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Bod-Inc: B-012

Balbus, Johannes



Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Balbus], Johannes: Catholicon. Incipit: ‘[P]rosodia quedam pars grammatice nuncupatur, partes siquidem grammatice sunt quattuor . . .’


Imprint: [Strasbourg: The R‑Printer (Johann Mentelin and Adolf Rusch), c.1470]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated by GW and Sheppard.


Collation: [a–c10 d8 e10 f g6 h8 i–x10 y6 z A–E10 F8 G H10 I8 K6 L–P10 Q R8].


ISTC: ib00023000

GW: GW 3185;

Hain: HC *2251;

Goff: Goff B‑23;

BMC: BMC I 65;

Proctor: Pr 246;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑11; CIBN B‑16; Oates 102-3; Rhodes 246; Sheppard 211.

LCN: 13956424


Copy number: B-012(1)

Binding: Contemporary south German blind-tooled calf over bevelled wooden boards, remains of two metal clasps with the inscription ‘Aue Maria gracia'. On both covers triple fillets form a frame; the inner rectangle is filled with merrythoughts; in the compartments, three different floral stamps; see, for example, Schwenke–Schunke 69, no. 9 (Straubing); at each point of intersection, a small rosette stamp. In the frame, stamped scrolls with the inscription ‘Maria hilf'; see Schwenke–Schunke 291, no. 357 (Augsburg Hirsch am Zaun K 80). In the corners, a round stamp with a stag.

Size: 487 × 30 × 120 mm.

Size of leaf: 462 × 307 mm.

On front pastedown, the title of the book, a note, and the name of the owner in Greek characters. Deleted inscription under the colophon on [R7v].

On [a2r] a south German ten-line initial is supplied in blue with white highlighting on burnished gold grounds, the gilt with punch-dotting, within an intersected frame of red and light green; foliate extensions in the same palette with some gold-dotting into the inner and upper margins. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red.

Provenance: Burkhard von Horneck (c.1440-1522); on [h6r]: ‘Est burkardi de hornek'; on front pastedown, ’ βιρκαρτ φον ὁρνεκ δοκτορ &c'. Purchased from Payne and Foss for £21; see Library Bills (1828-9), no. 92 and Books Purchased (1829), 2.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. Y 2.6, Auct. Y 2.11.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q sub. fen. 1.10.

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