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Bod-Inc: B-057

Barlaam et Josaphat


Analysis of Content

a2r Barlaam et Josaphat. Incipit: ‘[C]um cepissent monasteria construi ac monachorum congregari multitudines . . .’ Version II (BHL 979) of the Medieval Latin legend, see Jean Sonet, Le roman de Barlaam et Josaphat. Recherches sur la tradition manuscrite latine et française, 2 vols (Namur and Paris, 1949), I 74-88. On the erroneous ascription to Georgius Trapezuntius see also Ernst Kuhn, ‘Barlaam und Joasaph. Eine bibliographisch-literargeschichtliche Studie', Abhandlungen der philosophisch-philologischen Classe der königlich bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 20 (1897), 1-88, at 55.


Imprint: [Speier: Printer of ‘Gesta Christi', c.1472-3]. Folio.


Collation: a–f8 G8 h8 I8 k6.


ISTC: ib00125000

GW: GW 3396;

Hain: HC (+ Addenda) *5914;

Goff: Goff B‑125;

BMC: BMC II 483;

Proctor: Pr 2319;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑87; CIBN B‑91; Oates 1105; Sack, Freiburg, 456; Sheppard 1683.

LCN: 14484903


Copy number: B-057(1)

Readings on k6v not as BMC, but as CIBN (erroneously referring to h6v).

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 297 × 219 × 23 mm.

Size of leaf: 287 × 202 mm.

A few early marginal notes; on a8r a correction and an addition to the text in the red ink of the rubricator; also on b7r; on G2v the rubricator changes a supplied initial ‘E' to a correct ‘P'; also intelinear corrections in the rubricator's hand.

On a2r a six-line initial ‘C' is supplied in interlocked blue and red. Other initials are supplied in red or blue, some with reserved white decoration; red capital strokes and underlining.

Provenance: Joseph Niesert (1766-1841); inscription on a1v dated 1816; sale (1843), lot 13679. Purchased for £1. 12. 0; see Books Purchased (1843), 15.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. 6Q 6.[ ].

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 3.45.

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