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Bod-Inc: A-152


De nativitatibus.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page and woodcut.]

a1v Laurus de Palatiis, Antonius: [Preface.] Incipit: ‘Cum a teneris ut Greci aiunt unguiculis . . .’ Dated 2 May 1492.

a2r ‘Tabula capitulorum.’

a3r Albubather: ‘Proemium.’ [Edited by Antonius Laurus de Palatiis]. Incipit: ‘Primum quod facere oportet in natiuitate . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1120.

a3v Albubather: De nativitatibus. [Translated by Salio, canon of Padua.] [Edited by Antonius Laurus de Palatiis.] Incipit: ‘Dixerunt sapientes primi qui fuerunt . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 445 and 1120; Carmody 136 no. 23a.

e6v Bonus, Antonius: ‘Ad Antonium Laurum Paduanum carmen.’ Incipit: ‘Qui solitos phoebi currus qui tecta sororum | Laetus adis uiridi redimitus tempora Lauro'; 10 hexameters.

e6v Bonus, Antonius: ‘Ad lectorem epistola.’ Incipit: ‘Magna quidem nostro debemus munera Lauro | Cuius ope Albubathris gloria parta nitet'; 6 elegiac distichs.


Imprint: Venice: Alovisius de Sancta Lucia, 1 June 1492. Folio.


Collation: a–e6.

Illustrations: Woodcuts on a1r: within decorated border on the left the Muse Urania, in centre, seated on a throne, ‘Astronomia', and on the right, Ptolemy; above, the sun, moon, and stars, below plants and animals. Above the border, woodcuts of three bearded figures, the one on the right wearing a crown, the one in the centre having the name ‘Albubather' printed around it; also signs of the zodiac.


ISTC: ia00355000

GW: GW 835;

Hain: H *607;

Goff: Goff A‑355;

BMC: BMC V 509;

Proctor: Pr 5378;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑225; CIBN A‑191; Essling 638; Sander 211; Sheppard 4440.

LCN: 14532925


Copy number: A-152(1)

Binding: Old parchment, rebound in the seventeenth century, at the latest by 1667. On the lower cover: ‘For Mr. Humfreys on St Peters Hal.’

Size: 277 × 190 × 10 mm.

Size of leaf: 275 × 175 mm.

Two parchment leaves from a thirteenth-century manuscript of Gregory IX, Decretals, once used as pastedowns, but now raised.

Occasional sixteenth/seventeenth-century marginal notes, with underlining in black ink, and planetary signs on a6v.

Provenance: William Hodges (seventeenth-century); inscription on a1r: ‘Gulielmus Hodgeus pr 5s.' Mr Humfreys, St Peter's Hall, see binding note. John Booker (1603-1667), 1640, whose books were bought by Elias Ashmole for £140; inscription on the upper cover: ‘Albubater fui ex libris Johannis Bookeris.' Elias Ashmole (1617-1692). Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1692. Transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1860.

SHELFMARK: Ashm. 1720.

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