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Bod-Inc: A-295


Computus cum commento.


Analysis of Content

A2r Anianus: Computus, [prologue]. Anianus, Le Comput manuel, ed. David Eugene Smith, Documents scientifiques du XVe siècle, 4 (Paris, 1928), 36 (facsimile of A2r). See Thorndike–Kibre 840.

A3r Anianus: Computus. Le Comput manuel, ed. Smith, 38 (facsimile of A3r), 37-48 (edition of the text), 82 no. 2 (this edition). See Thorndike–Kibre 243.

A3r [Commentum.] Incipit: ‘Quoniam in magno compoto tradite sunt multe regule et diuerse . . .’

F7r [Versus quibus plura ad compotum necessaria cognoscuntur.] Incipit: ‘Que vix antiqui potuerunt scribere libris | Decurrendo polum constanti mente rotundum | Aeriasque domos tentando et sidera cuncta | Queque fluunt ex his et quomodo sol moueatur | Intus habes collecta breui compendio et arte'; 11 sections of 5 hexameters each.

F8r [Colophon.]

G1r [Johannes de Sacrobosco?]: Algorismus vulgaris. [Also known as De arte numerandi.] J. O. Halliwell, Rara mathematica (London, 1839), 1-26; see Thorndike–Kibre 991: the incipit, derived from Boethius, is used by Johannes de Sacrobosco and by Gualterus Britte, Theoremata planetarum; for the former see BL MS. Harley 4350, fols 15v -25v; for the latter see John Bale, Index Britanniae Scriptorum: John Bale's Index of British and Other Writers, ed. Reginald Lane Poole with the help of Mary Bateson, reissued with introduction by Caroline Brett and James P. Carley (Oxford, 1902; reissued Woodbridge, 1990), 100; Sharpe, Latin Writers, no. 865.

H3v ‘Perutilis ac subtilis algorismi practica.’ Incipit: ‘Pro expeditionne(!) regularum algorismi excogitatus est quidam modus facilis et leuis per denarios proiectiles . . .’

H5r ‘Tabula.’


Imprint: Strasbourg: Johann Prüss, 14 Nov. 1488. 4°.


Collation: A8 B C6 D–F8 G H6.


ISTC: ia00732000

GW: GW 1951;

Hain: H *1109;

Goff: Goff A‑732;

BMC: BMC I 121;

Proctor: Pr 537;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑539; Oates 209; Sack, Freiburg, 196; Sheppard 416; Smith, Arithmetica, 31-3.

LCN: 14425029


Copy number: A-295(1)

Bound with:
2. Carolus Maneken, Formulae epistolarum. [Strasbourg: Martin Schott], 8 Jan. 1490 (M‑060);
3. Johannes de Garlandia, Cornutus cum commento. Hagenau: Heinrich Gran, 1489 (G‑039(1)).

Wanting F4.

A paper strip is pasted over the last two lines on F3v.

Binding: Contemporary German half pigskin over wooden boards, remains of a metal clasp with the word ‘Maria.’

Size: 207 × 145 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 200 × 130 mm.

On A1r notes on contents in a sixteenth/seventeenth-century hand added to the title of the first item. Copious early marginal notes in German hands, mainly consisting of calculations, lists for memorizing saints' feasts for each month, mnemonic verse, excerpts from Isidore and Duranti; some interlinear glosses. On F8v medical recipes; on H6r: ‘Receptum doctoris Johannis Stacke [or Stricker?] contra dentium asperitates', partly in German; on H6v note on the death of ‘Hainricus Müller ac frater meus dilectissimus' on 22 Sept. 1493. On H6v and [*1r] of item 2, further recipes; on [*1r] of item 2, draft of a letter written on behalf of Emperor Friedrich III (1415-1493) and dated 1493 and another letter from Jodocus [Bentelin], Abbot of Weingarten (1455-77), to Johannes Zeller, describing an event in the monastery, followed by a quotation ascribed to Cicero, De officiis, but really Juvenal 8.140-1: ‘Omne enim vitium tanto perspectius in se crimen habet quanto qui peccat maior habetur'; on Bentelin see Karl Löffler, Die Handschriften des Klosters Weingarten (Leipzig, 1912), 10. Two leaves of manuscripts notes cut out between items 2 and 3.

Provenance: Buxheim, Bavaria, Carthusians, BVM; on A1r: ‘Cartusiæ in Buxheim' and stamp. Graf von Ostein, 1803. Sold in 1883 by Graf Hugo von Waldbott-Bassenheim (1820-1895); Buxheim sale, lot 3313. Bought by Falconer Madan for the Bodleian for 10 Marks; see Library Bills, 19 Feb. 1884; see also Honemann, ‘Buxheim Collection', Bod1.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 5.50(1).

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