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Bod-Inc: B-013

Balbus, Johannes



Analysis of Content

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


Imprint: Venice: Hermannus Liechtenstein, 24 Sept. 1483. Folio.


Collation: a10 b–z8 [et] [con]6 A–T8 U6.


ISTC: ib00026000

GW: GW 3188;

Hain: HC *2257;

Goff: Goff B‑26;

BMC: BMC V 356;

Proctor: Pr 4785;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑14; CIBN B‑18; Oates 1884; Sheppard 3931-2.

LCN: 13956323


Copy number: B-013(1)

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century gold-tooled diced russia; marbled pastedowns; triple fillets form a border, within which a roll of cornucopiae, bucrania, lyres, and Aesculapian staffs; rebacked re-using old spine.

Size: 335 × 230 × 58 mm.

Size of leaf: 322 × 208 mm.

On a2r an eighteen-line initial is supplied in blue with pen-work infill and pen-flourishing in red and green; occasional initials are supplied in a similar style. Other initials are supplied in red or blue; paragraph marks are supplied in red; red capital strokes and underlining.

Provenance: Zutphen, Dominicans. Johannes de Herler (sixteenth century); ‘Conuentus zutphaniensis De libris fratris Johannis de herler' on a1r. Wilhelmus Goes (Willem van der Goes, 1611-1686); ‘Sum Wilelmi Goes' on a1r; sale (1687), part II, lot 21, sold for 2.8 guilders [in Bodleian's annotated copy of auction catalogue]. J. T. Hand (fl. 1834-1837), 1834; inscription on endleaf; sale (1837), lot 169. Purchased for £0. 7. 0; see Books Purchased (1837), 4.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 2.40.

Copy number: B-013(2)

Wanting the blank leaf a1.

Binding: Modern half parchment; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 314 × 223 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 302 × 196 mm.

On a2r an eighteen-line historiated initial is supplied in magenta with highlighting in white, depicting a monk holding a book, on a blue background with white highlighting and within a gold frame; foliate extensions into the inner margin in blue, green, and magenta with some gold-dotting. In gatherings a–h, other initials are supplied in red or blue with pen-flourishing in light blue and red. Paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Ripatransone, Marche, Oratorians; on a2r: ‘Congregationis Oratorii Ripani'. Paget Jackson Toynbee (1855-1932); book-plate; inscription ‘Rome 1898 21 frs. 50 c.’ Bequeathed in 1932.

SHELFMARK: Toynbee 3653.

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