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Bod-Inc: A-116

Albertus Magnus

Liber aggregationis seu liber secretorum.


Analysis of Content

a2r Albertus Magnus [pseudo-]: Liber aggregationis seu liber secretorum; also known as Experimenta Alberti. Incipit: ‘[S]icut vult philosophus in pluribus locis, omnis scientia de genere bonorum est. Verumtamen enim operatio aliquando bona, aliquando mala . . .’ See A‑114.

c1v [Recipes for stemming menstruation, for rendering dogs mute, and against damage from dogs; computistic rules.] Incipit: ‘Videtur dicere Isidorus, quod cinis rane magne super se portatus ad sonas(!) valde retinet fluxum menstruorum . . .’ Amsterdam: Henricus and Theodor Boom, 1669, pp. 153-8. This is the last part of the third book of the Liber aggregationis, which in this edition follows after the explicit and thus appears as a separate text.

c3v Albertus Magnus [pseudo-]: De mirabilibus mundi. Incipit: ‘[P]ostquam sciuimus, quod opus sapientis est facere cessare mirabilia rerum, que apparent in conspectu . . .’ See A‑114.

f3r [Computistic addition.] Incipit: ‘[V]t autem, qui legeris que superius notata sunt, vberiorem fructum capias, volumus communem regulam et breuem tradere ad sciendum ortum lune secundum epactam . . .’ Not in Amsterdam: Henricus and Theodor Boom, 1669.


Imprint: London: William de Machlinia, [c.1485]. 4°.


Collation: a–d8 e6 f4.


ISTC: ia00254500

GW: GW 653;

Hain: HC 534;


Proctor: Pr 9770;

Others: Duff 9; Sheppard 7519; STC 258.

LCN: 14292692


Copy number: A-116(1)

Bound with:
1. Michael Francisci de Insulis, Quodlibet de veritate fraternitatis Rosarii. [Gouda: Gerard Leeu, between 1483 and 11 June 1484] (F‑095(2)).

On the blank leaf a1 a blind impression of bearer-type.

Binding: Seventeenth-century English blind-tooled calf with a border of double fillets and a frame, at each corner of this a fleuron. The note on the last leaf of item 1 and the first leaf of item 2 indicates that the two incunables had already been bound together before 1539. Rebacked.

Size: 212 × 156 × 26 mm.

Size of leaf: 210 × 143 mm.

Three parchment leaves from a thirteenth/fourteenth-century manuscript containing a French translation of III Rg 11. The woodcut from item 1 is cut out and pasted on a parchment endleaf.

A contemporary table of contents on parchment endleaf. Early foliation in both items. On d6v of item 1 an English prayer in an early sixteenth-century hand: ‘Jhesu for thy holy name and for thy bytter passion Saue vs from synne and from endeles dampnacion And bryng to the blysse which neuer shal mysse swet ihesu amen [see Hoskins 116]. In this forsayd prayer be conteyned .xxxiij. wordes iustly representing the xxxiij yers of the age of our lord ihesu crist. The pardon therof in the memoryal of al his woundes grete and smalle is v.m.cccc.lxxv yers. And here is to be noted that the first whyt bede stone betokenyth the name of ihesu and the red bede stone the passion of ihesu, the first blak the synne of man, the secunde black the paynes of helle and the last whyt bede synyfyeth euerlastynge ioye and blysse. Amen. The wondes that our lord suffered for vs ben vmcccclxxv and so many yeres of pardon be graunted to al them that say deuoutly this forsayd prayer.' On a1r of item 2 in the same hand a list of indulgences of Syon Abbey, Middlesex, Birgittine Nuns and of the Charterhouse of Sheen, Richmond: ‘Here foloweth the pardon of the bedes of Syon | for euery pater noster, Aue maria and Crede ccccc daies of pardon And so for the hole ladys saliter lxvij.m. yeres of pardon. | Here foloweth the pardon of the bedes of Shene the Charterhows for euery pater noster, Aue maria and Credo xxx yers of pardon. | Secundum annorum xiij.m.cccc.xl | Also the olde pardon of shene the charterhous for euery worde on the pater noster, Aue maria and crede lxxx of pardon. | Secundum annorum cclxxviij.m.cccclxxxiij days. | Also for the .x. salutations of our lady whiche is graunted by pope Julius and Leo for the x Aues x.m. days And for the pater noster x.m.yers. Amen.' On a1r of item 2, a handwritten title. In item 2 early marginal annotations in Latin and English, e.g. a short prayer and a recipe on c3v.

Provenance: John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Selden Supra 111, fol. 30v and MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 30, listed as Michael de Insulis. Presented in 1659.

SHELFMARK: 4° I 1(2) Th. Seld.

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