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Bod-Inc: A-236


De officiis ministrorum.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Ambrosius: De officiis ministrorum, three books. See A‑234.

[m10v] [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Nectar et Ambrosiam coelestia munera quaeris, | hoc sanctum Ambrosi perspice, lector, opus. | Arida qui tali compleuerit ora sapore | non sitiet, nullam sentiet ille famem'; 2 elegiac distichs.

[n1r] Paulinus Nolanus [pseudo-]; [Paulinus Mediolanensis]: Vita Ambrosii. Dedicated to Augustinus. See A‑233.

[p1r] Ambrosius [pseudo-]: [Epistola de passione beatae Agnetis virginis.] ‘Vita gloriose virginis Agnetis.’ See A‑228.

[p7r] Ambrosius [pseudo-]: [Epistola] de passione S. Vitalis et Agricolae. PL XVII 747-9; see CPL 2244.

[q1r] Ambrosius [pseudo-]: [Epistola] de passione sanctorum martyrum Gervasii et Prothasii. PL XVII 743-7; see CPL 2195.

[q3r] Ambrosius: [Sermo] de inventione corporum sanctorum Gervasii et Prothasii. PL XVI 1019-26. CSEL LXXXII/3, 126-40.


Imprint: Milan: Christophorus Valdarfer, 7 Jan. 1474. 4°.


Collation: [a–f8 g6 h10 i–l8 m10 n o8 p8 q6]. Collation not as in GW (` . . . p6 q8‘).


ISTC: ia00560000

GW: GW 1611;

Hain: H *910;

Goff: Goff A‑560;

BMC: BMC VI 725;

Proctor: Pr 5874;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑472; CIBN A‑300; Oates 2268; Rhodes 76; Sack, Freiburg, 143; Sheppard 4883-4.

LCN: 14421798, 14421902


Copy number: A-236(1)

Gatherings [a]–[m] bound after gatherings [n]–[q].

Binding: Nineteenth-century English crushed brown morocco with gilt fillets on edges of boards and turn-ins, by J. Clarke.

Size: 245 × 168 × 29 mm.

Size of leaf: 237 × 160 mm.

Early marginal notes.

On [a1r] a Milanese five-line epigraphic initial is painted in gold with white vine-stem scrolling on a blue, red, and green ground; foliate extension into the inner margin with some gold dotting; German foliate decoration in the outer margin with gold dotting. In the lower margin a coat of arms: azure, a pike in bend argent, with motto: ‘Droit Quoy Quil Soit'; see Pächt and Alexander II, 114 no. pr. 132. On [n1r] a similar initial; another initial supplied in red.

Provenance: Brochereul de la Sicardaye; coat of arms: see M. P. Potier de Courcy, Nobiliaire de Bretagne (Saint-Pol-de-Léon, 1846), 55. Thomas Thorpe (1791-1851); Catalogue (1834), part 2, lot 45. Purchased for £2. 12. 6; see Books Purchased (1834), 1.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q 4.3.

Copy number: A-236(2)

Gatherings [a]–[m] only.

Binding: Nineteenth-century calf; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 245 × 170 × 23 mm.

Size of leaf: 237 × 159 mm.

Marginal notes in a sixteenth-century hand.

On [a1r] a Florentine five-line epigraphic initial is painted in gold, with white vine-stem scrolling on a blue, red, and green ground; foliate extension into the inner, upper, and lower margins with some gold dotting. Other initials are supplied in red or blue; all damaged by washing.

Provenance: Sir Mark Masterman Sykes (1771-1823); sale (1824), lot 132. Purchased for £2. 15. 0; see Books Purchased (1824), 2.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. P 4.6.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q 4.2.

Copy number: A-236(3)

Not in Sheppard.

Bound with A‑146(3); see there for details of binding and provenance.

Leaf [l2] only.

Size of fragment: 211 × 153 mm.

A ‘nota' mark on the recto, showing where two poorly inked letters have been finished in manuscript, also two curling extensions into the margins in black ink, one on the recto, the other on the verso.

SHELFMARK: Gibson 403*(9).

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