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Bod-Inc: A-158


Libellus isagogicus.


Analysis of Content

aa1v [Woodcut astrological diagram.]

aa2r Alchabitius: [Prologue.] Translated by Johannes Hispalensis. Incipit: ‘Postulata a domino prolixitate vitae . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1078.

aa2v Alchabitius: Libellus isagogicus [also known as Liber introductorius]. Translated by Johannes Hispalensis. Incipit: ‘Nitach id est circulus signorum dividitur in 12 partes . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 913; Carmody 144-5 no. 27 1(a). David Pingree, ‘Al-Qabisi', DSB XI, 226, is doubtful about the attribution of this work to Alchabitius.

ee4r Johannes de Saxonia: ‘Commentum super textu Alchabicii.’ Edited by Bartholomaeus de Alten. Incipit: ‘“Vir sapiens dominabitur astris”, dicit Ptolemeus in Sapientiis Almagesti . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1699; Thorndike III 258-64.


Imprint: Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, [before 4 Nov.] 1485. 4°.


Collation: aa–ll8 mm10.

Illustrations: Four astrological diagrams.


ISTC: ia00363000

GW: GW 844;

Hain: H *617; C 225;

Goff: Goff A‑363;

BMC: BMC V 290;

Proctor: Pr 4400;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑233; CIBN A‑197; Essling 295; Oates 1760-2; Redgrave 55; Rhodes 49; Sack, Freiburg, 101; Sander 217; Sheppard 3691-2.

LCN: 14545423


Copy number: A-158(1)

For this copy see Coates–Jensen 247, no. 7.

Bound with:
1. Johannes de Sacro Bosco, Sphaera mundi. [Venice]: Erhard Ratdolt, 1485 (J‑182);
3. Julius Hyginus, Poetica astronomica. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 1485 (H‑252).

Binding: Nineteenth-century calf blind-tooled for the Bodleian Library; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Both boards detached.

Size: 222 × 164 × 32 mm.

Size of leaf: 212 × 153 mm.

Early marginal notes. Contemporary manuscript table of contents on g8v of item 3, listing all three items.

Provenance: Robert Goodyear (sixteenth century); inscription: ‘Robert Gudyer' on g8v of item 3. Thomas Sparke (†1572); George Winter (†1580); inscription on 11v of item 1: ‘Liber G. Winteri ex dono Tho. Sparke Episcopi Barwicensis 1566 12 Junij'. John Selden (1584-1654), see MS. Broxb. 84. 10, pp. 44-5; MS. Selden Supra 111, fol. 39r; and MS. Add. C. 40, p. 68. Presented in 1659.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: 4° B 13 Art. Seld.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 5.7(2).

Copy number: A-158(2)

Bound with A‑002; see there for details of binding and provenance.

Size of leaf: 210 × 152 mm.

SHELFMARK: Ashm. 465(2).

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