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Bod-Inc: B-336

Biblia: Vetus Testamentum (Gn–Iob) [French]


Analysis of Content

a2r [Gn–Iob] [French]. ‘La Bible en francoys'. Incipit: ‘[A]u commencement, Dieu crea le ciel et la terre . . .’ The text is a paraphrase of the Historical Books of the Old Testament.

z1r [The seven ages of the world: ‘les sept âges du monde']. ‘Les eages'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uant Adam et Eue furent boutes hors de paradis . . .’

A1r ‘La table'.


Imprint: Paris: [Antoine Vérard, c.1488-9]. Folio.

Remarks: As assigned and dated by Sheppard; not Pellechet 2360, despite the handwritten identification in the reprint with Pr 7979 and Proctor's attribution to Guy Marchant.


Collation: a–d8 e6 f g8 h6 i8 k6 l–t8.8.6 v–z8.6 A4.

Types: Type: 112 B.

Leaves: 172 leaves, a2 -z5 numbered ii–clxvii, with errors.

Line number: 35 lines (a3r); two columns.

Type area: Type area: 195 ×133 mm (a3r).

Illustrations: Two woodcuts: on a1v Christ seated in majesty, holding in one hand a book with the inscription: ‘Ego alpha sum et o'; symbols of the Evangelists; beneath, a floriated cross; on z5v Crucifixion, with a floriated cross beneath: illustrated in Pierre Aquilon, ‘La Bible abrégée', Revue française d'histoire du livre, 2 (July–December, 1972), 167-8.


ISTC: ib00648750

GW: Not in GW;

Proctor: Pr 7979;

Others: Aquilon, ‘La Bible abrégée', 147-82, at 175-7; Paul Needham, ‘Two Unrecorded French-language Incunabula from the Press of Antoine Caillaut, with Additional Notes on his Printing before 1492', in Amelung, ‘Niederländische Inkunabeln', 339-62, at 349 no. C 31; Sheppard 6246-8; Bettye Thomas Chambers, Bibliography of French Bibles (Geneva, 1983), 12, no. 11.

LCN: 14002851


Copy number: B-336(1)

Wanting b4.5 and the, presumably, blank leaf z6.

Leaves k3 and k4 transposed; a1 partially repaired.

Binding: Nineteenth-century calf, bound for the Bodleian Library; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 285 × 210 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 271 × 187 mm.

Copious marginal annotations in a sixteenth-century hand, translating the text into Latin, and with some commentary. Numerous pen-trials and scribbles on front and back endleaves, including a horse on recto of back endleaf; ‘Sancta Barbara ora pro nobis' on recto of front endleaf; faces of creatures in the guttering of z5v.

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red.

Provenance: Jehan Dorin (fifteenth/sixteenth century); inscription on a1r (damaged): ‘Ce present liure apartient [a moy] Iehan Dorin quil | le trouuera si luy rendra [ ]'; signature and pen-trials repeated on endleaves. Simon Le Moyne (sixteenth century); signature below colophon. Other names, probably later: inscriptions on A4v: ‘Johanne Kyrby ys a false thefe so saythe Johanne Cannone and Thomas Wodrofe'; ‘Thomas Wodrofe ys a crityke so sayth George Hayse'; John Kirby; John Cannon; Thomas Wodrofe; George Hayse. Acquired by 1835; see Catalogus (1843), I 258.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Arch. A 154.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 3.20.

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