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Bod-Inc: A-168

Alexander de Hales

Expositio super tres libros Aristotelis de anima.


Analysis of Content

a2r Alexander [de Hales, pseudo-; Alexander Bonino de Alexandria]: Expositio super tres libros Aristotelis de anima. Incipit: ‘[I]nterrogasti me, honoret te deus, illustrissime fili Philippe de Melduno, de optimo quod est in nobis, scilicet anima cogitans . . .’ For authorship see Glorieux, Répertorie, 301s and 340b; Glorieux, La Faculté, 81 no. 19; Lohr (1967), 353 no. 1. In the colophon ascribed to venerabilis Alexander.


Imprint: Oxford: Theodoricus Rood, 11 Oct. 1481. Folio.


Collation: a–f8 g6 h–s8 t–x6 y z A–H8.

Illustrations: Some copies have a woodcut border on a2r.


ISTC: ia00382000

GW: GW 869;

Hain: HC 655;

Goff: Goff A‑382;


Proctor: Pr 9748;

Others: Duff 21; Oates 4161-2; Rhodes 55; Sheppard 7482-5; STC 314.

LCN: 14289959, 14290001, 14290039, 14294045


Copy number: A-168(1)

Without the woodcut border.

Binding: Contemporary English (Oxford) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards; two clasps lost; formerly chained (staple-mark at tail of the upper cover). The upper cover plain; on the lower cover double fillets form a frame, the inner rectangle divided by diagonal double fillets into lozenge-shaped compartments. On the lower cover oval stamp with Madonna and child, see Gibson, Oxford Bindings, 19 no. 15, pl. xxxiv no. 40.

Size: 300 × 216 × 58 mm.

Size of leaf: 288 × 200 mm.

Parchment pastedowns from a fourteenth-century manuscript of the Digestum novum with commentary and glosses.

Early marginal notes in gathering a. On H8v an early note of price ‘iij s viij d'; see Duke Humfrey's Library, no. 117.

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red.

Provenance: Roger Balkwell (late fifteenth century); inscription: ‘Iste liber est ex dono Rogeri Balkwell ut occupantes eum orent pro anima illius'. Sir Edwin Sandys (1561-1629); purchased with his benefaction of money in 1603; see Benefactors' Register I 57: ‘Alexander de anima. fo. Oxon. 1481'; James, ‘Catalogus' (1602), fol. 203v; James, Catalogus (1605), 277.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: A 5.4 Art; C 7.15 Art; Auct. R sup. 10.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.37.

Copy number: A-168(2)

Fragments: leaf r6 and fragments of C1 and E6 only.

A note in the margin of fol. 3 of this book of fragments records that these leaves probably came from the bindings of D 1. 16 Th. (John Davenant, Praelectiones de duobus in theologia controversis capitibus. Cambridge: University Press, 1631) [this shelfmark has been cancelled in the note], and 4° D 48 Th. (George Downame, An answere to a sermon preached . . . [N. pl.: n. pr.], 1609, etc.). Given the size of the fragments, the fact that they show signs of use as pastedowns, and that the note relating to D 1. 16 Th. has been cancelled, it seems more likely that the fragments actually come from 4° D 48 Th. alone.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half maroon morocco with black paper boards, bound for the Bodleian Library.

Sizes of fragments: 190 × 122 mm, 171 × 132 mm, 183 × 133 mm.

Provenance: (of 4° D 48 Th.) not identified in James, Catalogus (1620).

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. R. sup. 14.

SHELFMARK: Inc. d. E2.1481.1.

Copy number: A-168(3)

A fragment of h8 only.

Binding: Stored in a modern case of red cloth, backed with red morocco.

Size of fragment: 190 × 127 mm.

Provenance: Francis Edward Norris (1885-1966). Presented by him in 1952.

SHELFMARK: Inc. e. E2.1481.1.

Copy number: A-168(4)

A fragment of r1.

Bound with a collection of fragments of books printed in Oxford:
1. Rufinus Tyrannius, Expositio in symbolum apostolorum. Oxford: [Printer of the Expositio in symbolum apostolorum], 17 Dec. ‘1468' [1478] (R‑148(2));
2. Phalaris, Epistolae. Oxford: Theodoricus Rood and Thomas Hunt, 1485 (P‑250(1));
3. Aristoteles, Ethica ad Nicomachum. Oxford: [Printer of the Expositio in symbolum apostolorum], 1479 (A‑400(2)).

Binding: Nineteenth-century black half calf over marbled pasteboards.

Size: 215 × 138 × 10 mm.

Size of leaf: 96 × 35 mm.

Provenance: Acquired by 1835; Catalogus (1843), I 40.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. R sup. 9(4).

SHELFMARK: Arch. G e.7(4).

Copy number: A-168(5)

Not in Sheppard.

Part of a collection of fragments, assembled by Strickland Gibson to provide illustrative material for use in his university course on bibliography; formerly stored in a document case, bearing the label ‘Bibliography Room New Bodleian'.

Parts of leaves b1, b2, and b4 only.

Binding: Bound in a modern guard-book of fragments.

Size of fragments: 100/1 × 165/6 mm.

Provenance: Strickland Gibson (1877-1958). Presented by Gibson.

SHELFMARK: Gibson 403(1/1-3).

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