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Flores astrologiae.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Albumasar: Flores astrologiae. [Translated by Johannes Hispalensis.] Incipit: ‘Dixit Albumasar. Oportet te primum scire dominum anni . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1013; Carmody 92-3 no. 13 3(a).


Imprint: Augsburg: Erhard Ratdolt, 18 Nov. 1488. 4°.


Collation: a8 b8 c4.

Illustrations: Woodcuts of signs of the zodiac and planetary signs. Seven astrological diagrams.


ISTC: ia00356000

GW: GW 837;

Hain: HC *609;

Goff: Goff A‑356;

BMC: BMC II 382;

Proctor: Pr 1877;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑227; CIBN A‑192; Essling 436; Oates 956; Rhodes 46; Schramm XXIII p. 25 and pl. 29, 31, nos 119-25, 134-5; Schreiber V, 3073; Sheppard 1320-1.

LCN: 13957870


Copy number: A-154(1)

Bound with:
1. Johannes de Sacro Bosco, Sphaera mundi. Paris: Félix Baligault, [1494] (J‑186(1));
2. Johannes de Sacro Bosco, Sphaera mundi. Venice: Guilelmus Anima Mia, Tridinensis, 1491 (J‑185);
4. Petrus de Alliaco, Concordantia astronomiae cum theologia. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 1490 (A‑210(2));
5. Pomponius Mela, Cosmographia, sive de situ orbis. Venice: Franciscus Renner, de Heilbronn, 1478 (M‑178(2));
6. Marcus Antonius Sabellicus, De vetustate Aquileiensis patriae. [Padua]: Antonius de Avinione, [between 1481 and 1483] (S‑002(1)).

Binding: Contemporary English blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, one metal catch lost; see Hobson, Cambridge Libraries, 46 no. xiv, dated to between c.1494 and 1534. ‘Astronomia et Cosmographia' along the lower edge. On both covers triple fillets form an intersecting double frame; within the outer frame are a small round fleur-de-lis and a repeated foliate tool; the inner rectangle is divided by diagonal triple fillets into lozenge-shaped compartments. In the compartments two different stamps: a lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis and a coat of arms; for the stamps see Oldham, Blind-stamped Bindings, pl. x nos 20-4. Rebacked.

Size: 220 × 162 × 46 mm.

Size of leaf: 210 × 144 mm.

Parchment manuscript pastedowns containing the Sermones fratrum minorum, Collectio generalis (de tempore) copied in a late thirteenth/early fourteenth-century hand, with titles 1 and 2 on the front pastedown, 3 and 4 on the rear pastedown. Titles: 1. ‘[N]isi habundauerit iustitia vestra plusquam scribarum et phariseorum non intrabi[tis] in reg[num] ce[lorum] mt 5' [Mt 5,20], incipit: ‘In hoc verbo tanguntur duo: primum est perfectio vite spiritualis' (Schneyer, Repertorium, VII no. 93 T45); 2. ‘Mortui sumus cum Christo' [Rm 6,8], incipit: ‘Credimus quia simile' (Schneyer, Repertorium, VII no. 94 T46); 3. ‘[S]i filii et heredes ro. 8' [Rm 8,17], incipit: ‘Proposito verbo duo principaliter aten[den]da sunt: primum est iustorum meritum' (Schneyer, Repertorium, VII no. 98 T48); 4. ‘[F]ilii huius seculi prudentiores sunt filiis lucis in generatione sua. Lu. 16' [Lc 16,8], incipit: ‘In proposito verbo salvator noster 3a spiritualiter agit . . .' (Schneyer, Repertorium, VII no. 99 T48).

List of contents of the volume on the verso of the second front endleaf, written mostly in one contemporary hand, but with later additions. Notes on planetary signs on front endleaves in a contemporary hand.

Provenance: Elias Ashmole (1617-1692). Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1692. Transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1860.

SHELFMARK: Ashm. 463(3).

Copy number: A-154(2)

Bound with:
2. Albumasar, Introductorium in astronomias. Augsburg: Erhard Ratdolt, 1489 (A‑157(1)).

Binding: Seventeenth-century English calf; double fillets form a border, separating a narrow and a wide rectangle. Upper board detached.

Size: 186 × 152 × 25 mm.

Size of leaf: 184 × 142 mm.

Provenance: Bruges, Flanders, Carthusians, Domus Vallis Gratiae; inscription: ‘Sum domus monialium cartusiensium prope brugas'. David Goubard (fl. 1633). John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Selden Supra 111, fol. 39r: ‘Flores Albumasaris 4°'; or fol. 92v: ‘Albumazar Flores Astrolog.'; not found in MS. Broxb. 84. 10. Presented in 1659.

SHELFMARK: 4° A 31(1) Art. Seld.

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