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Bod-Inc: B-019

Balbus, Johannes



Analysis of Content

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


Imprint: Venice: Johannes Hamman, for Petrus Liechtenstein, 28 Feb. 1497/8? Folio.


Collation: a–x8 y6 A–I L–P8 Q–S6 T8.

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.


ISTC: ib00034000

GW: GW 3203;

Hain: H *2266;

Goff: Goff B‑34;

BMC: BMC V 427;

Proctor: Pr 5199;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑20; Sack, Freiburg, 430; Sheppard 4156.

LCN: 13956339


Copy number: B-019(1)

Binding: Contemporary German (Cologne, Kyriß workshop no. 96) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, two clasps lost; rebacked. On both covers fillets form a double frame; the inner rectangle is divided by fillets into lozenge-shaped compartments. In the compartments are two different lozenge-shaped stamps in alternating rows: a stamp of the Virgin and Child and a fleur-de-lis stamp; in the frame a big round rosette stamp; for the stamps see Kyriß pl. 195, nos 1, 2, and 5. Despite reservations expressed by Sheppard, the presence of a Venetian-printed book in Cologne does not seem improbable.

Size: 342 × 230 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 326 × 210 mm.

Four leaves of an early fourteenth-century manuscript containing a portion of book I of a Latin treatise on surgery (de corpore humano) removed from the binding, now MS. Lat. misc. c.17, fols 11-14.

On a2r an eight-line initial is supplied in blue with reserved white decoration and pen-flourishing in red. Initials are supplied in red or blue; paragraph marks are supplied in red, red capital strokes and underlining.

Provenance: Buxheim, Bavaria, Carthusians, BVM; on a2r: ‘Carthusiæ Buxheim' and stamp; Graf von Ostein, 1803. Sold in 1883 by Graf Hugo von Waldbott-Bassenheim (1820-1895); Buxheim sale, lot 3337. Purchased by Falconer Madan for the Bodleian in 1884 for 6 Marks; see Library Bills, 19 Feb. 1884; see also Honemann, ‘Buxheim Collection', Bod3.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 3Q 4.19.

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