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Bod-Inc: A-469

Astesanus de Ast

Summa de casibus conscientiae.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Astesanus de Ast: [Letter addressed to] Cardinal Johannes Caietani de Ursinis. Incipit: ‘[V]enerando in Christo patri et domino, domino Johanni Gaijetano de vrbe, diuina prouidentia, dignissimo sacrosancte Romane ecclesie sancti Theodori dijacono cardinali, frater Astexanus de Ast de ordine fratrum minorum, eius humilis seruus . . .’

[a1r] Caietani de Ursinis, Johannes: [Letter addressed to] Astesanus. Incipit: ‘[V]enerabili et religioso viro amico carissimo fratri Astexano de ciuitate Astensi ordinis fratrum minorum, Johannes miseratione diuina sancti Theodori dijaconus cardinalis salutem . . .’

[a1r] Astesanus de Ast: [Prologue.] ‘Prohemium.’ 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 decem preceptis moralibus de diuina lege, in qua ipsa continentur, breuiter aliqua premittemus . . .’ See A‑467.

[S1r] [Alphabetical list of contents.] Incipit: ‘[C]onsequenter quia in aliquibus premissis capitulis siue titulis . . .’

[T1v] [Table of title of decretals.]

[V1r] Astesanus [de Ast: Alphabetical index.] Incipit: ‘[C]upiens ego frater Astexanus, compilator huius summe, ad honorem dei vtilitati . . .’


Imprint: [Strasbourg: Printer of Henricus Ariminensis (Georgius Reyser?), not after 1474]. Folio.

Remarks: Printed in type 4 of the group of anonymous editions ascribed by Ohly to Georg Reyser. The date 9 May 1474 in the Munich copy is the rubricator's date of finishing his work, rather than a note of ownership. BMC attributes to [Speier: Georgius de Spira].


Collation: [a–i10 k12 l–r10 s12 t–z A–E10 F8 G10 H10+1 I–V10].


ISTC: ia01163000

GW: GW 2752;

Hain: HC *1891;

Goff: Goff A‑1163;

BMC: BMC II 484;

Proctor: Pr 337;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑796; CIBN A‑633; Ohly, ‘Reyser', 36; Sack, Freiburg, 318; Sheppard 239-40.

LCN: 13978992


Copy number: A-469(1)

Gathering [V] bound before [a].

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards. Five bosses on each cover and catches on the upper cover lost; remains of catches on the lower cover. Both covers badly worn. On both covers quadruple fillets form a double frame, within which is a rose stamp and a lozenge-shaped floral stamp. In the inner rectangle on both covers are a small petal stamp and merrythoughts, inside which is a single fleuron. On the spine are two different lozenge-shaped stamps, now badly worn, one perhaps a floral stamp, the other an animal rampant stamp, and a scroll stamp. Leather index tabs. Manuscript title label on the upper cover.

Size: 413 × 294 × 126 mm.

Size of leaf: 398 × 278 mm.

Two bookmark slips, one being a very small fragment of music in manuscript, the other four woodcuts of coats of arms.

Occasional early marginal notes, ‘nota' marks and pointing hands.

Seven- to ten-line initials are supplied in red, with Maiblumen or acanthus leaves and pen-work infill in blue, green, black ink, or blue and green, with the initial ‘C' on [V1r] having foliate extensions into the margins in blue, light green, dark green, and red, the ‘E' on [f7r] in blue and green. Two- to eight-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; numbers of books are supplied in red. Initial strokes in red.

Provenance: Johannes Vierling (†1505). Bequeathed by Vierling in 1505 to Stadtamhof, Bavaria, Augustinian Canons, SS. Andreas et Magnus; inscription on pastedown: ‘Johannes Vierling hirsauer' [name in large, black gothica textura formata letters] ‘Legauit hunc librum Monasterio Sancti Magni M° ccccc° v.' [in red]. Niederalteich, Bavaria, Benedictines, S. Mauritius; obtained by Joscio Hamberger, abbot (1700-39), in 1739: inscription on [V1r]. Date of acquisition unknown; possibly one of the three editions ascribed to ‘Strasbourg, Mentelin s. a.' which are listed in Catalogus (1843), Appendix, 52.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 5Q inf. 1.8.

Copy number: A-469(2)

Bound with:
2. Johannes Petrus de Ferrariis, Practica nova judicialis. [Lyons: Martin Huss and Johannes Siber, c.1478] (F‑020).

Leaf [a1] mounted. Leaves [a9-10] are bound between [a2] and [a3].

Bound as two volumes. Douce 298 contains gatherings [a]–[z], Douce 299 gatherings [A]–[V].

Binding: Eighteenth-century French (Toulouse) red morocco; gold-tooled spine; marbled pastedowns; index tabs; bound by Richard Weir for MacCarthy Reagh.

Size: Douce 298: 412 × 310 × 50 mm; Douce 299: 412 × 310 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 402 × 278 mm.

Manuscript notes by Douce on endleaves. Early marginal notes.

On [a1r] a ten-line initial ‘U' is supplied in gold on a ground of blue and green, with faint scrolling in black. Some seven- to nine-line initials are supplied in interlocked red and blue, with that on [a2r] having pen-work infill and extensions into the margins in faded black ink. Two- to eight-line initials are supplied in red or blue, occasionally with pen-work infill and extensions into the margins in faded black ink. Paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Running headlines in black ink in a contemporary hand.

Provenance: Justin, comte MacCarthy Reagh (1744-1811); sale (Paris, 1815), lot 733. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 298-9.

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