Analysis of Content
[a2r] Hieronymus: [Letter addressed to] Paulinus. Pref. no. 1.
[a4r] [Gn–II Par.] Preceded by Jerome's preface.
[q3r] [I–II Esr.] Preceded by Jerome's preface.
[r1v] [III–IV Esr.]
[s6r] [Tb–Est.] Preceded by Jerome's preface.
[t8r] [Iob.] [`Prologus secundus', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 3; preceded by the Prologus sancti Hieronymi in libro Iob and followed by Iob.
[v6r] [Ps (G).] [`Liber ymnorum vel soliloquiorum', supplied by the rubricator.] Preceded by the first of Jerome's prefaces only.
[z8r] [Ecl.] [`Prologus in Ecclesiasten', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 6, followed by Ecl.
[F8v] [Bar.] [`Prefatio in librum Baruth', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 10; followed by Bar.
[K8v] Hieronymus: [`Prologus . . . in libros Machabeorum', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 31, followed by I–II Mcc.
[N1v] [Mt.] [`Argumentum in euuangelium secundum Matheum', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 34; preceded by Jerome's prologue and followed by Mt.
[O6r] [Mc.] [`Prologus in euuangelium secundum Marcum', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 36, followed by Mc.
[P3r] Hieronymus: [`Prefatio . . . in euuangelium secundum Lucam', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 37, followed by Lc, where verses 1-4 are called ‘Prohemium'.
[Q5r] [Io.] [`Prologus in euuangelium secundum Iohannem', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 38, followed by Io.
[R3v] [Hieronymus]: [`Prefatio . . . in omnes epistolas sancti Pauli ad Romanos', supplied by the rubricator.]
[R4r] [`Prologus specialis in epistolam ad Romanos', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 39.
[R4v] [Rm–Hbr.] Rm–Hbr, each letter preceded by an ‘argumentum' (some entitled ‘prologus' by the rubricator).
[T8r] Hieronymus: [`Prefacio . . . in librum Actuum apostolorum', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 42, followed by Act.
[V9v] [Iac–Iud.] [`Prologus in epistolas canonicas', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 44, followed by Iac–Iud, each letter preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
[X4v] [Apc.] [`Prologus in Apocalipsim', supplied by the rubricator.] Pref. no. 50, followed by Apc.
Imprint: [Strasbourg: The R‑Printer (Johann Mentelin and Adolf Rusch), c.1473]. Folio.
Remarks: As dated by Paul Needham in The Estelle Doheny Collection, I lot 16 (Christie's: 22 Oct. 1987), and Needham, Schøyen, lot 6; the former dating to [not after 1470] was first questioned by Scholderer, Fifty Essays, 153-4; see also Needham, ‘The Text', 55, where he notes that this edition was copied from Mentelin's edition of [not after 1461] (Bod-inc. B‑238).
Collation: [a–l10 m8 n–v10 x y8 z10 A–L10 M N6 O–X10]. Collation as GW, not as BMC.
GW: GW 4209;
Hain: HC *3034;
Goff: Goff B‑534;
BMC: BMC I 60;
Proctor: Pr 234;
Others: BSB‑Ink B‑414; CIBN B‑371; Hillard 373; Oates 92-3; Sheppard 210.
Copy number: B-244(1)
Bound in two volumes (Gn–Ps and Prv–Apc), originally bound together.
Binding: Eighteenth-century French gold-tooled red calf; by Nicolas-Denis Derome (le jeune), with the binder's ticket dated 1785, in use 1785-9; endleaves watermarked 1782; see Barber, ‘Baroque to Neoclassicism', no. 34: ‘Seven panel spine, corner decoration, flower centres with dotted lozenge'; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.
Size: 416 × 280 × 53 and 416 × 285 × 50 mm.
Size of leaf: 400 × 264 mm.
Occasional marginal notes, some of them early. Marginal notes in vol. 2 washed out. Manuscript signatures.
On [a2r] a ten-line initial is supplied in gold, with pen-flourishing in red and beige extending into the inner margin. Red headings, paragraph marks, and underlining. A later, probably nineteenth-century hand supplied initials in gold on red or blue and added ‘Finis' in gold, surrounded by a floral ornament in blue and gold, on [X10r].
Provenance: Cardinal Étienne Charles de Loménie de Brienne(?) (1727-1794): possibly the copy described by Laire, Index, 1 (1791), 100, 101. Not in Notitia (1795). Date of acquisition unknown; the shelfmark suggests a date before 1821; certainly in the Library by 1843: see Catalogus (1843), I 254.
SHELFMARK: Auct. M 1.12,13.
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