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Bod-Inc: A-172

Alexander Magnus

Historia de preliis.


Analysis of Content

a2r Alexander Magnus [pseudo-]: Historia de preliis. See A‑171.

f5v [Petrus Alphonsus]: [Disciplina clericalis (excerpt).] ‘De sepultura Alexandri.’ Incipit: ‘Legimus alexandri sepulturam esse auream, ad quam plurimi philosophi conuenerunt. Quorum vnus ait, Alexander ex auro fecit thesaurum . . .’ Explicit: hodie habet omnes equales. See A‑171.


Imprint: Strasbourg: [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner)], 14 Oct. 1486. Folio.


Collation: a8 b–f6.

Remarks: Leaf a1 is unsigned, a2 is signed a, and a3 and a4 are signed a2 and a3 respectively.


ISTC: ia00397000

GW: GW 876;

Hain: H *779;

Goff: Goff A‑397;

BMC: BMC I 135;

Proctor: Pr 606;

Others: CIBN H‑147; Hillard 1018; Rhodes 59; Sack, Freiburg, 107; Sheppard 468.

LCN: 14289979


Copy number: A-172(1)

Bound with:
1. Gesta Romanorum. [Strasbourg: Martin Schott, c.1485] (G‑151);
2. Guido de Columna, Historia destructionis Troiae. Strasbourg: [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner)], c.9 Oct. 1486 (C‑396).

Binding: Contemporary south German (Ulm?) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, two clasps lost. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the lower cover; tawed leather index tabs; rebacked. On both covers triple fillets form an intersecting double frame. In the inner rectangle two stamps: fleurons (Schwenke–Schunke 58 no. 553, ‘Art Ulm Drachenrolle I') surrounded by a merrythought; within the outer frame a small lozenge-shaped flower and the fleuron stamp, in the corners a round rosette stamp.

Size: 297 × 207 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 288 × 199 mm.

Early marginal notes in the same hand throughout.

Initials are supplied in red or blue with extensive pen flourishing; paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; red capital strokes; red ‘nota' marks along the printed area.

Provenance: Basel, Carthusians, S. Margarita; inscription on [a1r] and f5v of item 3: ‘Cartusien[sium] in Basilea'; on back pastedown ‘Item Iste liber constat j lib. iij fl.'; on a1v of item 1, a painted coat of arms and the signature of Prior Hieronymus Zscheckenbürlin (1501-36). Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 242(3).

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