;
3. Sallustius, De coniuratione Catilinae. Constance: Johann Schäffeler, 1505;
4. Udalricus Ebrardi, Modus latinitatis. [Basel: Michael Furter] 1499 (E‑003);
5. Johannes Heynlin, Resolutorium dubiorum circa celebrationem missarum occurrentium. [Strasbourg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, c.1500] (H‑076).

Binding: Eighteenth-century English red morocco, probably bound for Thomas Coke, Earl of Leicester, between 1718 and 1728(?). On both covers triple fillets form a frame, within which is a roll of gold-tooled dentelle; six panels on the spine, five with a four-acorn tool, one with ‘Terentius Malleoli etc.' On both covers the armorial stamp of Coke, impaling Tufton: see Cyril Davenport, English Heraldic Book Stamps (London, 1909), 122; with Coke's motto ‘Prudens qui patiens.’

Size: 197 × 142 × 49 mm.

Size of leaf: 192 × 128 mm.

Early manuscript interlinear glosses and sixteenth/seventeenth-century marginal notes. Twenty leaves bound after gathering F of the last item in the volume: on the recto of the first leaf scribbles in Latin and German (the beginning of a letter). On the verso of the first leaf, a fifteenth-century manuscript copy of the first 12 lines from AH L 160-1: ‘Gloria laus et honor tibi sit rex Christe redemptor | cui puerile decus promsit osana pium'. Fols 2-19 contain a text written in a fifteenth-century hand, on the four causae of a science beginning on the recto of the second leaf, incipit: Circa initium cuiuslibet scientie sunt aliqua notanda que continentur in sequentibus versibus. Vnde si bene vis scire librum prius ista requiret: utilitas titulus intentio parsque sophie quatuor et ca[u]sas totam rem perficies. Quarum igitur ‘a' primum notandum est quod utilitas est duplex scilicet extrincica et intrincica . . .' explicit: ‘ubi ista particula predicare debent intelligi de predicatione indirecta.' Early notes on the verso of leaf 19. Latin notes on ‘prepositions' [i.e. prefixes] on the verso of leaf 20: ‘Ad illa prepositio que componitur cum dictione | Ex illa prepositio que componitur cum dictione incipiente ab ‘f' semper . . .' Between items 1 and 2 a manuscript index to item 2, probably written in the same hand as the text on the causes of science. The notes indicate that the six items were probably bound together at an early stage

Initials are supplied in brown ink.

Provenance: Thomas William Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (1752-1842). Purchased in 1953.

SHELFMARK: Holk. e.5(6).

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