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AA1v Brunus, Gabriel: Tabula alphabetica. Revised version. Pref. no. 52.
BB1r ‘Ad diuinarum litterarum verarumque diuitiarum amatores exhortatio'. Pref. no. 64.
BB1v ‘In summarium Biblie ad lectorem tetrastichon'. The beginning of pref. no. 63 (2 elegiac distichs).
BB1v ‘In ordinem librorum distichon ad eundem'. Incipit: ‘Perspice nunc, lector, quis debitus ordo librorum | Biblia quos sociat, ordinat atque probat'; 1 distich.
BB1v ‘Librorum ordo'. Pref. no. 61b.
BB2r ‘Summarium'. Incipit: ‘Librorum totius Sacre Scripture in Biblia comprehense . . .’
BB4v ‘Sanctus Hieronymus interpres biblie'. Incipit: ‘Simachus atque Theodotion vel septuaginta | Addo aquilam et quorum nomina lata patent'; 4 elegiac distichs.
a1r Hieronymus: [Letter addressed to] Paulinus. ‘Epistola beati Hieronymi ad Paulinum presbyterum de omnibus diuine historie libris'. Pref. no. 1.
a3v [Gn–IV Rg.] Most books preceded by Jerome's preface; Ios also preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
r8r Hieronymus: ‘Alius prologus' [to I–II Par]. Pref. no. 2; preceded by ‘Prefatio sancti Hieronimi in librum Dabreiamin, qui est Paralipomenon'. Slight variations in the incipit of the first preface to I–II Par.
r8r [I–II Par.]
v6v [I–II Esr.] Preceded by Jerome's preface.
x7v [III–IV Esr.]
A6r [Tb–Est.] Preceded by Jerome's preface.
C3r [Iob.] ‘Alius prologus in Iob'. Pref. no. 3; preceded by the Prologus sancti Hieronymi in libro Iob and followed by an ‘argumentum' and Iob.
D4r [Ps (G).] ‘Liber hymnorum vel soliloquiorum'. Preceded by the first of Jerome's prefaces only.
G2r ‘Prologus' [to Prv]. Pref. no. 4; preceded by ‘Epistola sancti Hieronymi presbyteri ad Chromatium et Heliodorum episcopos de libris Salomonis'.
G2r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 5.
H1v Hieronymus: [Ecl.] ‘Prologus . . . in librum Ecclesiasten'. Pref. no. 6, followed by Ecl.
H5v ‘Prologus in librum Sapientie'. Pref. no. 7.
H5v [Sap–Is.] Is preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
N3r Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio in Hieremiam prophetam'. Pref. no. 8.
N3r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 9; preceded by ‘Prologus'.
N3r [Ier–Lam.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
Q1r [Bar.] ‘Prefatio in librum Baruch prophete'. Pref. no. 10; followed by Bar.
T5v ‘Alius prologus' [to Twelve Prophets]. Pref. no. 11; preceded by ‘Prologus in librum duodecim prophetarum'.
T5v ‘Prologus in librum Osee prophete'. Pref. no. 12.
T5v [Os.] preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
T8r ‘Prologus in Johel prophetam'. Pref. no. 13.
T8r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 15.
T8v [Ioel.] preceded by an ‘argumentum' (pref. no. 14).
U1v ‘Prologus in Amos prophetam'. Pref. no. 17.
U1v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 18.
U1v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 19.
U3v ‘Prologus in Abdiam prophetam'. Pref. no. 20; preceded by an ‘argumentum'. Here not followed by ‘Alius prologus', incipit: ‘[H]ebrei hunc dicunt esse . . .’
U4r ‘Prologus in Jonam prophetam'. Pref. no. 21.
U4v [Abd.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
U5r ‘Prologus in Micheam prophetam'. Pref. no. 23.
U5r [Mi.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
U6v ‘Prologus in Naum prophetam'. Pref. no. 24.
U7r [Na.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
U7v ‘Prologus in Abachuc prophetam'. Pref. no. 25.
U8r [Hab.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
U8v ‘Prologus in Sophoniam prophetam'. Pref. no. 26.
X1r [So]. Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
X1v ‘Prologus in Aggeum prophetam'. Pref. no. 27.
X2r [Agg.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
X2v ‘Prologus in Zachariam prophetam'. Pref. no. 28.
X3r [Za.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
X5v ‘Prologus in Malachiam prophetam'. Pref. no. 29.
X6r [Mal.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
X7r Hieronymus: ‘Prologus . . . in libros Machabeorum'. Pref. no. 31.
X7r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 32, followed by I–II Mcc.
Aa2v ‘Alius prologus' [to Four Evangelists]. Pref. no. 33; preceded by ‘Epistola beati Hieronymi ad Damasum Papam in quattuor euangelistas'.
Aa3r ‘Prologus in Mattheum'. Pref. no. 35.
Aa3r ‘Argumentum in euangelium secundum Matheum'. Pref. no. 34.
Aa3r ‘Registrum in euangelium Matthei'.
Bb7r Hieronymus: ‘Prologus . . . in euangelium secundum Marcum'. Pref. no. 36.
Bb7v ‘Registrum in euangelium Marci'.
Cc7r Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio . . . in euangelium secundum Lucam'. Pref. no. 37.
Cc7r ‘Registrum in Lucam'.
Ee4v ‘Prologus in euangelium secundum Iohannem'. Pref. no. 38.
Ee4v ‘Registrum in euangelium Johannis'.
Ff6r Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio . . . in omnes epistolas sancti Pauli'.
Ff6v ‘Prologus specialis in epistolam ad Romanos'. Pref. no. 39.
Ff7r [Rm.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
Gg3v ‘Prologus in primam epistolam ad Corinthios'. Pref. no. 40.
Gg3v [I Cor.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
Gg8r ‘Prologus in secundam epistolam ad Corinthios'. Pref. no. 41.
Gg8v [II Cor.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
Hh3v [Gal–Hbr.] Each letter is preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
Ji8v Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio . . . in librum Actuum apostolorum'. Pref. no. 42.
Ji8v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 43, followed by Act.
Ll4v ‘Prologus in septem epistolas canonicas'. Pref. no. 44.
Ll4v [Iac–Iud.] Each letter preceded by an ‘argumentum'.
Mm2r [Gilbertus Pictaviensis]: ‘Prologus in Apocalypsim beati Johannis apostoli'. Pref. no. 49.
Mm2v [Apc.] ‘Alius prologus in Apocalypsim'. Pref. no. 50, followed by an ‘argumentum' and Apc.
Mm8r [Poem in praise of the book.] Quentin 83.
2A2r [Langton, Stephen]: ‘Interpretationes nominum hebraicorum'. Pref. no. 65.
2E8r ‘Translatores Biblie'. Pref. no. 53.
Imprint: Basel: Johann Froben, 27 Oct. 1495. 8°.
Collation: AA8 BB4 a–y A–Z Aa–Mm 2A–E8.
Illustrations: Woodcut on BB4v depicting ‘Sanctus Hieronymus interpres biblie', see Hieronymus, Buchillustration, no. 90.
GW: GW 4275;
Hain: HC *3118;
Goff: Goff B‑598;
BMC: BMC III 791;
Proctor: Pr 7760;
Others: BSB‑Ink B‑474; Hillard 397; Oates 2840; Rhodes 356; Sack, Freiburg, 651-3; Schramm XXII p. 46; Schreiber V 3470; Sheppard 2543-4.
Copy number: B-306(1)
The colophon reads: ‘Hāmelburgk'.
Binding: Contemporary English panelled calf over wooden boards, remains of two metal catches on the lower cover. Spine and the lower cover damaged. On both covers triple fillets form a frame; the inner rectangle is filled with two impressions of the panel stamp ‘Ecce homo'; see Oldham, Blind Panels, 32, pl. xxxvi, Rel. 11.
Size: 170 × 122 × 80 mm.
Size of leaf: 157 × 103 mm.
Former parchment pastedowns, now raised, the one in front from a thirteenth-century manuscript psalter, the one at the end from a thirteenth-century manuscript of a grammatical work with marginal notes and glosses in English in a sixteenth-century hand.
Late eighteenth-century calculations of the age of the Bible on Mm8v. Notes, some in English, on the back endleaf.
Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red.
Provenance: Richard Moore (sixteenth/seventeenth century); on2 E8v: ‘Richard moores boke' and below ‘Ex dono [presbiteri] Ric[har]d More'. John Evans (fl. 1673-1674) and Thomas Evans (seventeenth century?); on BB4v: ‘John Evans May ye 31st 1674', similar inscriptions dated 1674 and 1673 respectively on J1r and2 E8v; on A1r: ‘Thomas Evan his hand and [pen]', similar inscription on P4r. Thomas Williams (late seventeenth century); inside the upper cover, under former pastedown, inscription: ‘Thomas Williams'. William Thomas (fl. 1701); on2 A1r: ‘William Thomas his book September the 21 1701'. Humphrey and James Larwill (fl. 1766); on the back endleaf, ‘Humphry Larwill April the 3 1766'; on AA1r: ‘James Larwill [His] Hand May the 1 1768'. Other names scribbled in the book; see D1r. Purchased in 1940.
SHELFMARK: Inc. f. GS2.1495.1.
Copy number: B-306(2)
The colophon reads: ‘Hamelburgk'.
Wanting gatherings AA and BB (the title-leaf and table), also a1.8, y1, Q8, Aa1, D1,7,8, E1-8, and the blank leaf A1; H5 is mutilated; y8 is bound in place of y1, K8 before K1.
Binding: Old parchment over pasteboards, both boards covered in marbled paper; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. No. ‘30' on spine.
Size: 161 × 115 × 60 mm.
Size of leaf: 153 × 102 mm.
Copious early marginal notes in English hands; a few in English. On Mm8v a note about Mount Syon and its allegorical meanings: ‘Syon. Sion mons est in Hierusalem et sepe ponitur pro ipsa ciuitate . . .'; beneath, a note in a different hand ‘Be holde and consyder the sonne [and] the beames that come from yt'.
Provenance: Thomas Stephens (sixteenth century); name on Kk4v. On Mm8v: ‘A T W K R B' in an early hand. In view of the former shelfmark possibly Thomas Barlow (1607-1691); perhaps bequeathed in 1691.
Former Bodleian shelfmark: 8° O.30 Linc.
SHELFMARK: Auct. M inf. 1.16.
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