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Bod-Inc: A-436

Ars Dicendi


Analysis of Content

.i.2r ‘Tabula sequentis libri.’

b1r ‘Liber nouus Rhetorice vocatus Ars dicendi siue perorandi.’ Incipit: ‘[S]ubsequens opus, quod est in artem dicendi compositum, gratia suffragante diuina septem partibus continetur . . . Eloquendi scientiam, quam Rhetoricam vocant, penitus a modernorum studiis exulare . . .’ See Giessen, Universitätsbibliothek, MS. 1249, fol. 1; P. O. Kristeller, Iter italicum, III, alia itinera, I Australia to Germany (Leiden, 1983), 542.


Imprint: Cologne: Johann Koelhoff, the Elder, 16 Apr. 1484. Folio.


Collation: .i. a6 b–n8 o10 p–z A–F8 G–K6.8 L8.


ISTC: ia01085000

GW: GW 2563;

Hain: HC *13906;

Goff: Goff A‑1085;

BMC: BMC I 225;

Proctor: Pr 1057;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑758; CIBN A‑585; Oates 539; Sack, Freiburg, 303; Sheppard 807; Voulliéme, Köln, 168.

LCN: 13978345


Copy number: A-436(1)

Binding: Contemporary Netherlandish (Korssendonck, near Turnhout) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, four bosses on each cover and two clasps lost; rebacked. On both covers triple fillets form a double frame. In the inner frame, a lozenge-shaped stamp showing Christ in the act of blessing, holding an orb; in the inner rectangle a panel stamp lettered ‘Odium suscitat rixas', ‘Litem inferre caue', and ‘Non stant federa metu facta', with six compartments showing mythical animals: see Weale R 320. According to a letter by P. Verheyden dated 1932, these stamps are only known to occur on the binding of Brussels, Royal Library, MS. 2740 which was written by a Regular Canon from Korssendonck: see J. van den Gheyn, Catalogue des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, VI (Brussels, 1906), 199, no. 3925; also Foot, ‘Monasteries and Dragons', 194 and pl. 1.

Size: 290 × 211 × 65 mm.

Size of leaf: 273 × 197 mm.

Occasional early marginal notes.

Initials are supplied in red; red capital strokes.

Provenance: Richard Heber (1773-1833); stamp; see Catalogue, 2 (1834), lot 474. Purchased for £0. 7. 0: Books Purchased (1834), 2.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 3.33.

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