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Bod-Inc: A-192

Alexander de Villa Dei

Doctrinale cum commento Johannis Synthen.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r [Preface.] Incipit: ‘Circa expositionem vocabulorum prime partis . . .’

a2v Alexander [de Villa Dei: Doctrinale (Pars I).] Doctrinale (ed. Reichling), 1-1073.

a2v Synthen, Johannes: ‘Dicta.’ Incipit: ‘Item Alexander in hoc versu prohemiali . . .’ See Doctrinale (ed. Reichling) CCCV. Ascription of authorship to Synthen rejected by Hermannus Torrentinus, Commentaria in Alexandrum [Cologne, 1507], a1r: ‘Nam que maxime et in usu et in precio habentur Alexandri Glossemata atque doctissimo viro Johanni Synthen falso adscribitur, quot erroribus scatent . . .' The authorship is not questioned in VL IX 559-61, which refers to the possibility of a collaboration with Alexander Hegius.


Imprint: Strasbourg: [Martin Schott], 27 Nov. 1487. 4°.


Collation: a b8 c6 d–s8.8.6 t–z A8 B6.


ISTC: ia00440700

GW: GW 1140;

Hain: C 304;

Proctor: Pr 397;

Others: Doctrinale (ed. Reichling), 36; Scott, Schott, 7; Sheppard 327-8.

LCN: 14007496


Copy number: A-192(1)

Binding: Contemporary German half pigskin over boards with central clasp hinged from lower to the upper cover.

Size: 211 × 145 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 202 × 140 mm.

The extracted parchment pastedowns, dating from c.1300, and intended to be kept under the shelfmark MS. Lat. misc. b.13, fols 47-53, but now apparently missing, contain letters of Philip III of France and Petrus de Condeto, 1270-1, relating to the Eighth Crusade; see L. Carolus-Barré, ‘Un recueil de lettres sur la huitième croisade', Bulletin de la société nationale des antiquaires de France (1960), 182-7.

Early marginal notes. On a1r early notes, and part of prayer(?): ‘Ave sanctissima virgo Maria, mater dei, regina celi, porta paradi | si Domina mundi tu es, singularis virgo pura, tu concepisti | Ihesum, sine peccato concepisti'. Notes in a sixteenth-century hand on the outside of the upper cover.

Initials are supplied in red. Initial strokes, paragraph marks, and underlining in red.

Provenance: Wimpfen, Baden-Württemberg, Dominicans, Sancta Crux; inscription on a1r in a sixteenth-century hand: ‘Conuentus Wimp. Ordinis Praedicatorum'; shelfmark ‘B 33' on paper label attached to the spine, a reference to the 1792 catalogue of the Wimpfen library (Darmstadt, Hessische Landes- und Hochschulbibliothek, MS. 3001, p. 84), according to a letter from Dr K. H. Staub, Darmstadt. Jacobus Hailman (fl. 1556-1560), on the upper cover. Purchased from Joseph Baer & Co., 143. Lager-Catalog, no. 376, for 8 Marks; see Library Bills, 7 May 1884.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q 5.44.

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