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Auctoritates Aristotelis


Analysis of Content

[a1r] ‘Prologus compendii autoritatum philosophi et quorundam aliorum.’ Les Auctoritates Aristotelis. Un florilège médiéval. Étude historique et édition critique, ed. Jacqueline Hamesse, Philosophes médiévaux, 17 (Louvain and Paris, 1974), 111-14. On authorship see Les Auctoritates Aristotelis, ed. Hamesse, 38-43, which suggests an ascription to Marsilius de Padua; on the textual transmission see pp. 44-104.

[a2r] ‘Auctoritates philosophi id est amatoris sapientie.’ Les Auctoritates Aristotelis, ed. Hamesse, 115-334. See also Jean-François Gilmont, ‘Édition critique et support du texte: à propos des Auctoritates Aristotelis', Scriptorium, 31 (1977), 283-94. Includes excerpts from the Metaphysica, Physica, De caelo et mundo, De generatione et corruptione, Meteorologica, De anima, De sensu et sensato, De memoria et reminiscentia, De somno et vigilia, De longitudine et brevitate vitae, De iuventute et senectute, De respiratione et inspiratione, De vita et morte, De motibus animalium, De animalibus, De substantia orbis, De causis, Ethica ad Nicomachum, De bona fortuna, Oeconomica, Politica, Rhetorica, Poetica, Rhetorica ad Alexandrum, Secretum secretorum and De pomo ascribed to Aristotle, from Ad Lucilium, De moribus, Formula vitae honestae and De beneficiis ascribed to Seneca, from Boethius, De consolatione philosophiae and De disciplina scholarium, from Plato, Timaeus, from Apuleius, De Deo Socratis, from Porphyrius, Isagoge, from Aristotle, De decem praedicamentis and Perihermenias, from Gilbertus Porretanus, De sex principiis and from Aristotle, Analytica, Topica and De sophisticis elenchis. With ascriptions in headings.

[h5v] [Concluding note.] Les Auctoritates Aristotelis, ed. Hamesse, 334-5.


Imprint: [Lübeck: Printer of Fliscus (Lucas Brandis?), c.1480]. Folio.

Remarks: Les Auctoritates Aristotelis, ed. Hamesse, 67-9 dates [after 1487], claiming that this edition is based on the edition from Cologne: Johann Guldenschaff, 1487 (GW 2808).


Collation: [a10 b–f8 g h6].


ISTC: ia01184700

GW: GW 2806;

Proctor: Pr 2615;

Others: Sheppard 1896.

LCN: 14339643


Copy number: A-487(1)

Bound with:
2. Conradus de Alemania, Responsorium curiosorum. Lübeck: [Lucas Brandis], 1476 (C‑431).

Binding: Contemporary north German blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, two clasps lost; rebacked. On the upper cover, triple fillets form a triple frame. Within the outer frame is a repeated rectangular stamp with a foliate ornament; within the second frame a repeated round rosette stamp; the inner rectangle is divided by vertical fillets into two compartments in which is a repeated rectangular stamp with a rosette surrounded by strapwork. On the lower cover triple fillets form a double frame; within the outer frame, is the rosette stamp from the upper cover; the inner rectangle is divided by horizontal fillets into three compartments, the middle compartment is divided by diagonal fillets into lozenge-shaped compartments. In the upper and lower compartment, a lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis stamp alternates with a small round floral stamp; in the central compartment at some points of intersection, the round floral stamp.

Size: 303 × 220 × 56 mm.

Size of leaf: 289 × 201 mm.

Front pastedown and endleaf consisting of a notarial instrument on parchment drawn up by Heyso Dransfeld ‘clericus Maguntinensis diocesis, publicus imperiali auctoritate orator', reciting a papal letter appointing judge-delegates to hear a complaint of Henricus [de Wangelin], Bishop of Schwerin (1419-29), dated 7 Oct. 1421. Back pastedown, now raised, consisting of a parchment copy of a letter by Pope Martin V (1417-31) drawn up by Bertoldus ‘prepositus ecclesie Lubicensis' [Lübeck], ‘decretorum doctor', and Johannes Brunonis ‘canonicus ecclesie Uthinensis' [Eutin].

Signatures are supplied in red ink. On the verso of the front endleaf, ‘Subdelegatio karolinarum' and ‘Bermensis episcopi' in a fifteenth-century hand.

On [a2r] a six-line initial ‘O' is supplied in blue with pen-work decoration in the area defined by the letter and extending into the margin; other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; red capital strokes and underlining.

Provenance: Heinrich Colman (†1481); on the endleaf following item 2, ‘Liber d[omini] et magistri Hinrici Colman canonici Lubicensis qui obiit anno domini Mcccclxxxi in die commemoracionis sancti Pauli quem frater suus dominus Petrus dedit conuentui nostro'. On [a1r] a deleted inscription ‘Monasterij D . . .' in a seventeenth-century hand; on the same page ‘Hi libri sunt Joannis de Westphalia' in an eighteenth-century hand. George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); anonymous duplicate sale (20 Dec. 1798), lot 122: ‘Mense Philosophice et responsorii curiosorum. inital colorat. Lubec, MCCCCLXXVI.' Probably purchased by Francis Douce for £1. 2. 0, according to annotation in Douce's copy of the catalogue, marked ‘D.' Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 253(1).

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