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Bod-Inc: B-067

Bartholomaeus Anglicus

De proprietatibus rerum [English] (trans. John Trevisa).


Analysis of Content

A1v [Poem.] Incipit: ‘In nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti Amen. Assit principio sancta Maria meo. [C]rosse was made all of red | In the begynnyng of my boke'; 24 lines of verse. On the Properties of Things. John Trevisa's translation of Bartholomaeus Anglicus, De Proprietatibus Rerum. A Critical Text, ed. M. C. Seymour and others, 3 vols (Oxford, 1975-88), I 40. On the whole work see also S. E. Holbrook, ‘A Medieval Scientific Encyclopedia ‘Renewed by Godly Printing': Wynkyn de Worde's English De proprietatibus rerum’, Early Science and Medicine, 3 (1998), 119-56. On the manuscript used for this edition see Ford, ‘Author's Autograph', no. 28.

A2r ‘Prologue of the translatour'. Incipit: ‘[T]rue it is, that after the noble and experte doctryne of wyse and well lernyd philosophers . . .’

A3r Bartholomaeus [Anglicus]: De proprietatibus rerum. ‘Liber primus'.’ On the Properties of Things, ed. Seymour, I 44-58 (abridged and paraphrased, see note on 40).

A5r ‘Table'.

b1r Bartholomaeus [Anglicus]: De proprietatibus rerum. ‘Liber secundus'.’ On the Properties of Things, ed. Seymour, I 59-687, II 689-1397.

oo3v [Colophon.]

oo4r ‘Thyse ben the Auctours that ben allegdyd in thyse sorsayd(!) bokes'.

oo4v ‘Prohemium Bartholomei de proprietatibus rerum'. Incipit: ‘[E]ternall lawde to god grettest of myght'; 12 strophes of 7 lines each.

oo5v ‘L'enuoy'. Incipit: ‘Ye that be nobly groundid all in grace'; 7 lines of verse. Identifying John Tate as the maker of the paper used for this edition; see H. R. Plomer, Wynkyn de Worde and his Contemporaries (London, 1925), 55-6.


Imprint: [Westminster]: Wynkyn de Worde, [c.1496]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated by BMC; Sheppard dates [1495], GW [c.1495].


Collation: A6 B8 b6 c–z8 [et]6 [con] 2A–V8 X–Z6 aa–cc8 dd–gg6 hh II kk–mm8 nn4 oo6.

Illustrations: 19 woodcuts: see BMC.


ISTC: ib00143000

GW: GW 3414;

Hain: HC 2520;

Goff: Goff B‑143;


Proctor: Pr 9725;

Others: Duff 40; Oates 4144; Sheppard 7433-6; STC 1536.

LCN: 13956810, 13956849, 13956891


Copy number: B-067(1)

Note on endleaf in a nineteenth-century hand: ‘This copy was made perfect out of three old copies, which were in their original bindings . . .' Leaf oo6 is cut out and mounted.

Wanting A6, D1 and mm8.

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century English gold-tooled russia; marbled pastedowns; stamped ‘C. Combe M. D.' (cancelled by over-stamping).

Size: 312 × 222 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 205 mm.

On oo4r a medical recipe in an early English hand, incipit: ‘A medysen for the wallynge of the stone . . .', the same on oo5r.

Provenance: On A1r: ‘Liber [obliterated] Cancellar'' in an early hand. Thomas Bartholomew (fifteenth/sixteenth century); on L4v: ‘Thomas Barthelme' in an early hand. Robert Elyott (†1498); on M5r: ‘Thys is Robarte Elyotte hys boke and soo forth' in a fifteenth-century hand. John Franklin (seventeenth/eighteenth century); name on B8v in a seventeenth/eighteenth-century hand. Charles Combe (1743-1817); stamp on upper cover. Richard Heber (1773-1833); stamp; see Catalogue, 3 (1834), lot 4139. Purchased for £16. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 11.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 2.22.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G c.3.

Copy number: B-067(2)

Wanting A1.6 and oo6.

Leaves A2, 3, 4 are bound after B8. bb1 and bb8 transposed.

Binding: Old English reversed calf.

Size: 292 × 212 × 94 mm.

Size of leaf: 286 × 200 mm.

Provenance: Acquired by 1843; see Catalogus (1843), III 153.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 2.13.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.27.

Copy number: B-067(3)

Bound in a guard-book of fragments.

Leaf c5 only.

Size of fragment: 229 × 163 mm.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834). Bequeathed in 1834.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Douce Frag. 13.b.

SHELFMARK: Inc. c. E7.1(10).

Copy number: B-067(4)

Bound in a guard-book of fragments.

Leaf T4 only.

Size of fragment: 261 × 186 mm.

Provenance: Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755); evidence of shelfmark. Presumably bequeathed in 1755.

SHELFMARK: Fol. Rawl. 1(4).

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