Alphonsus de Spina
Analysis of Content
[a1r] ‘Prohemium.’ Incipit: ‘[T]urris fortitudinis a facie inimici tu es domine deus meus . . .’
[a2r] [Alphonsus de Spina]: Fortalitium fidei. Incipit: ‘[V]t detur ordo in presenti libro quinque erunt parciales libri quasi quinque turres fortalicii fidei inexpugnabiles . . .’ See A‑222.
[*8r] [Desecration of the host by Jews in Segovia in 1455.] Incipit: ‘[V]ndecimum mirabile accidit in ciuitate Segebiense anno domini Mcccclv, regnante domino Johanne in tenera etate sub tutrice matre sua domina Katherina Castelle regina . . .’ See A‑222.
[*8v] [Appearance of the Devil in c.452, who promises to lead Jews to the promised land.] Incipit: ‘Secundum mirabile accidit circa annum domini cccclii, imperante Theodosio Archadii filio qui fuit xlv Romanorum imperator et sedente in cathedra Petri Sixto papa tercio . . .’ See A‑222.
Imprint: [Basel: Bernhard Richel, not after 1475]. Folio.
Remarks: Walsh 1140 lists a copy at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, with a purchaser's note dated 10 May 1475.
Collation: [a–v10 x–z et *8].
Remarks: Collation as BMC, not GW.
Illustrations: Woodcut on [a2r].
Remarks: On [e7-9] four slips have been pasted over section headings which were printed in error, as in BMC.
GW: GW 1575;
Hain: HC *871;
Goff: Goff A‑540;
BMC: BMC III 735;
Proctor: Pr 7522;
Others: BSB‑Ink A‑451; CIBN A‑281; Rhodes 68; Sack, Freiburg, 131; Schramm XXI 13, 26, and pl. 553; Schreiber V 5291; Sheppard 2364-5.
Copy number: A-223(1)
Binding: Eighteenth-century half calf; gold-tooled spine; marbled pastedowns.
Size: 390 × 297 × 55 mm.
Size of leaf: 385 × 274 mm.
The woodcut is coloured in red, yellow, brown, blue-green, and green. Three-, four- and six-line initials and paragraph marks supplied in red. Manuscript running headings supplied in black ink. Highlighting of capitals in yellow.
The prohemium is preceded by the manuscript rubric ‘Prohemium in quo laudes diuine annotantur et mittitur querela ante thronum maiestatis Dei . . .', with ‘Prologus' in the upper margin.
Provenance: Erased inscription in lower margin of [a1r]. In upper margin of [a1r] in a sixteenth/seventeenth-century hand: ‘M[ona]st[erii] Vigoren[ ]'(?). Richard Franz Philipp Brunck (1729-1803); base of spine lettered ‘BRUNCK'; not found in sale catalogue (1801). Purchased for £8. 8. 0; see Books Purchased (1826), 15.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q inf. 2.13.
Copy number: A-223(2)
1. Biblia latina [Mt-Apc]. [Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt and Andreas Frisner], 1476 (B‑255(2)).
In this copy the ‘Tabula' is bound before the ‘Prohemium.’
Binding: Nineteenth-century plain calf for the Bodleian Library; green-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns.
Size: 392 × 300 × 85 mm.
Size of leaf: 379 × 277 mm.
Woodcut coloured in red, yellow, blue, green, and grey. Four-line initial ‘T' on [*1r], and one running title are supplied in black ink. In gatherings [K]–[M] initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red; red capital strokes and underlining.
Provenance: On [a1r] of item 1, and on endleaf of item 2: ‘Schenk' in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand. Würzburg, Bavaria, Conventual Franciscans, Inventio crucis/Sancta crux; inscription on [a1r] of item 1, dated 1673; inscription on [K1r] of item 1: ‘Bibliotheca Fratrum Min. Conv. Herbipoli'; printed labels on [a2r] of item 1, and [K1r] of item 1: ‘Ad Bibliothecam FF. Min. Conv. Wirceburgi'. Purchased at anonymous sale (London: Evans, 6 Feb. 1832), lot 268, for £6. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1832), 3 (item 1 being described as ‘sine loco 1476').
SHELFMARK: Auct. Y 3.8(2).
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