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Bod-Inc: B-076

Bartholomaeus de Chaimis



Analysis of Content

[a2r] Bartholomaeus de Chaimis: [Introduction to] Confessionale. ‘Interrogatorium'. Incipit: ‘[C]um ars artium sit regimen animarum, Extra. De etate et qualitate ‘Cum sit' . . .’ See B‑075.

[a3r] Bartholomaeus de Chaimis: Confessionale. ‘Interrogatorium'. Incipit: ‘[C]irca primum notandum quod non sacerdos etsi possit audire peccata confitentis in articulo mortis . . .’

[r5v] Anselmus [Cantuariensis pseudo-]: Interrogationes faciendae infirmo morienti. Incipit: ‘[P]rimo interrogari debet, si credit omnia que sunt fidei Cristiane, et respondeat . . .’

[r5v] [Concluding verse.] Incipit: ‘Si quem peniteat scelerum culpamque fateri | Aures clauigeri presulis ante velit'; 11 elegiac distichs. See B‑075.


Imprint: [Strasbourg: Printer of Henricus Ariminensis (Georg Reyser?), not before Oct. 1474]. Folio.

Remarks: Polain dates [c.1475], but this is corrected by Ohly. Sheppard dates to [after 29 Sept. 1474], which is the date of Valdarfer's Milan edition, the verse colophon of which appears unaltered in this edition.


Collation: [a10 b–f8 g10 h–q8 r6].


ISTC: ib00153500

GW: GW 6542;

Hain: H *2478;

Goff: Goff B‑155;

BMC: BMC I 79;

Proctor: Pr 307;

Others: BSB‑Ink C‑245; Oates 127; Ohly, ‘Reyser', 13; Sack, Freiburg, 976; Sheppard 246-7.

LCN: 14837010


Copy number: B-076(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [a1].

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with remains of clasp. Quadruple fillets form a frame; on the upper cover a repeated octagonal floral stamp and a repeated shield stamp, bearing the coat of arms of a chevron between three stars (see also Schoeffer's device); and on the lower cover the shield stamp and a repeated lozenge-shaped stamp, now too worn for identification. The inner rectangle on the upper cover is divided into triangular compartments by quadruple fillets forming a saltire cross, in which is a repeated lozenge-shaped stamp, now too worn to be identified; on the lower cover a saltire cross is formed by the octagonal floral stamp, repeated. In the triangular compartments, on both covers is the shield stamp. Manuscript label on spine.

Size: 285 × 215 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 276 × 200 mm.

Early marginal notes and underlining in black ink.

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: An early price-mark: ‘iii s/ vi d', on pastedown. Gengenbach, Baden-Württemberg, Benedictines, SS. Maria et Martinus; cancelled inscription with date 1622, on [a2r]: ‘Monasterii Gengenbachensis 1622. sub R[everen]do D[omi]no Joan[ne] Abb[ate]', Johannes Demlerus Friburgensis (†1626). Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; ‘Dupl' in tail left-hand corner of the upper cover. Purchased for £2. 8. 0; see Books Purchased (1861), 12, where it is attributed to [Strasbourg: Valdarfer, 1474] and is described as a 4°.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 5.29.

Copy number: B-076(2)

Wanting the blank leaf [a1].

Leaf [r6] backed.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco. On both covers triple fillets form a border; double fillets on edges of boards; fern-tip flower and foliage roll on turn-ins; floral tools on spine; marbled pastedowns; gilt-edged leaves.

Size: 297 × 220 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 287 × 200 mm.

Initials are supplied in red or green, often with extensions into the margins, and pen-work infill and extensions in black or red, sometimes touched with yellow. Paragraph marks are supplied in red. Capitals touched with yellow wash.

Provenance: Georgius de Brixia (fl. 1461); inscription and monogram on [r6r]: ‘hoc confessionale comparavi teste signo meo manuali ego Georgius de Brixia Venetiis an[no] d[omi]ni mcccclxxi(!)'. John Bellingham Inglis (1780-1870); sale, lot 405. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate; bibliographical notes in Douce's hand attached to endleaf. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 228.

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