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Biblia Latina cum postillis Nicolai de Lyra et expositionibus Guilelmi Britonis.


Analysis of Content

Volume 1.

a2r Nicolaus de Lyra: ‘Prologus primus'. PL CXIII 23-6. See Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum, 5829 and Labrosse, ‘Œuvres', 159.

a2v Nicolaus de Lyra: ‘Prologus secundus'. PL CXIII 29-34. See Labrosse, ‘Œuvres', 159.

a3v [Guilelmus Brito]: ‘In epistolas Hieronymi expositio'. Incipit: ‘  “[F]rater Ambrosius, etc.” Ad euidentiam huius epistole quam scribit Hieronimus ad Paulinum presbyterum . . .’

a4r [Guilelmus Brito: Postils on prologue of Hieronymus.] Incipit: ‘  “[F]rater Ambrosius”, etc. Istam litteram inueni in epistolis Hieronymi . . .’ See Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum, 2824.

a4r Hieronymus: [Letter addressed to] Paulinus the priest [ep. 53]. ‘Prologus in Bibliam'. Pref. no. 1.

b5v Nicolaus de Lyra [pseudo-; Guilelmus Brito]: Commentary on Hieronymus's prologue to Pentateuch.] Incipit: ‘  “[D]esiderii mei”. Istam epistolam scripsit Hieronymus . . .’ See Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum, 2825.

b5v Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio Hieronymi presbyteri in Pentatheum'.

b7r Paulus Burgensis: ‘Prologus in additiones'. PL CXIII 35-7.

b7v Paulus Burgensis: ‘Additio super vtrumque prologum'. PL CXIII 37-50.

c1v ‘Copia cuiusdam littereque contra determinationem predicte questionis a quodam magistro in sacra pagina de ordine minorum auctori additionum fuit missa'. PL CXIII 50-1.

c2r ‘Copia responsionis ad predictam epistolam'. PL CXIII 51-60.

c3r Doering, Matthias: ‘Prologus in replicas defensiuas postille fratris Nicolai de Lyra ab impugnationibus domini Burgensis'. PL CXIII 59-62.

c3v [Doering, Matthias]: ‘Replica contra quedam dicta Burgensis in questione perambula'. PL CXIII 60-2.

c4r Nicolaus de Lyra: [Postilla litteralis. Gn–Apc]. Incipit: ‘[I]n principio creauit deus, omissis diuisionibus curiosis . . .’ See Labrosse, ‘Œuvres', 157-75. Commentary surrounds text in each book.

c4v [Gn–IV Rg.] Ios preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

d2v Doering, Matthias: [Corrections to Paulus Burgensis' additions: Gn–Apc]. ‘Correctorium corruptorii Burgensis'. Incipit: ‘[P]ost prologum suum, Burgensis ad litteram accedens dicit . . .’ Doering's corrections occur after Burgensis' additions.

tt2r ‘Alius prologus' [to I–II Par]. Preceded by ‘Prefatio sancti Hieronymi in librum Dabreiamin, qui est Paralypomenon'. Slight variation in the incipit of the first preface to I–II Par.

tt-[3]r [I–II Par.]

zz-[9]r [OrMan.]

Volume 2.

Aa3r [I–II Esr.] II Esr entitled ‘Neemias' in this edition.

Cc1r [III Esr.] III Esr entitled ‘II Esr' in this edition. IV Esr omitted.

Cc8v [Tb–Est.]

Gg1r ‘Primus prologus' [to Iob].

Gg3v [Iob–Ps (G)]. Iob preceded by a ‘Prologus' and an ‘argumentum'. Ps (G) preceded by the first of Jerome's prologues only.

Eee2r ‘Prologus' [to Prv]. Pref. no. 4; preceded by ‘Epistola sancti Hieronymi presbiteri ad Chromatium et Heliodorum episcopos, de libris Salomonis'.

Eee2r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 5.

Eee2v [Prv.]

Ggg6r ‘Prologus' [to Ecl]. Pref. no. 6.

Ggg6v [Ecl–Ct.]

Iii4v ‘Prologus' [to Sap]. Pref. no. 7.

Iii5r [Sap–Sir.]

Volume 3.

A1r [Is.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

I1r Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio' [to Ier]. Pref. no. 8.

I1v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 9. Preceded by a ‘Prologus'.

I2r [Ier–Lam.] Ier preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

P1r ‘Prefatio' [to Bar]. Pref. no. 10.

P1r [Bar–Dn.]

CC1r ‘Alius prologus' [to Twelve Prophets]. Pref. no. 11; preceded by ‘Prologus in librum duodecim prophetarum'.

CC1r ‘Prologus' [to Os]. Pref. no. 12.

CC2r [Os.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

DD3v ‘Prologus' [to Ioel]. Pref. no. 13.

DD4r [Ioel.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

DD8r ‘Prologus' [to Am]. Pref. no. 17.

DD8r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 18; in other editions called ‘Argumentum'.

DD8v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 19.

EE1r [Am.]

EE6v ‘Prologus' [to Abd]. Pref. no. 20. The passage beginning ‘[H]ebrei hunc dicunt esse . . .' is not headed ‘Alius prologus', but forms part of this prologue.

EE7r [Abd.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

EE8v ‘Prologus' [to Ion]. Pref. no. 21.

FF1r [Ion.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

FF2v ‘Prologus' [to Mi]. Pref. no. 23.

FF3r [Mi.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

FF7r ‘Prologus' [to Na]. Pref. no. 24.

FF7v [Na.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

GG1r ‘Prologus' [to Hab]. Pref. no. 25.

GG2v [Hab.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

GG5v ‘Prologus' [to So]. Pref. no. 26.

GG6r [So.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

GG8r ‘Prologus' [to Agg]. Pref. no. 27.

HH1r [Agg.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

HH2r ‘Prologus' [to Za]. Pref. no. 28.

HH3r [Za.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

II3v ‘Prologus' [to Mal]. Pref. no. 29.

II4r [Mal.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

KK1r Hieronymus: ‘Prologus' [to Mcc]. Pref. no. 31.

KK1v [I–II Mcc.]

Volume 4.

2AA2r ‘Alius prologus' [to Four Evangelists]. Pref. no. 33; preceded by ‘Epistola beati Hieronymi ad Damasum Papam in quatuor Euangelia'.

2AA3r ‘Prologus' [to Mt]. Pref. no. 35; preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

2AA3v [Mt.]

2GG1r ‘Prologus' [to Mc]. Pref. no. 36.

2GG2r [Mc.]

2HH6v Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio' [to Lc]. Pref. no. 37.

2HH7r [Lc.] Verses 1-4 here called ‘Prohemium'.

2NN1r ‘Prologus' [to Io]. Pref. no. 38.

2NN2v [Io.]

TT1v ‘Prologus' [to Rm]. Pref. no. 39; preceded by ‘Prefatio sancti Hieronymi in omnes epistolas sancti Pauli'.

TT2r [Rm.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

XX3r ‘Prologus' [to I Cor]. Pref. no. 40.

XX3r [I Cor.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

ZZ4v ‘Prologus' [to II Cor]. Pref. no. 41.

ZZ4v [II Cor–Hbr]. Each letter preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

HHH1r Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio' [to Act]. Pref. no. 42.

HHH1r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 43.

HHH1v [Act.]

LLL4v ‘Prologus' [to Canonical Epistles]. Pref. no. 44; followed by an ‘argumentum'.

LLL5r [Iac–Iud.] Each letter preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

NNN6r [Gilbertus Pictaviensis]: ‘Prologus' [to Apc]. Pref. no. 49.

NNN7v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 50.

NNN8r [Apc.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

QQQ5r [Colophon, attributing commentary, additions, and corrections].

RRR1r Nicolaus de Lyra: ‘Libellus . . . in quo sunt pulcerrime questiones iudaicam perfidiam in catholica fide improbantes'. [Also known as Probatio adventus Christi.] Incipit: ‘[P]rimo queritur vtrum ex scripturis receptis a Judeis possit . . .’ See Labrosse, ‘Œuvres', 177-82, who lists other alternative titles on 177.

RRR2r ‘Probatio incarnationis diuine persone'. Incipit: ‘[S]ecundum principale est probandum . . .’


Imprint: [Lyons]: Johannes Siber, [after 7 May 1485, c.1488]. Folio.


Collation: Part I: a–z [et] aa–rr8 ſſ6 sstt6 tt–xx8 yy6 zz10; part II: Aa10 Bb–Ii8 Kk6 Ll10 Mm–Ss8 Tt6 Uv–Zz Aaa8 Bbb Ccc6 Ddd–Kkk8 Lll Mmm Nnn6 Ooo Ppp8 Qqq10; part III: A–R8 S T6 U X y zZ AA–HH8 II6 KK–NN8; part IV: AA–HH8 II–MM6 NN–PP8 QQ RR6 SS–ZZ AAA8 BBB10 CCC–PPP8 QQQ6 RRR8.

Remarks: Gathering Nnn6, not Nnn4+1 as GW; Nnn6 is a blank leaf.

Illustrations: 25 woodcuts.


ISTC: ib00615000

GW: GW 4290 (Anm.);

Hain: HC *3163; C 1036;

Goff: Goff B‑615;

Proctor: Pr 8542;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑454; Gosselin 27; Labrosse, ‘Œuvres', 156; Rhodes 366; Sack, Freiburg, 666-7; Sheppard 6601.

LCN: 13910940


Copy number: B-321(1)

Wanting the blank leaves, vol. 1: a1, r8, cc8, zz10; vol. 2: Aa1, Ff8, Qqq9-10; vol. 3: O8, BB8; vol. 4: SS8, BBB10, QQQ6, RRR7-8.

Impressions of inked type on Aa2, Qqq8, and the rear endleaf of vol. 2; the front endleaf, NN8 and the rear endleaf of vol. 3. Bound in four volumes.

Binding: Contemporary German (Nuremberg, Kyriß workshop no. 112) blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with metal clasps and catches (vol. 1: upper clasp only; vol. 2: no clasps; vols 3 and 4: both clasps). Central boss and corner-pieces on each cover lost. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of the lower cover of each volume. Contemporary manuscript label on the upper cover of each volume. Vol. 1: On the upper cover quadruple fillets form a frame, in which is a large rosette stamp (Kyriß pl. 225, no. 1), a foliate staff stamp (Kyriß pl. 225, no. 3), and a lozenge-shaped dragon stamp (Kyriß pl. 225, no. 2). Quadruple fillets form an inner rectangle, in which are repeated merrythoughts and a repeated fleuron stamp. On the lower cover quadruple fillets form a frame, in which are the rosette stamp and the foliate staff stamp. Quadruple fillets form an inner rectangle, further divided by quadruple fillets into triangular compartments, each containing the lozenge-shaped dragon stamp. Vol. 2: On the upper cover quadruple fillets form an outer frame, in which are the rosette stamp and the foliate staff stamp; further quadruple fillets form an inner frame, in which is the rosette stamp at each corner. Quadruple fillets form the inner rectangle, in which are the repeated merrythought stamp and the repeated fleuron. On the lower cover quadruple fillets form a frame, in which are the rosette stamp and the foliate staff stamp. The inner rectangle, formed by quadruple fillets, is further divided by quadruple fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments, in some of which is the rosette stamp, others with a small floral stamp. Vol. 3: on the upper cover quadruple fillets form an outer frame, in which are the rosette stamp and the foliate staff stamp; further quadruple fillets form an inner frame, decorated, at each corner, with the rosette stamp. The inner rectangle, formed by quadruple fillets, is divided by quadruple fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments, in which is a fleuron or a floral stamp. On the lower cover decoration as for the lower cover of vol. 1. Vol. 4: decoration on both covers as for vol. 1; lower clasp repaired.

Size: Vol. 1: 430 × 308 × 105 mm; vol. 2: 430 × 308 × 85 mm; vol. 3: 430 × 305 × 80 mm; vol. 4: 430 × 308 × 80 mm.

Size of leaf: 414–8 × 290–3 mm.

Occasional early marginal notes.

South German decoration. Principal initials at the beginning of each book are supplied in blue, red or green, on burnished gold grounds, the gilt with punch-dotting, the initials with decoration in white, yellow or black, within borders of red and green, or red, and with foliate extensions and borders in red, green, and blue. Other initials are supplied in red or blue, or interlocked red and blue, some with extensions into the margins. Paragraph marks are supplied in red and blue. Capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Bamberg, Bavaria, Franciscan friars assisting at the convent of the Poor Clares, S. Clara; inscriptions, in the same fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand, on a2r of vol. 1 and AA1r of vol. 4: ‘Iste liber pertinet ad domum fratrum apud sanctam Claram Bamberge'. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); bibliographical note, perhaps in Kloß's hand on front endleaf of each volume: not found in Kloß's sale catalogue. Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate with handwritten shelfmark ‘D.h.2': see Lee, Royal Bookplates, 41 no. 24; sale, pt I, lot 737. Purchased for £6; see Books Purchased (1844), 6.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Y 1.1-4.

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