Alphonsus de Spina
Analysis of Content
[a6v] [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.
[a6v] [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.
[b1r] ‘Prohemium.’ Incipit: ‘[T]urris fortitudinis a facie inimici tu es domine deus meus . . .’
[b2r] [Alphonsus de Spina]: Fortalitium fidei. Incipit: ‘Et detur ordo in presenti libro quinque erunt parciales libri quasi quinque turres fortalicii fidei inexpugnabiles . . .’ See A‑222.
Imprint: Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 10 Oct. 1485. Folio.
Collation: [a6 b8 c–z A B6 C8].
Remarks: Collation as GW.
GW: GW 1576;
Hain: HC *873;
Goff: Goff A‑541;
BMC: BMC II 427;
Proctor: Pr 2044;
Others: BSB‑Ink A‑452; CIBN A‑282; Sack, Freiburg, 132; Sheppard 1496.
Copy number: A-224(1)
Wanting the blank leaf [a1]. Leaf [h5] is bound after [l6].
Printed folio numbers.
Binding: Eighteenth-century French red morocco by Richard Weir, for MacCarthy Reagh(?); on both covers gilt double fillets form a border; edges of boards and turn-ins tooled with gold slashes; on the spine two compartments contain title and imprint; in six compartments a tendril stamp in each corner, a lozenge formed by a small circular and star-shaped stamps within which is a floral stamp; marbled pastedowns.
Size: 396 × 290 × 32 mm.
Size of leaf: 394 × 263 mm.
One ten-line initial and other two- and four-line initials, and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.
Provenance: Possibly Justin, comte MacCarthy Reagh (1744-1811); sale (1789), lot 896(?). Charles Marsh (1735-1812); sale (Feb. 1816); purchased by Heber for £2. 10. 0; inscription: ‘Marsh's sale at Christie's Feb. 1816 £2. 10. 0'. Richard Heber (1773-1833); Catalogue, 6 (1835), lot 1749. Purchased for £2. 6. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 10.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 1.11.
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