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Bod-Inc: A-182

Alexander de Villa Dei

Doctrinale cum commento Ludovici de Guaschis.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r ‘Prefatio.’ Incipit: ‘Iste liber dividitur in tres libros partiales . . .’ not in Reichling

a2r Alexander [de Villa Dei: Doctrinale (Partes I–II).] See A‑179.

a2r [Guaschis, Ludovicus de: Commentary on Doctrinale Partes I–II.] Incipit: ‘Quia textus est planus . . .’ Doctrinale (ed. Reichling) CCCIII ascribes to Ludovicus.

h4r Alexander [de Villa Dei: Doctrinale (Partes III–IV).] See A‑180.

h4r [Commentary on Doctrinale Partes III–IV.] Incipit: ‘Habito de his que faciunt ad esse grammatice artis . . . Hic a[uctor] respondet tacite questioni . . .’


Imprint: Basel: [Johann Amerbach], 1486. Folio.


Collation: a8 b–m6.


ISTC: ia00429000

GW: GW 995;

Hain: HC *747 = C 260;

Goff: Goff A‑429;


Proctor: Pr 7570;

Others: Doctrinale (ed. Reichling), 32; BSB‑Ink A‑247; Sheppard 2420-1.

LCN: 14291025


Copy number: A-182(1)

Wanting the blank leaf m6.

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

Size: 300 × 217 × 12 mm.

Size of leaf: 291 × 200 mm.

Large woodcut initials, BMC capitals 1b, 2a, 2b, are painted in red and white, with initial ‘S' on a2r painted in pale pinkish brown, with a yellow edge, and surrounded by green foliage. A few initials are supplied in red, for example ‘I' on c6r. Green highlighting on g4v and g5r. Some smaller initials traced in red ink. Initial strokes and underlining in red.

‘5343', ‘64' on a1r.

Provenance: Acquired between 1847 and c.1892, probably in 1850; not in Catalogus (1843) with Appendix.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 5Q 4.17.

Copy number: A-182(2)

Bound with:
1. Isidorus Hispalensis, Etymologiae. De summo bono. Venice: Bonetus Locatellus, 1493 (I‑039).

Binding: Contemporary German (Nuremberg, Kyriß workshop no. 122; Schwenke–Schunke–Rabenau 206, ‘Schreyer-Legat') blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with metal corner-pieces and catches; wanting five bosses on each cover. On both covers are two frames; within the outer frame, formed by double fillets, is Schwenke–Schunke 157 no. 17, the inner frame is formed by triple fillets. An inner rectangle on the upper cover contains Kyriß pl. 245 (Nuremberg), nos 1-6 and 9-11, the lower cover with Kyriß pl. 245, nos 1-6 and 7-9, illustrated fully in Kyriß pl. 246. Similar bindings in Bamberg, State Library, Inc. typ. B.IX.14 and D.VI.16.

Size: 320 × 222 × 48 mm.

Size of leaf: 310 × 210 mm.

Early marginal notes: on a1r various definitions of grammar; notes on c2r heavily cropped. Manuscript verses on m6v: incipits: ‘Hec assatum turingis est bene gratum', ‘Dives eram dudum me fecerunt tria nudum', ‘Secundum dominum Bernardum: Dant tria martirium sine sanguinis effusione.’

Large woodcut initials, BMC capitals 1b, 2a, 2b, painted in red, yellow, and/or green. Initial strokes, paragraph marks, and underlining in red. Highlighting of smaller initials in green and yellow.

Provenance: Johannes Poltz (fl. 1495). Rebdorf, Bavaria, Augustinian Canons, abbey, S. Johannes Baptista; probably the copy listed by Andreas Strauss, Opera rariora quae latitant in bibliotheca canon. reg. collegiatae ecclesiae ad S. Ioannem Baptistam in Rebdorf (Eichstadt, [1790]), 31. Jean Baptiste, Chevalier de Bearzi (nineteenth century); sale (1855), lot 2094. Purchased at his sale for £0. 5. 6; see Books Purchased (1855), 33.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 5.47(2).

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