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Bod-Inc: A-286

Angelus de Clavasio

Summa angelica de casibus conscientiae.


Analysis of Content

[*1r] Tornieli, Hieronymus: [Letter addressed to] Angelus de Clavasio, [seeking his consent to print the Summa angelica.] Incipit: ‘Pluribus retroactis temporibus, reuerende ac mi cordialissime pater, ad lecturam casuum conscientie promotus . . .’

[*1v] Angelus de Clavasio: [Response giving consent.] Incipit: ‘Angelicam summam pro vtilitate confessorum et eorum qui cupiunt laudabiliter viuere . . .’

[*2r] ‘Prologus.’ Incipit: ‘Incipit prologus in summa angelica de casibus conscientie per fratrem Angelum de Clauasio . . . Angelici spiritus et si diuine contemplationi semper intendant . . .’

[*2r] ‘Tabula declaratoria ordinis et contentorum.’ Incipit: ‘Et quia hec Angelica summa principaliter edita est pro simplicibus confessoribus non habentibus peritiam vniuersalem iuris, ideo hanc tabulam ei prepono que tria demonstrabit . . .’

[*4r] ‘Tabula . . . doctorum sacre theologie et vtriusque iuris . . .’ Incipit: ‘Secundo, presens tabula nomina doctorum sacre theologie et vtriusque iuris . . .’

[*5r] List of types of references and abbreviations. Incipit: ‘Tertio, hec tabula pro simplicibus declarat modum allegandi tam theologos quam iura canonica et ciuilia ac aliquas abbreuiationes . . .’

a1r Angelus de Clavasio: Summa angelica de casibus conscientie. Incipit: ‘[A]bbas debet esse presbyter . . .’ See A‑285.

K12v [Jacobinus Suigus: Verses addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Humano Angelicas quicumque audire loquelas | Ore cupis presens perlege lector opus'; 6 elegiac distichs.

K12v [Colophon.]

[†1r] ‘Rubrice iuris ciuilis et canonici.’


Imprint: Venice: Georgius Arrivabenus, 22 Oct. 1487. 4°.


Collation: [*6] a–z [et] [con] [rum] A–R8 S [†10]

Remarks: Gathering [†] is numbered, but not signed.


ISTC: ia00714000

GW: GW 1924 (Anm.);

Hain: HC *5384;

Goff: Goff A‑714;

BMC: BMC V 383;

Proctor: Pr 4913;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑524; CIBN A‑384; Oates 1928-9; Pellechet 3814; Polain 206; Rhodes 92; Sack, Freiburg, 184; not in Sheppard.

LCN: 14420963


Copy number: A-286(1)

Variant setting of gatherings a and b, as Pellechet, Polain, and GW Anm., not as BMC.

Binding: Late fifteenth- or early sixteenth-century Italian (from Emilia or the Marches?) binding in Mudéjar style; dark brown goatskin over wooden boards with a very slight outward bevel. Blind-tooled. Two clasps, secured by three nails arranged in a triangle, hinge on the upper cover. Rectangular brass catches with three nicks on each side and four at the top, secured by four nails. Light brown edges. Double dark green and pale brown headbands, sewn diagonally. Sewn on four thongs. Head and tail of spine repaired (a line of small S‑tools across the head and tail may be part of this repair). A line of larger S‑tools inside two lines across the first and fifth compartment; the others have a horizontal decoration of lines and small quatrefoils. Pastedown and three endleaves at the front; pastedown and two endleaves at the end; a third cut out leaving stub; the pair of endleaves nearest the text at each end unopened at the head; no watermark visible. The pattern is of Mudéjar inspiration; see Henry Thomas, Early Spanish bookbindings (London, 1929), pls XLI, XLII and, for the central ‘cross', pl. XXXI; but the technique is feeble by comparison with genuine Mudéjar work and the tools are all of common Italian types. The clasps hinge on the upper cover in the normal Italian manner. Broxb. 31.14 and related bindings are evidence of a Spanish craftsman or craftsmen at work in Emilia or the Marche c.1490. This volume may have been bound by an Italian imitating one of the Spaniard's bindings.

Size: 246 × 171 × 71 mm.

Size of leaf: 234 × 170 mm.

Front endleaves contain a prayer in Latin, incipit: ‘Angula(!) deus in nomine tuo saluum me fac et virtute'; a religious poem of 17 lines in Italian, incipit: ‘Jo sono in vita deli cristiani fideli'; and seven diary entries in Italian from 1512, listing calamities.

On a1r a six-line initial ‘A' is supplied in red with purple pen-work vine-stem infill, expanding into inner margin as a foliate scroll ending in pen fleurons in inner and upper margins. Three- to seven-line initials are supplied in red or blue, with many initials covering small manuscript guide-letters in black ink. Paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Bartholomeus (fl. 1510), son of Johannes, son of Petrus, of Santa Maria Villiana; inscription on the front endleaf: ‘Iste liber est mei bartolemei quondam johannis | olim petri scardatie(?) de sancta maria Villiana | comunis africi comitatus bon[oniensis] qui emtus fuit | in anno nativitatis M quinquagenteximo 10 die 25 aprilis.' Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); purchased from Davis & Orioli, 22 Mar. 1950 for £60. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 31.8.

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