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Bod-Inc: A-431

Arnoldus de Geilhoven

Gnotosolitos, sive Speculum conscientiae.


Analysis of Content

[a1v] [Introductory note.] Incipit: ‘Presens hoc speculum conscientie, quod Gnotosolitos dicitur hominem sui et dei consequenter docens cognitionem . . .’

[a1v] ‘Versus.’ Incipit: ‘Qui modo longinquas potui percurrere terras | Hactenus in paucis vix bene notus eram'; 8 distichs. Polain 1558-1558a. See Walther, Initia, 15558.

[a1v] [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Hoc speculum cunctis optandum gnotosolitos | Crescere haut poterit quantum de iure meretur'; 5 hexameters. See Polain 1558-1558a.

[a1v] [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Hoc speculo ne quis careat sibi consulo vendat | Vnam qui binas possidet hic tunicas'; 1 distich. See Polain 1558-1558a.

[a1v] [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Hic ager est in quo census reconditur, ob quem | Cetera venduntur, hic solus ac emitur'; 1 distich. See Polain 1558-1558a.

[a1v] [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Vt careas labe gnotosolito et habe'; 1 pentameter. See Polain 1558-1558a.

[a2r] [Arnoldus de Geilhoven: Prefatory letter] dedicated to Walterus de Bulct, Wilhelmus de Druempt and Johannes Danieels. Incipit: ‘[H]onestis fidelibus ac discretis viris Waltero de Bulct, Wilhelmo de Druempt ac Johanni Danieelis, secretariis, scribis ac clericis Bruxellensis, notabilioris, pulcrioris ac ditioris oppidi totius ducatus Brabantie . . .’

[a3v] ‘Rubrice primi libri.’

[a4v] [Arnoldus de Geilhoven]: ‘Prologus.’ Incipit: ‘[Q]vero primo quotuplex est lex. Sciendum quod ad cognoscendum ordinem . . .’

[b4r] [Arnoldus de Geilhoven]: Gnotosolitos, sive Speculum conscientiae. Pars I. Incipit: ‘[E]xpedit cuilibet agnoscere septem peccata moralia . . . [S]uperbia. Quero primo quid est superbia. Solucio. Superbia est amor proprie excellentie qua homo alta cupit . . .’ See N. Mann, ‘Arnoldus Geilhoven: An Early Disciple of Petrarch in the Low Countries', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 32 (1969), 73-108, at 96; Boekdrukkunst (1973), 93, with bibliography.

[L10v] [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Vt careas labe gnotosolito et habe'; 1 pentameter. See Polain 1558-1558a.

[M2r] ‘Tabula.’

[M12r] ‘Solucio questionis 56 tituli 2 capituli primi libri.’ Incipit: ‘S[olutionem], dicit Ast, uer. s.’ The ‘questio' is on [K6r].

[N1r] ‘Rubrice secunde partis.’

[N1v] [Arnoldus de Geilhoven]: Gnotosolitos, sive Speculum conscientiae. Pars II. Incipit: ‘[Q]uero primo, quod est censura ecclesiastica. S[olutionem], dicit Johannes de Lignano, in tractatu de censura ecclesiastica . . .’


Imprint: Brussels: [Fratres Vitae Communis], 25 May 1476. Folio.


Collation: Part I: [a–n10 o8 p–z A–D10 E8]; part II: [F–H10 I K8 L10 M12 N–Y10 Z aa bb8 cc4].


ISTC: ia01063000

GW: GW 2512;

Hain: HC 7514;

Goff: Goff A‑1063;

Proctor: Pr 9327;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑749; CIBN A‑567; Brussels exhib. 1973, 200-2; Campbell 830; Hillard 189; HPT I 27, II 397, 482; Polain 1558-1558a; Rhodes 172; Sheppard 7172.

LCN: 13978366


Copy number: A-431(1)

Wanting [bb8] and gathering [cc].

Leaf [a1] backed. Bound in two volumes.

Binding: Both volumes bound in nineteenth-century olive morocco; marbled pastedowns; gilt-edged leaves. On both covers of each volume a frame formed of five fillets, with floral tool at each corner.

Size: Vol. 1: 397 × 292 × 47 mm; vol. 2: 397 × 292 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 344 × 226 mm; 382 × 267 mm.

Early marginal annotations and pointing hands in vol. 1 only.

Six- to sixteen-line initials are supplied in interlocked red and blue, with red and/or black (now faded) pen-work in the area defined by the letters, and extensions into the margins in red. Two- to six-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Yellow capital strokes. The decoration is described in Elly Cockx-Indestege, ‘The Gnotosolitos of Arnold of Geilhoven Published by the Brothers of the Common Life in Brussels in 1476: Observations on the Surviving Copies as Evidence for the Distribution', in Incunabula, ed. Davies, 27-77, at 64, the initial on [a2r] is fig. 2b.

Provenance: David Stuart Ker (1816-1878); anonymous sale (1847), lot 531. Purchased for £3. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1847), 14.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 1.10-11.

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