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Bod-Inc: A-225

Alphonsus de Spina

Fortalitium fidei.


Analysis of Content

[*]1r [Title-page.]

[*]2r ‘Tabula.’

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.


Imprint: Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 25 Feb. 1494. 4°.


Collation: [*10] a–z [et] A–L8 M10.


ISTC: ia00543000

GW: GW 1578;

Hain: HC *875;

Goff: Goff A‑543;

BMC: BMC II 438;

Proctor: Pr 2088;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑454; Oates 1030-1; Rhodes 69; Sack, Freiburg, 133; Sheppard 1524-5.

LCN: 14423974


Copy number: A-225(1)

Wanting the blank leaf M10. [*]1 backed.

Binding: Eighteenth-century mottled calf; gold-tooled spine.

Size: 215 × 175 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 207 × 153 mm.

Early marginal notes, some in red ink. On [*]1r: ‘Hereticorum bellum pax est Ecclesiæ, Omnis plantatio quam non plantauit, pater meus Cælestis eradicabitur' in a seventeenth-century(?) hand. Also notes in a sixteenth-century hand: an account of the Ottoman conquests and the expansion of the Ottoman empire under Sultans Selim I (c.1470-1520) and Suleyman I (1495-1566): ‘Zelimus undecimus anno 1512. Iste Ismaelem Persarum imperatorem aggreditur supra maria ultra Armeniam . . .' A similar note is found in a copy of the same edition in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

A five-line initial ‘T' on a1r is supplied in blue on a burnished gold ground with white scrolling, and a pink vine scroll extending into the margin. On [a2r] an initial ‘E' has been incorrectly supplied in red, instead of ‘V'. Eight-, five- and three-line initials are supplied in red or blue. Underlining and paragraph marks are supplied in red.

Provenance: J.-G. Michiels (fl. 1775); book-plate; see Linnig 54-5. Francis Douce (1754-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 120.

Copy number: A-225(2)

For this copy see Coates–Jensen 251-2, no. 16.

Wanting [*1, 2, 9, 10] and [q4].

Binding: Seventeenth-century English mottled calf. On both covers a frame formed by fillets, within which is a smaller frame with a border formed by a cresting roll, and a fleuron at each corner. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp on the upper cover.

Size: 228 × 174 × 57 mm.

Size of leaf: 219 × 157 mm.

Parchment pastedown leaf, consisting of two strips, joined in the middle, now forming endleaf.

On M10v three lines of verse, in a contemporary hand, ‘Nemo diu mansit in [culmine] sed cito transit. | Est brevis atque levis in mundo gloria queuis. | Qui fuit hic minimus statuetur in ordine primus'; see Walther, Proverbia, 16335, who ascribes the proverb to Vincent of Beauvais. Occasional early notes and pointing hands.

Guide letters for initials provided, but initials not supplied.

Provenance: Thomas Scasby (fifteenth/sixteenth century). Given by him to Carthusian convent of Assumption of BVM, at Mount Grace, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Christopher Assheton (c.1492-1555). John Selden (1584-1654). Presented in 1659; see MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 6: ‘Fortalitium fidei. Norimb. 1494.’

Former Bodleian shelfmark: F 1. 10 Th. Seld.

SHELFMARK: AA 61 Th. Seld.

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