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Bod-Inc: A-529

Augustinus Hipponensis

De civitate dei.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Mirifico poteris textos sermone libellos | Hosce opere precium perlegere hospes ades'; 12 elegiac distichs. See Walther, Initia, 11086.

a2r Augustinus: [Retractatio II,43.] ed. A. Mutzenbecher, CCSL 57 (1984), 124-5. See CPL 250.

a2r ‘Capitula libri primi.’ ed. B. Dombart and A. Kalb, CCSL 47 (1955), pp. v–vi, but lacking the ‘praefatio.’ Each book is preceded by ‘capitula', as in ed. Dombart–Kalb.

a3r Waleys, Thomas And Trevet, Nicolaus: [Prologue to Commentary on De civitate dei.] ‘Sacre pagine . . . Thome Valois et Nicolai Triveth in libros beati Augustini de ciuitate dei comentaria.’ Incipit: ‘  “[F]luminis impetus letificat ciuitatem dei”, Ps xlv [Ps 45,5]. Fons sapientie verbum dei residens in excelsis . . .’

a4r Augustinus: De civitate dei. ed. B. Dombart and A. Kalb, CCSL 47-8 (1955). See CPL 313.

a4r Waleys, Thomas: [Commentary on De civitate dei I.1–X.29.] Incipit: ‘  “[G]loriosissimam ciuitatem dei etc.”, In isto primo capitulo tangit beatus Augustinus duas culpas Romanorum . . .’

r8r Trevet, Nicolaus: [Commentary on De civitate dei X.29–XXII.30.] Incipit: ‘[P]redicas patrem etc. In hoc capitulo xxix . . . nos declarat Augustinus contra Porphirianos . . .’

O4r Amerbach, Johannes: [Valedictory verse to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Hoc opus exactum diuina arte Joannis | Amerbacensis, lector vbique legas'; 2 elegiac distichs. BMC III 752.

O4r [Colophon.]

O4v Trevet, Nicolaus: ‘Tabula.’


Imprint: Basel: Johann Amerbach, 13 Feb. 1489. Folio.


Collation: a10 b–o8 p–y A–K8.6 L–O6.8.

Illustrations: Woodcut on a1v: see Schramm XXI p. 26 and pl. 589, and Schreiber V, 3393.


ISTC: ia01243000

GW: GW 2887;

Hain: HC 2064;

Goff: Goff A‑1243;


Proctor: Pr 7578;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑861; Fiumi 19; Rhodes 197; Sack, Freiburg, 352; Schramm XXI p. 26 and pl. 589; Schreiber V, 3393; Sheppard 2426-7.

LCN: 13885216


Copy number: A-529(1)

Binding: Old parchment.

Size: 302 × 225 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 290 × 207 mm.

Pointing hands and ‘nota' marks in margins. On O4r manuscript mathematical table and diagrams.

Each book begins with initials which are supplied in interlocked red and blue, some with red pen-work infill and extensions into the margins. Thereafter, within each book, initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Utrecht, Carthusian convent; inscription on a1r: ‘hic liber est cartusiensium prope Traiectum inferius'. Joseph Niesert (1766-1841); inscription on a1r; sale (1843), lot 13745; sale number on spine. Purchased for £0. 12. 6; see Books Purchased (1843), 4.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q inf. 1.14.

Copy number: A-529(2)

Binding: Seventeenth/eighteenth-century half blue calf over blue pasteboards.

Size: 312 × 215 × 52 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 202 mm.

Occasional early marginal notes and underlining in black ink. On O8v biblical quotations in a contemporary hand: ‘Qui sitit veniat et bibat' [Io 7,37]; ‘Qui credit in me non morietur in eternum' [see Io 11,26]; ‘Qui habet aures audiendi audiat' [phrase in Mt 11,15; Mc 4,9; Lc 8,8; Apc 2,7 etc.]; ‘Qui timet deum faciet bona': not identified.

On a2r a ten-line initial ‘I' is supplied in interlocked red and blue, with reserved white decoration. Each book thereafter begins with an initial supplied in blue, with red pen-work infill and extensions into the margins. Within each book, initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Purchased for £2. 12. 0; see Books Purchased (1842), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q 3.36.

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