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Bod-Inc: A-467

Astesanus de Ast

Summa de casibus conscientiae.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Astesanus de Ast: [Letter addressed to] Johannes Caietani de Ursinis, Cardinal-deacon of S. Theodore. Incipit: ‘[V]enerando in Christo patri et domino, domino Johanni Gayetano de vrbe, diuina prouidentia, dignissime sacrosancte Romane ecclesie sancti Theodori diacono cardinali, frater Astexanus de Ast de ordine fratrum minorum, eius humilis seruus . . .’ Letter of dedication dated 1317.

[a1r] Caietani de Ursinis, Johannes: [Letter addressed to] Astesanus. Incipit: ‘[V]enerabili et religioso viro amico karissimo fratri Astexano de ciuitate Astensi ordinis fratrum minorum, Johannes miseracione diuina sancte(!) Theodori dyaconus cardinalis salutem . . .’

[a1r] [Astesanus de Ast: Prologue.] Incipit: ‘  “[B]onorum laborum gloriosus est fructus” Sap 3° [Sap 3,15], nullus autem labor est illo labore melior qui animarum saluti proficit . . .’ See Bloomfield 647.

[a1v] [List of contents of first book.]

[a2r] [Astesanus de Ast: Summa de casibus conscientiae.] Incipit: ‘[D]icturi ergo in hoc primo libro de x preceptis moralibus de diuina lege, in qua ipsa continentur, breuiter aliqua premittemus . . .’ See Bloomfield 1635; also J. Dietterle, ‘Die “Summae confessorum” II: ii Die “Summa de casibus conscientiae” des Astesanus de Ast', Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte, 26 (1905), 350-62; L. Babbini, ‘Tre “Summae casuum” composte da tre francescani piemontesi della provincia di Genova', Studi Francescani, 78 (1981), 159-69, at 159-62.

[X1r] [Alphabetical list of contents.] Incipit: ‘[C]onsequenter quia in aliquibus premissis capitulis siue titulis . . .’

[Y2v] [Table of titles of decretals.]

[Z1r] Astesanus [de Ast: Alphabetical index.] Incipit: ‘[C]upiens ego frater Astexanus, compilator huius summe, ad honorem dei vtilitati . . .’


Imprint: [Strasbourg: Johann Mentelin, not after 1469]. Folio.


Collation: [a–i10 k12 l–o10 p q8 r s10 t8 v10+1 x–z10 A8 B10 C10+1 D–H10 I8 K6 L–S10 T8 V6 X–Z10].


ISTC: ia01160000

GW: GW 2749;

Hain: H *1888;

Goff: Goff A‑1160;

BMC: BMC I 53;

Proctor: Pr 207;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑793; CIBN A‑631; Rhodes 176; Sack, Freiburg, 314; Schorbach, Mentelin, 12; Sheppard 139-40.

LCN: 13982037, 14479551


Copy number: A-467(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [Z10].

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled calf over wooden boards. Two clasps lost. On each cover, double fillets form two frames; within the outer a circular floral stamp, a lozenge-shaped eagle stamp and a fleur-de-lis stamp. On the upper cover a foliate stamp within the second frame. The inner rectangle divided by double fillets into lozenge-shaped or triangular compartments, in which a small lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis stamp and a headed-outline tool. On the lower cover a ‘Maria' scroll stamp within the inner frame. In the inner rectangle a headed-outline tool and a larger lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis stamp. On the spine, the scroll stamp.

Size: 410 × 310 × 150 mm.

Size of leaf: 396 × 287 mm.

Two parchment manuscript back endleaves, copied in a fourteenth-century(?) hand, from an unidentified legal work. Seventeenth-century printed leaf, entitled ‘Gradus consanguinitatis, siue cognationis carnalis', with manuscript annotations, inserted between [R6] and [R7].

Copious early marginal notes.

Six- to ten-line initials are supplied in interlocked red and blue, some with pen-work and having extensions into the margins; other three- to five-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Running headlines and rubrics are supplied in red, numbers of books in blue. Initial strokes in red.

Provenance: Regensburg, Bavaria, Dominicans, S. Blasius; inscription on [a2r]; armorial book-plate: see Warnecke 1846. Purchased in Nov. 1846 for £2. 12. 6; see Books Purchased (1847), 2.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 1.16.

Copy number: A-467(2)

Wanting the blank leaf [Z10].

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf for the Bodleian Library. Identical binding to that of A‑468(2) (Auct. 6Q inf. 2.7).

Size: 415 × 327 × 95 mm.

Size of leaf: 393 × 280 mm.

Copious early marginal annotations, mainly in one contemporary hand, some in black ink, some in red, perhaps by the same hand that supplied the rubrication.

At the beginning of each book nine- to twelve-line initials are supplied in blue, green, or red, with reserved white decoration; tracery and edgings in black, yellow, or white, and chequered infill in blue, red, yellow or white, on grounds variously coloured in combinations of blue, red, green, and yellow. Some floral extensions into the margins in red, blue, green, and yellow. One- to five-line initials are supplied in red or blue. Paragraph marks, numbers of books and rubrics are supplied in red or blue. Initial strokes in red.

Provenance: Au am Inn, Bavaria, Augustinian Canons, BVM et S. Felicitas, 1637; inscription on [a1r]. Purchased from Munich via Thomas Rodd for Fl. 33, i.e. for £3. 6. 0; see Books Purchased (1837), 3.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 1.5.

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