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Bod-Inc: A-290

Angelus de Clavasio

Summa angelica de casibus conscientiae.


Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Title-page.]

[*2r] 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 . . .’

[*2v] Angelus de Clavasio: [Response giving consent.] Incipit: ‘Angelicam summam pro vtilitate confessorum et eorum qui cupiunt laudabiliter viuere . . .’

[*3r] ‘Prologus.’ Incipit: ‘Incipit prologus in summa Angelica de casibus conscientie per fratrem Angelum de Clauasio . . . Angelici spiritus et si diuine contemplationi semper intendant . . .’

[*3r] ‘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 . . .’

[*5v] ‘Tabula . . . doctorum sacre theologie et vtriusque iuris . . .’ Incipit: ‘Secundo, presens tabula nomina doctorum sacre theologie et vtriusque iuris indicabit . . .’

[*6v] List of types of references and abbreviations. Incipit: ‘Tercio, hec tabula pro simplicibus declarat modum allegandi tam theologos quam iura canonica et ciuilia ac aliquas abbreuiationes . . .’

[*7v] ‘Rubrice iuris ciuilis et canonici.’

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

GG7v [Jacobinus Suigus: Verses addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Humano Angelicas quicumque audire loquelas | Ore cupis presens perlege lector opus'; 6 elegiac distichs.


Imprint: Strasbourg: Martin Flach, 1 Dec. 1491. Folio.


Collation: [* †8] a–f8.6 g–k6 l8 m–o6 p8 q–s6 t–y8.6 z A6 B–I8.6 K L6 M8 N–Q6 R8 S–U6 X8 Y6 Z8 AA8 BB CC6 DD–GG6.8.

Remarks: Gatherings [*] and [†] are numbered, but not signed.


ISTC: ia00721000

GW: GW 1932;

Hain: H *5391;

Goff: Goff A‑721;

BMC: BMC I 151;

Proctor: Pr 692;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑530; CIBN A‑388; Rhodes 94; Sack, Freiburg, 189; Sheppard 514.

LCN: 14420957


Copy number: A-290(1)

Binding: Contemporary German (perhaps Schwenke–Schunke–Rabenau 49, ‘Bremen, Dominikaner-Kloster') blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with metal clasps; rebacked. On both covers an intersecting double frame formed by a pair of fillets. The upper cover: within the outer frame a circular lamb-and-flag stamp; in the central rectangle merrythoughts, made up of a repeated individual headed-outline tool, and a repeated circular five-petalled rose stamp. The lower cover: within the frame circular stamps of the four evangelist symbols, and a circular lamb-and-flag stamp; panel divided by diagonal fillets into a lozenge and six triangular compartments, the former containing a circular lamb-and-flag stamp (possibly Schwenke–Schunke 154, no. 82a), the latter a half rosette stamp.

Size: 297 × 210 × 77 mm.

Size of leaf: 287 × 187 mm.

Underlining in black ink and occasional marginal notes.

On [*2r] a twelve-line initial ‘P' is supplied in red, with two crosses inside the lobe, and a third on the outer side of the stem, and extensions into the inner margin. On a1r a ten-line initial ‘A' is supplied, decorated in green acanthus foliage, with infill of yellow foliage, all on a black background, and with extensions into the inner margin, ending in orange or blue leaves. Two- to six-line initials are supplied in red or blue, often over printed guide-letters. Paragraph marks and underlining are supplied in the prologue, tables, and rubrics. Capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Note of ownership(?) cut from the lower margin of [*2r]. Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate: see Lee, Royal Bookplates, 41 no. 24; not found in sale catalogue. Purchased for £0. 16. 0; see Books Purchased (1848), 10.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 4.34.

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