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Bod-Inc: B-288

Biblia Latina


Analysis of Content

a1v ‘Biblia quem retinet sequitur sic metricus ordo'. Pref. 61a, with a number of variants from the edition [Basel: Johann Amerbach], 1479 (GW 4236; Bod-inc. B‑270).

a2r Hieronymus: [Letter addressed to] Paulinus. ‘Prologus in Bibliam'. Pref. no. 1.

a3v [Gn–IV Rg.] Ios preceded by ‘argumentum'.

o5v ‘Alius prologus' [to I–II Par]. Pref. no. 2; preceded by ‘Prefatio sancti Hieronymi in librum Dabreiamin, qui est Paralypomenon'. Slight variation in the incipit of the first preface to I–II Par.

o5v [I–II Par.]

q8r [OrMan.]

q8r [I–II Esr.] II Esr here entitled ‘Neemias'.

r7r [III–IV Esr.] III Esr here entitled ‘II Esr', IV Esr ‘III Esr'.

t3r [Tb–Est.]

v5v ‘Alius prologus' [to Iob]. Pref. no. 3; preceded by ‘Prologus in Iob'.

v6r [Iob–Ps (G)]. Iob preceded by ‘argumentum'. Ps (G) preceded by the first of Jerome's prologues only.

A1r ‘Prologus' [to Prv]. Pref. no. 4; preceded by ‘Epistola sancti Hieronymi presbiteri ad Chromatium et Heliodorum episcopos, de libris Salomonis'.

A1r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 5.

A1v [Prv.]

A7r ‘Prologus' [to Ecl]. Pref. no. 6.

A7v [Ecl–Ct.]

B2v ‘Prologus' [to Sap]. Pref. no. 7.

B2v [Sap–Is.] Is preceded by ‘argumentum'.

E8v Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio' [to Ier]. Pref. no. 8.

F1r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 9; preceded by ‘Prologus'.

F1r [Ier.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

H1r [Introduction to Lam.] Incipit: ‘[E]t factum est postquam in captiuitate . . .’

H1r [Lam.]

H2r ‘Prefatio' [to Bar]. Pref. no. 10.

H2r [Bar–Dn.]

L1r ‘Alius prologus' [to Twelve Prophets]. Pref. no. 11; preceded by ‘Prologus in librum duodecim prophetarum'.

L1r ‘Prologus' [to Os]. Pref. no. 12.

L1r [Os.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

L3r ‘Prologus' [to Ioel]. Pref. no. 13.

L3r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 15.

L3v [Ioel.] Preceded by ‘argumentum' (pref. no. 14).

L4r ‘Prologus' [to Am]. Pref. no. 17.

L4r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 18; in other editions called ‘Argumentum'.

L4v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 19.

L4v [Am.]

L6r ‘Prologus' [to Abd]. Pref. no. 20.

L6r [Abd.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

L6v ‘Prologus' [to Ion]. Pref. no. 21.

L6v [Abd.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

L7r ‘Prologus' [to Mi]. Pref. no. 23.

L7v [Mi.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

L8v ‘Prologus' [to Na]. Pref. no. 24.

L8v [Na.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

M1r ‘Prologus' [to Hab]. Pref. no. 25.

M1v [Hab.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

M2r ‘Prologus' [to So]. Pref. no. 26.

M2v [So.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

M3r ‘Prologus' [to Agg]. Pref. no. 27.

M3v [Agg.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

M3v ‘Prologus' [to Za]. Pref. no. 28.

M4r [Za.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

M6v ‘Prologus' [to Mal]. Pref. no. 29.

M6v [Mal.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

M7r Hieronymus: ‘Prologus' [to Mcc]. Pref. no. 31.

M7r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 32.

M7r [I–II Mcc.]

P1r ‘Alius prologus' [to Four Evangelists]. Pref. no. 33; preceded by ‘Epistola beati Hieronymi ad Damasum Papam in quatuor Euangelia'.

P1v ‘Prologus' [to Mt]. Pref. no. 35, followed by an ‘argumentum' (pref. no. 34).

P2r ‘Registrum in euangelium Matthei'.

P2v [Mt.]

Q4v ‘Prologus' [to Mc]. Pref. no. 36.

Q4v ‘Registrum in euangelium Marci'.

Q5r [Mc.]

R3v Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio' [to Lc]. Pref. no. 37.

R3v ‘Registrum in Lucam'.

R5r [Lc.] Verses 1-4 here called ‘Prohemium'.

S7r ‘Prologus' [to Io]. Pref. no. 38.

S7v ‘Registrum in euangelium Johannis'.

S8r [Io.]

T8r ‘Prologus' [to Rm]. Pref. no. 39; preceded by ‘Prefatio sancti Hieronymi in omnes epistolas sancti Pauli'.

T8r [Rm.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

V4r ‘Prologus' [to I Cor]. Pref. no. 40.

V4v [I Cor.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

V8r ‘Prologus' [to II Cor]. Pref. no. 41.

V8v [II Cor.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

X3r [Gal–Hbr.] Each letter preceded by ‘argumentum'.

Y7r Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio' [to Act]. Pref. no. 42.

Y7r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 43.

Y7r [Act.]

ZZ1v ‘Prologus' [to Canonical Epistles]. Pref. no. 44, followed by an ‘argumentum'.

ZZ1v [Iac–Iud.] Each letter preceded by ‘argumentum'.

ZZ6v [Gilbertus Pictaviensis]: ‘Prologus' [to Apc]. Pref. no. 49.

ZZ6v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 50.

ZZ7r [Apc.] Preceded by ‘argumentum'.

ZZ11v [Poem in praise of the book.] Pref. no. 60.

ZZ11v [Colophon.]

aa1r [Langton, Stephen]: ‘Interpretationes hebraicorum nominum'. Pref. no. 65.


Imprint: Venice: Johannes Herbort, de Seligenstadt, 30 Apr. 1484. 4°.


Collation: a b8 c12 d–g8 (h i)12 k–t8 v12 x y8 z2 A–N8 O6 P–Z8 ZZ12 aa–dd8.


ISTC: ib00580000

GW: GW 4255;

Hain: HC *3091;

Goff: Goff B‑580;

BMC: BMC V 304;

Proctor: Pr 4693;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑451; Copinger, Incunabula Biblica, 64; Oates 1859; Quentin 81; Sheppard 3754-5.

LCN: 13910520


Copy number: B-288(1)

Binding: Eighteenth-century quarter calf, with gold-tooled spine, and marbled paper boards. Occasional parchment index tabs. Upper board slightly loose.

Size: 240 × 180 × 53 mm.

Size of leaf: 232 × 166 mm.

Occasional marginal annotations. On a1v: ‘Tabula librorum Bibliæ', in a sixteenth-century hand.

On a2r a contemporary, probably French, fifteen-line initial ‘F' is supplied in red and gold, surrounded by a branch border, historiated with a seated figure of Jerome, on the left, dressed in gold, white with blue sleeves, and holding a book, with a lion at his feet, looking back at him. Behind Jerome is a background of blue, decorated with gold floral patterns; behind the lion, in front of two windows, is a lectern; through the left window gold rays of the sun shine onto Jerome; in the right window, a view of a city. To the right of the lion is a small golden table. On A1v an eight-line initial ‘P' is supplied in gold, with the stem in the form of a tree, and the lobe a beaked and winged creature, on a blue ground decorated with gold and edged in black, and with gold floral infill on a red ground. Other initials are supplied in red or blue, or interlocked red and blue. Paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Capitals touched with yellow wash. Pen-work border is supplied in red. Foliation in faded black ink. Both columns of text framed with double red rules.

Provenance: Limay, Ǐle-de-France, Celestines, S. Trinitas; inscriptions on dd8r in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand: ‘Hec Biblia est Celestinorum prope Meduntam. Sic signata 7', and on a2r in a seventeenth/eighteenth-century(?) hand: ‘Ex biblioteca Caelestinorum Meduntensium siue juxta Meduntam'. Purchased for £2. 2. 0; see Books Purchased (1833), 3.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Z 1.2.

Copy number: B-288(2)

Wanting dd8.

Binding: Seventeenth/eighteenth-century gold-tooled panelled calf; ‘Cambridge style'; a fern-tip roll forms a border within which is a sprinkled panel; a chain-roll forms a frame with floral tools at the corners, within which a tree calf panel; a cresting floral roll forms a frame within which an inner rectangular panel of sprinkled calf; marbled pastedowns and gilt-edged leaves. Rebacked.

Size: 230 × 175 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 221 × 155 mm.

Some marginal annotations and parts of the text crossed through in black ink. Manuscript table of incipits of the liturgical epistles and gospels on rear endleaves, in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand. Pen-trials on a1r.

On a2 a fifteen-line initial ‘F' is supplied in blue, with white decoration, on gold ground, edged in red, with floral infill in red and green, and containing the initials ‘MBP'. On a4r a nine-line initial ‘I' is supplied in gold on a red ground, with gold floral infill. Other initials are supplied in red or blue, or interlocked red and blue; paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Pen-work borders are supplied in red. Both columns of text framed with double red rules.

Provenance: E. W. Somerby (nineteenth century); signature on front pastedown. J. T. Hand (fl. 1834-1837); signature on front endleaf. Purchased at his sale (1837) lot 74, for £0. 15. 0; see Books Purchased (1837), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. M inf. 1.7.

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