Analysis of Content
[*2r] Civitates octo climatum. Incipit: ‘Ciuitates primi climatis: Arim, Tanabau . . .’
[*2r] ‘Figura characterum duodecim signorum celi.’
[*2v] Angeli, Johannes: [Astrolabium]. ‘Opus astrolabii plani.’ Incipit: ‘[P]rima pars huius libri principalis tabulas pro quolibet climate duas in se continet. Prima enim tabula cuiuslibet signi et gradus ascendens qualibet hora atque minuto ostendit . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 1094; the text continues after the note on the contents (below).
[*3r] [Note on the contents of the text.] Incipit: ‘[E]tsi plurima astrologie diuini numinis conscie accommoda astrolabii officio demonstrentur . . .’ See Thorndike–Kibre 529.
Imprint: Venice: Johannes Emericus de Spira, for Lucantonio Giunta, 9 June 1494. 4°.
Collation: [*]4 a–e8 f–s4 t–y8 z12 A–C8 D12.
Illustrations: 420 woodcuts; woodcut initials.
GW: GW 1901;
Hain: HC *1101;
Goff: Goff A‑712;
BMC: BMC V 539;
Proctor: Pr 5495;
Others: BSB‑Ink E‑64; CIBN A‑380; Essling 433; Hillard 136; Sack, Freiburg, 182; Sander 384; Sheppard 4559-60.
Copy number: A-284(1)
Binding: Contemporary English (Cambridge) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, remains of one metal catch. On both covers triple fillets form a double frame; the inner rectangle is divided by double fillets into lozenge-shaped compartments. For the stamps see Oldham, Blind-stamped Bindings, pl. xi, nos 48, 50, 63, 64, 73 (`Unicorn binder'); for the binder see Hobson, Cambridge Libraries, 40 no. xxx.
Size: 228 × 165 × 41 mm.
Size of leaf: 223 × 159 mm.
Provenance: Elias Ashmole (1617-1692). Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1692. Transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1860.
SHELFMARK: Ashm. 460.
Copy number: A-284(2)
Wanting the blank leaf D12.
Binding: Contemporary German (Tegernsee, Kyriß workshop no. 32) blind-tooled calf over modern wooden boards, the covers were reduced to a quarter binding when the volume was rebound; marks of two bosses. On both covers double fillets originally formed a double frame, of which only the part closest to the spine is preserved. In the frame two different stamps: a small scroll with the inscription ‘MARIA' and a small five-petalled flower; for the latter see Kyriß pl. 69, no. 2. Similar bindings in Munich, BSB Clm 19852, 4° P.lat. 525 and many others.
Size: 224 × 170 × 50 mm.
Size of leaf: 215 × 152 mm.
Many woodcuts and initials are coloured in red, green, and yellow.
Provenance: Tegernsee, Bavaria, Benedictines, S. Quirinus; on [*1r] dated note: ‘1499. Contenta huius libri. Attinet liber iste venerabili monasterio Tegernsee sancti Quirini martiris'. Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; shelfmark ‘Inc. c. a. 1061' and no. 1901. Date of acquisition unknown, although the shelfmark indicates a date of acquisition around 1840.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 6.83.
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