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[a2r] Hieronymus: [Letter addressed to] Paulinus. ‘Prologus in Bibliam'. Pref. no. 1. On this edition see also Denise Hillard, ‘Les éditions de la Bible en France au xve siècle', in La Bible imprimée dans l'Europe moderne, ed. Bertram Eugene Schwarzbach (Paris, 1999), 68-82, at 68-71.
[a4r] [Gn–II Par.]
[s1r] [I–II Esr.] II Esr also entitled ‘Neemias'.
[s10v] [III–IV Esr.]
[x10v] ‘Prologus in Job secundum Hebraicum'. [Also known as Alius prologus.] Pref. no. 3; preceded by ‘Prologus in Iob'.
[y1r] [Iob–Ps (G)]. Ps (G) preceded by the first of Jerome's prologues only.
[B9r] ‘Prologus' [to Ecl]. Pref. no. 6.
[B9v] [Ecl–Lam.] Wanting the prologue to Ier. Slight variations at the beginning, with ‘[E]t factum est postquam in captiuitate . . .' added to Lam.
[I7r] ‘Prefatio' [to Bar]. Pref. no. 10.
[M8r] [Os–Mal.] Preceded by ‘Prologus in librum duodecim prophetarum'.
[O3r] Hieronymus: ‘Prologus' [to Mcc]. Pref. no. 31.
[O3r] [I–II Mcc.]
[Q4v] [Mt.] Preceded by ‘Epistola beati Hieronymi ad Damasum Papam in quatuor Euangelistas', and an ‘argumentum'.
[R6v] ‘Prologus' [to Mc]. Pref. no. 36.
[S4r] Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio' [to Lc]. Pref. no. 37.
[S4v] [Lc.] Verses 1-4 here called ‘Prohemium'.
[T7v] ‘Prologus' [to Io]. Incipit: ‘[H]ic est [I]ohannes euangelista . . .’ Pref. no. 38.
[V7v] ‘Prologus' [to Rm]. Pref. no. 39; preceded by ‘Prefatio sancti Hieronymi in omnes epistolas sancti Pauli'.
[V8r] [Rm–Hbr.] Each letter is preceded by ‘argumentum', those before I–II Cor and Gal entitled ‘Prologus' in this edition.
[Z5r] Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio' [to Act]. Pref. no. 42.
[Z5r] ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 43; in this edition it appears as part of the ‘Prefatio' above.
[aa8r] ‘Prologus' [to Canonical Epistles]. Pref. no. 44.
[aa8r] [Iac–Iud.] Each letter preceded by ‘argumentum'.
[bb4r] ‘Prologus'. [In other editions entitled ‘Alius prologus']. Pref. no. 50.
[bb10r] [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Me duce carpe viam, qui celum ascendere gestis | Unde orior, deus est qui me descendere iussit'; 15 hexameters. Copinger, Incunabula Biblica, 70.
[bb10r] [Verse colophon]. Incipit: ‘Iam tribus vndecimus lustris Francos Ludouicus | Rexerat; Vlricus Martinus itemque Michael'; 5 hexameters. Copinger, Incunabula Biblica, 70.
A1r [Langton, Stephen]: ‘Interpretationes hebraicorum nominum'. Pref. no. 65.
Imprint: Paris: Ulrich Gering, Martin Crantz, and Michael Friburger, [between 22 July 1476 and 21 July 1477]. Folio.
Collation: [a–y10 z A12 B–Z aa bb] 2A B10 C8.
GW: GW 4225;
Hain: HC 3058;
Goff: Goff B‑550;
BMC: BMC VIII 8;
Proctor: Pr 7845;
Others: CIBN B‑379; Copinger, Incunabula Biblica, 30; Darlow–Moule 910; Oates 2871; Sheppard 6091.
Copy number: B-259(1)
Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [C8].
Bound in two volumes.
Binding: Nineteenth-century French gold-tooled red morocco, by Bozérian the younger; the spine gold-tooled, gilt-edged leaves, and marbled pastedowns.
Size: Both volumes: 392 × 287 × 50 mm.
Size of leaf: 371 × 256–261 mm.
Now Auct. M 2.15*, but previously loosely inserted, is a copy of the letter from John Taylor (1704-1766), Registrary of the University of Cambridge, dated 20 Dec. 1740, relating to the forged date of the copy in the Cambridge University Library: see Oates p. 19; on Taylor, briefly Librarian of Cambridge University Library, see David J. McKitterick, Cambridge University Library: A History: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Cambridge, 1986), passim. Many marginal notes washed out, but occasional annotations still visible.
Contemporary French decoration, partly unfinished. On [a2r] of vol. 1, a seven-line initial ‘F' is supplied in gold. On [a5r] of vol. 1, a six-line initial ‘I' is supplied in reserved white on faded gold ground, with border decoration of black pen-work, gold leaves, and faded leafy scrolls in left margin, and partially filling head and lower margins; two red berries in lower margin. Other initials are supplied in red or faded blue or interlocked red and blue. Paragraph marks are supplied in red. Running titles supplied in red or red and blue in volume one, irregularly in black ink in a contemporary hand in volume two. Capitals touched with yellow wash. In volume two, the text is enclosed within double red rules. Irregular foliation in black ink.
Provenance: Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate with handwritten shelfmark ‘E.g.6': see Lee, Royal Bookplates, 41 no. 24; sale, pt I, lot 725. Purchased for £35. 10. 0; see Books Purchased (1844), 6, where the date is given as 1475.
SHELFMARK: Auct. M 2.14,15.
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