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Bod-Inc: A-475

Astesanus de Ast

Summa de casibus conscientiae.


Analysis of Content

[a1v] Bellatis, Bartholomeus de: [Letter addressed to] Marcus Barbus, titular Cardinal-priest of St Mark. Incipit: ‘[L]egenti sepe et memoria repetenti veterum instituta, reuerendissime pater . . .’

[a2r] Astesanus de Ast: [Letter addressed to] Cardinal Johannes Caietani de Ursinis. Incipit: ‘[R]euerendo in Christo patri et domino, domino Johanni Gaietano de vrbe, diuina prouidentia, dignissimo sacrosancte Romane ecclesie sancti Theodori diacono cardinali, frater Astexanus de Ast de ordine fratrum minorum, eius humilis seruus . . .’

[a2r] Caietani de Ursinis, Johannes: [Letter addressed to] Astesanus. Incipit: ‘[V]enerabili et religioso viro amico charissimo fratri Astexano de ciuitate Astensi ordinis fratrum minorum, Johannes miseratione diuina sancti Theodori diaconus cardinalis salutem . . .’

[a2r] 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.

[a2v] [List of contents of first book.]

[a3r] Astesanus de Ast: Summa de casibus conscientiae. Edited by Bartholomeus de Bellatis and Gometius de Ulixbona. 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.

[Y3r] [Alphabetical list of contents.] Incipit: ‘[C]onsequenter quia in aliquibus premissis capitulis siue titulis . . .’

[Z5r] [Table of titles of decretals.]

[bb2v] Astesanus [de Ast: Alphabetical index.] Incipit: ‘[C]upiens ego frater Astexanus, compilator huius summe, ad honorem dei utilitati . . .’

[cc5v] [Colophon, with information about editors.]


Imprint: Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 11 May 1482. Folio.


Collation: [a8 b–d6 e–g8 h–m6 n–p8 q–x6 y z A8 B–F6 G8 H I6 K L8 M–S6 T8 V6 X8 Y Z aa–cc6].


ISTC: ia01170000

GW: GW 2758;

Hain: H *1897;

Goff: Goff A‑1170;

BMC: BMC II 423;

Proctor: Pr 2020;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑802; Oates 998-9; Rhodes 178; Sack, Freiburg, 322; Sheppard 1479-80.

LCN: 13979048


Copy number: A-475(1)

Sheet [f4.5] misbound within sheet [F3.4].

Binding: Contemporary French (Lyons?) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards. Formerly chained: chain holes at the tail of the upper cover. On each cover, fillets form a double intersecting frame. Within the outer frame, a large rosette stamp. Within the second frame, a repeated stamp of lozenges containing flowers. The inner panel is divided by fillets into three rectangular compartments, the outer two with a repeated half-circle and flower stamp, the middle compartment with a shield stamp of a fess between three trefoils, for which see below; for the non-heraldic stamps see Gid I, pl. 83, who ascribes to Lyons. For a binding with the same stamp of lozenges containing flowers and with the shield stamp, see Broxb. 18.6. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Rebacked.

Size: 352 × 245 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 338 × 227 mm.

Occasional early marginal notes.

On [a3r] a 20-line initial ‘D' is supplied in blue with white tracery and edging; in the area defined by the letter is a floral arrangement of red flowers, brown stems, and green leaves, all on a gold background, with pen-strokes in black; the whole initial on a maroon ground, with gold tracery. By a French hand, with decoration similar to that in The George Abrams Collection, Sotheby's, 16-17 Nov. 1989, lot nos 47 (Albrecht von Eyb, Margarita poetica I. Paris: Ulrich Gering, 20 Nov. 1478), 50 (Robert Gaguin, Compendium de origine et gestis Francorum. Paris: Thielman Kerver for Durand Gerlier and Jean Petit, 13 Jan. 1500), and 119 (Publius Terentius Afer, Comœdiæ. Strasbourg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, 11 Feb. 1499). In lower margin, painted coat of arms (see below).

Provenance: D'Argillière family; coat of arms: or, a fess gules, between three trefoils slipped of the second; the same coat of arms is found in Broxb. 18.6, Bernhard von Breydenbach, Peregrinatio in terram sanctam (Speier, 1502); for the coat of arms see Henri Jougla de Morenas, Grand armorial de France, 6 vols and supplement (Paris, 1934-52), I 226. Antonius de Estiennes, Sept. 1569; inscription on pastedown. The copy mentioned in the Benefactors' Register I 25, bought with money given in 1601 by George Shirley (1559-1622). See James, Catalogus (1605), 6; Jensen, ‘Benefactors' Register', no. 50.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: A 6. 10 Th. (James); A 6. 9 Th.; Auct. 1Q Plut 4.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 1.3.

Copy number: A-475(2)

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf, with leather index tabs.

Size: 360 × 250 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 343 × 227 mm.

On [a2r] an eight-line initial ‘R' is supplied in interlocked red and blue; other two- to seven-line initials, and paragraph marks are supplied in red or occasionally in blue. Initial strokes in red. Title added on lower edge in a contemporary hand, in black ink.

Provenance: Purchased for £0. 4. 0; see Books Purchased (1861), 4.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 3Q 4.12.

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