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Bod-Inc: B-014

Balbus, Johannes



Analysis of Content

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


Imprint: [Cologne: Ludwig von Renchen, c.1485]. Folio.

Remarks: As assigned by Sheppard, who notes that the type, the measurement of type-area, and the watermarks agree with those of Alexander Carpentarius, Destructorium vitiorum, which is assigned to [Renchen] [Bod-inc. A‑166]; GW and CIBN assign to [Strasbourg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger].


Collation: a10 b–i8 k6 l8 m6 n–p8 q6 r–x8 y6 A B8 C6 D–G8 H10 I–O8 P6 Q–S8 T–X6 aa bb8 cc dd6 ee8 ff–hh6 ii10.


ISTC: ib00027000

GW: GW 3190;

Goff: Goff B‑27;

Proctor: Pr 432;

Others: CIBN B‑19; Rhodes 247; Sheppard 951.

LCN: 13956374


Copy number: B-014(1)

Wanting the blank leaf ii10.

Binding: Contemporary Netherlandish (Schwenke–Schunke–Rabenau 4-5, ‘Antwerp, Wappenmeister') blind-tooled calf covers inlaid in nineteenth-century russia; stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; upper board detached. Of the old covers, only the inner frame and rectangle survive, a lozenge-shaped central compartment has been cut out: on both covers triple fillets form a frame; the inner rectangle is divided by triple fillets into lozenge-shaped compartments. In the compartments three different stamps: a square stamp with a stag (Schwenke–Schunke 140, no. 26(?)), a round rosette stamp, and a lozenge-shaped stamp with a double-headed eagle (Schwenke–Schunke 16, no. 388); in the frame small rectangular stamps showing two dragons entwined(?).

Size: 403 × 295 × 85 mm.

Size of leaf: 382 × 270 mm.

Initials are supplied in red, occasionally with reserved white decoration; paragraph marks are supplied in red.

Provenance: Sir Thomas Chester (sixteenth century). George Harris (sixteenth century); on a1r: ‘Syr Thomas caster'; ‘Ab eo dono datus est Georgio Harris', both in sixteenth-century hands. Robert Burton (1577-1640); name on a1r. Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1640 by Robert Burton; see Kiessling, Robert Burton, no. 83.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: J 3.12 Jur.; F 2.5 Jur.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 1.13.

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