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


Analysis of Content

Volume 1.

Aa1r [Title-page.]

Aa2r Nicolaus de Lyra: ‘Prologus primus'. PL CXIII 25-30. See Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum, 5829 and Labrosse, ‘Œuvres', 159.

Aa2v Nicolaus de Lyra: ‘Prologus secundus'. PL CXIII 29-34. See Labrosse, ‘Œuvres', 159.

Aa3v [Guilelmus Brito]: ‘Expositio . . . super epistolas Sancti Hieronymi'. Incipit: ‘  “[F]rater Ambrosius”. Ad euidentiam huius epistole quam scribit Hieronymus ad Paulinum presbyterum . . .’

Aa4r [Guilelmus Brito: Postils on prologue of Hieronymus.] Incipit: ‘  “[F]rater Ambrosius”, etc. Istam litteram inueni in epistolis Hieronymi . . .’ See Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum, 2824.

Aa4r Hieronymus: [Letter addressed to] Paulinus the priest [ep. 53]. ‘Prologus in Bibliam'. Pref. no. 1.

Ab6v [Guilelmus Brito]: ‘Expositio . . . in prologum . . . in Pentateuchum'. Incipit: ‘  “[D]esiderii mei”. Istam epistolam scripsit Hieronymus . . .’ See Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum, 2825.

Ab6v [Prologue to Pentateuch.] ‘Prefatio . . . in Pentateuchum'.

Ab8r Paulus Burgensis: ‘Prologus in additiones'. PL CXIII 35-7.

Ab8v Paulus Burgensis: ‘Additio super vtrumque prologum'. PL CXIII 37-50.

Ac3r ‘Copia cuiusdam littereque contra determinationem predicte questionis a quodam magistro in sacra pagina de ordine minorum auctori additionum fuit missa'. PL CXIII 50-1.

Ac3r ‘Copia responsionis ad predictam epistolam'. PL CXIII 51-60.

Ac4v Doering, Matthias: ‘Prologus in replicas defensiuas postille fratris Nicolai de Lyra ab impugnationibus domini Burgensis'. PL CXIII 59-62.

Ac5r [Doering, Matthias]: ‘Replica contra quedam dicta Burgensis in questione perambula'. PL CXIII 60-2.

Ac5v Nicolaus de Lyra: [Postilla litteralis. Gn–Apc]. Commentary surrounds text in each book. Doering's corrections usually occur after Burgensis' additions.

Ac6r [Gn–IV Rg.] Ios preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

Cb8r ‘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.

Cc1r [I–II Par.]

Cg8r [OrMan.]

Volume 2.

Da1r [Title-page.]

Da2v [I–II Esr.] I Esr preceded by prologue. II Esr entitled ‘Neemias' in this edition.

Dc3v [III Esr.] III Esr entitled ‘II Esr' in this edition.

Dd4v [Tb–Est.] Each book preceded by a prologue.

Dg6r ‘Primus prologus' [to Iob]. [Also known as Alius prologus.] Pref. no. 3; preceded by ‘Prologus in Iob'. Unusually followed, rather than preceded, by ‘Prologus in Job'.

Dg8v [Iob–Ps (G)]. Iob preceded by an ‘argumentum'. Ps (G) preceded by the first of Jerome's prologues only.

Eh1v ‘Prologus' [to Prv]. Pref. no. 4; preceded by ‘Epistola sancti Hieronymi presbiteri ad Chromatium et Heliodorum episcopos, de libris Salomonis'.

Eh1v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 5.

Eh2r [Prv.]

Ek7v ‘Prologus' [to Ecl]. Pref. no. 6.

Ek8r [Ecl–Ct.]

Em8r ‘Prologus' [to Sap]. Pref. no. 7.

Em8r [Sap–Sir.]

Volume 3.

A1r [Title-page.]

A2v [Is.] Preceded by a prologue and an ‘argumentum'.

K3v Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio' [to Ier]. Pref. no. 8.

K4r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 9. Preceded by a ‘prologus'.

K5r [Ier.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

Q2v [Introduction to Lam.] Incipit: ‘[E]t factum est postquam in captiuitate . . .

Q2v [Lam.]

R1v ‘Prefatio' [to Bar]. Pref. no. 10.

R1v [Bar–Dn.]

EE7r ‘Alius prologus' [to Twelve Prophets]. Pref. no. 11; preceded by ‘Prologus in librum duodecim prophetarum' as in ed. Weber.

EE7r ‘Prologus' [to Os]. Pref. no. 12.

EE8r [Os.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

GG2v ‘Prologus' [to Ioel]. Pref. no. 13.

GG2v ‘Argumentum'. Pref. no. 14. In other editions entitled ‘Prologus'. In this edition, it includes ‘In hoc propheta . . .', pref. no. 15.

GG3r [Ioel.]

GG7r ‘Prologus' [to Am]. Pref. no. 17.

GG7r ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 18; in other editions called ‘Argumentum'.

GG7v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 19.

GG8r [Am.]

HH6r ‘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.

HH7r [Abd.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

HH8r ‘Prologus' [to Ion]. Pref. no. 21.

II1r [Ion.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

II2v ‘Prologus' [to Mi]. Pref. no. 23.

II3r [Mi.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

II7v ‘Prologus' [to Na]. Pref. no. 24. ‘Sciendum quoniam Niniue in nostra lingua . . .', which in other editions appears as a separate prologue, is here included in this prologue.

II8r [Na.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

KK2r ‘Prologus' [to Hab]. Pref. no. 25.

KK3r [Hab.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

KK6r ‘Prologus' [to So]. Pref. no. 26.

KK7r [So.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

LL1v ‘Prologus' [to Agg]. Pref. no. 27.

LL2v [Agg.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

LL4r ‘Prologus' [to Za]. Pref. no. 28.

LL4v [Za.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

MM7r ‘Prologus' [to Mal]. Pref. no. 29.

MM8r [Mal.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

NN3r Hieronymus: ‘Prologus' [to Mcc]. Pref. no. 31.

NN4r [I–II Mcc.]

Volume 4.

a3v ‘Alius prologus' [to Four Evangelists]. Pref. no. 33; preceded by ‘Epistola beati Hieronymi ad Damasum Papam in quatuor Euangelistas'.

a4r ‘Argumentum' [to Mt]. Pref. no. 34. In other editions entitled ‘Prologus'.

a4v ‘Prologus'. Pref. no. 35.

a5r [Mt.]

h4r [Hieronymus]: ‘Prologus' [to Mc]. Pref. no. 36.

h5v [Mc.]

k4v Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio' [to Lc]. Pref. no. 37.

k5v [Lc.] Verses 1-4 here called ‘Prohemium'.

o6v ‘Prologus' [to Io]. Pref. no. 38.

o7v [Io.]

v7r ‘Prologus' [to Rm]. Pref. no. 39; preceded by ‘Prefatio sancti Hieronymi in omnes epistolas sancti Pauli'.

v7v [Rm.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

z3v ‘Prologus' [to I Cor]. Pref. no. 40.

z3v [I Cor.] Preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

bb7r ‘Prologus' [to II Cor]. Pref. no. 41.

bb7v [II Cor–Hbr]. Each letter preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

ll5v Hieronymus: ‘Prefatio' [to Act]. Pref. no. 42.

ll5v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 43.

ll5v [Act.]

pp4r ‘Prologus' [to Canonical Epistles]. Pref. no. 44; followed by an ‘argumentum'.

pp4v [Iac–Iud.] Each book preceded by an ‘argumentum'.

rr8v [Gilbertus Pictaviensis]: ‘Prefatio' [to Apc]. Pref. no. 49.

ss1v ‘Alius prologus'. Pref. no. 50.

ss1v [Apc.]

xx1v [Colophon.]

xx2r Nicolaus de Lyra: ‘Pulcerrime questiones Judaicam perfidiam in catholica fide improbantes'. [Also known as Contra perfidiam Judaeorum and Probatio adventus Christi.] Incipit: ‘[P]rimo queritur vtrum ex scripturis receptis a Judeis posit efficaciter . . .’ See Labrosse, ‘Œuvres', 177-82, who lists other alternative titles on 177.

xx3v ‘Probatio incarnationis diuine persone'. Incipit: ‘[S]ecundum principale est probandum . . .’


Imprint: Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493. Folio.

Remarks: In four parts: (I–III) undated; (IV) 12 Apr. 1493.


Collation: Part I: Aa–Az Ba–Bz Ca–Cg8; part II: Da–Dz Ea–Es8 Et10; part III: A–Z AA–PP8 QQ6 RR8; part IV: a–z aa–xx8.

Illustrations: Woodcuts.


ISTC: ib00618000

GW: GW 4293;

Hain: HC *3170;

Goff: Goff B‑618;

BMC: BMC II 436;

Proctor: Pr 2083;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑469; Copinger, Incunabula Biblica, 98; Darlow–Moule 912; Gosselin 409, no. 39; Oates 1025; Sack, Freiburg, 670-1; Schramm XVII p. 9; Schreiber V 3475; Sheppard 1518-19.

LCN: 13910882, 13910955


Copy number: B-323(1)

Bound in four volumes.

Wanting Aa4 and the blank leaves RR8 and xx8.

Binding: All four volumes bound identically, for the Bodleian Library, in nineteenth-century calf, with tawed leather index tabs.

Size: Vol. 1: 360 × 245 × 83 mm; vol. 2: 360 × 245 × 70 mm; vol. 3: 360 × 245 × 70 mm; vol. 4: 360 × 245 × 83 mm.

Size of leaf: 347 × 223 mm.

Early marginal notes.

Principal initials at the beginning of each volume are supplied in blue, with foliate scrolling in white, on burnished gold ground, the gilt usually with punch-dotting, within a segmented frame of red, pale green, edged in yellow; in the frame, floral decoration supplied in red, green, blue, yellow, and pink, with dots in gold and, occasionally, in silver. Other initials, some with extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Some capital strokes in red. Rubrication dated ‘1494' on xx1v and xx7v.

Provenance: Largely erased inscription, on Da1r, A1r: ‘Pertinet ad Bibliothecam . . .', according to Sheppard possibly Augsburg, Bavaria, Benedictines, SS. Udalrichus et Afra, but too uncertain for transcription and the inscription does not follow the pattern of a book certainly owned by S. Georgius, B‑303(1). Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); see sale catalogue (1835), lot 724, which is marked in the Bodleian copy as being purchased for the Library, and appears to be the only evidence for the Kloß provenance. Purchased for £1. 10. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. M inf. 2.7-10.

Copy number: B-323(2)

Vol. 3 only.

Binding: Sixteenth-century German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with remains of leather clasps. The upper cover badly worn. On both covers fillets form concentric frames; the outer, a foliate roll, within this a frame, in which is a foliate staff with rosette and, within this, a frame in which is a roll containing heads over a floral background with names; in the inner frame, a repeated fleur-de-lis stamp, two small floral stamps, and a fleuron. In the inner rectangle, a lozenge-shaped centre-piece and four small fleur-de-lis stamps, one at each corner of the rectangle. ‘Nicolai de Lyra Postilla' on spine in faded black ink.

Size: 340 × 245 × 73 mm.

Size of leaf: 328 × 224 mm.

Early marginal notes, some in red.

Initials, some with extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Capital strokes and underlining in red. Some woodcuts are partially coloured in red.

Provenance: Heraldic book-plate on A1r: quarterly, 1 and 4, eagle dimidiated, 2 and 3, bust of a man wearing a pointed cap facing centre; crest, between wings, bust of man wearing pointed cap. Acquired between 1847 and c.1892; not found in Catalogus (1843), with Appendix.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 3.32.

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