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Bod-Inc: A-157


Introductorium in astronomiam.


Analysis of Content

a2r [Hermannus de Carinthia: Translator's prologue.] Incipit: ‘Apud iannos artium principiis que ars extrinseca . . .’ Charles H. Haskins, Studies in Medieval Science, 2nd edn (Cambridge, Mass., 1927), 45-7, where the incipit is: ‘Apud Latinos artium principiis quedam ars intrinseca . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 116; Thorndike I 649-50.

a2v Albumasar: Introductorium in astronomiam. [Translated by Hermannus de Carinthia.] Incipit: ‘Primum itaque que causa qua ratione . . .’ See Richard J. Lemay, Abū Ma`Shar and Latin Aristotelianism in the Twelfth-Century: The Recovery of Aristotle's Natural Philosophy through Arabic Astrology, American Unversity of Beirut, Publication of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Oriental ser., 38 (Beirut, 1962), 9-132; Thorndike–Kibre 1119 and 116; Burnett, ‘Arabic', 126-7; Carmody 88-90 no. 13 1(b).


Imprint: Augsburg: Erhard Ratdolt, 7 Feb. 1489. 4°.


Collation: a–h8 i6.

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


ISTC: ia00359000

GW: GW 840;

Hain: HC *612;

Goff: Goff A‑359;

BMC: BMC II 382;

Proctor: Pr 1880;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑230; CIBN A‑194; Essling 524; Oates 959; Rhodes 47; Schramm XXIII p. 25 and pls 29-31, nos 122, 125-32, 134, 136-47; Schreiber V 3075; Sheppard 1324-7.

LCN: 13957894


Copy number: A-157(1)

Bound with A‑154(2); see there for details of binding and provenance.

Size of leaf: 184 × 141 mm.

Occasional marginal notes in a sixteenth/seventeenth-century hand.

SHELFMARK: 4° A 31(2) Art. Seld.

Copy number: A-157(2)

Bound with:
2. Johannes Ganivetus, Epistola astrologie defensiva. Lyons: Johannes Cleyn, 1508.

Wanting e5. Title from a1r cut out and mounted.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 212 × 150 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 204 × 137 mm.

Early marginal notes.

Provenance: Jeorg Camer. John Selden (1584-1654); possibly the copy referred to in MS. Selden Supra 111, fol. 39r: ‘Introductorium in Astronomiam Albumasaris 4°'; not found in MS. Broxb. 84. 10. Presented in 1659.

SHELFMARK: 4° A 32(1) Art. Seld.

Copy number: A-157(3)

Bound with:
1. Hieronymus de Manfredis, Prognosticon anni M cccc lxxxi. [Verona: Petrus Maufer de Maliferis, 1481] (M‑062);
3. Richardus de Bury, Philobiblon. Paris: Gaspard Philippe, for Jean Petit, 1500-1 (R‑066(1)).

Wanting a8. a1 is supplied from another, shorter copy.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 210 × 153 × 21 mm.

Size of leaf: 203 × 140 mm.

Some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in a sixteenth-century English hand.

Provenance: Acquired by 1605; see James, Catalogus (1605), 284.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: 4° O 7 [Jur.]; 4° E 9 Jur.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 5.15(2).

Copy number: A-157(4)

Bound with:
1. Georg Henisch, Tabulae institutionum astronomicarum. Augsburg: Michael Manger, 1575;
3. Alchabitius, Libellus isagogicus. Venice: Melchior Sessa, 1512;
4. Johannes Stöffler, Ephemerides. [Venice: n. pr., c.1505].

Wanting a1.

Binding: Seventeenth-century calf; on both covers triple fillets form a border; both boards detached.

Size: 200 × 148 × 25 mm.

Size of leaf: 193 × 131 mm.

Early marginal notes. Contents list on the front endleaf in the hand of Ashmole.

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

SHELFMARK: Ashm. 158(2).

Copy number: A-157(5)


Corrected proofs of g1v and g7v only, with type area 149 × 105 mm.

Printed on one side only of two conjugate leaves. Removed in 1889 from Auct. Q sub fen. 2.15, Robertus Holkot, Super sapientiam Salomonis. Reutlingen: Johann Otmar, 1489 (H‑132(1)). Subsequently placed in Antiq. d.X. 10, a box of miscellaneous fragments. Removed from this box in 1970.

Binding: Bound in a modern guard-book of proof-sheets.

Marginal corrections in ink.

Provenance of Auct. Q sub fen. 2.15: Ranshofen am Inn, Upper Austria, Augustinian convent of S. Pancratius. Purchased from William Ridler for £1. 1. 0; see Library Bills, 8 Jan. 1889.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Antiq. d.X.10.

SHELFMARK: Vet. A1 a.4(12).

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