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Bod-Inc: B-392

Boethius, Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus

De consolatione philosophiae.


Analysis of Content

Part I.

[a2r] ‘Tabula'.

[b1r] Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae. See B‑382.

Part II.

[f2r] Thomas Aquinas [pseudo-: Preface to commentary on De consolatione philosophiae.] See B‑382.

[f4r] Thomas Aquinas [pseudo-: Commentary on De consolatione philosophiae.] See B‑382.


Imprint: Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 12 Nov. 1476. Folio.


Collation: Part I: [a6 b8 c10 d e8]; part II: [f–l10 m6 n o10 p8 q6].

Remarks: Sheppard collates as Polain, not as BMC or GW.


ISTC: ib00771000

GW: GW 4526;

Hain: HC *3370;

Goff: Goff B‑771;

BMC: BMC II 413;

Proctor: Pr 1971;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑596; CIBN B‑561; Polain 725; Sheppard 1431-3.

LCN: 13961624


Copy number: B-392(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1], [e7], and [q6].

Binding: Seventeenth/eighteenth-century gold and blind-tooled calf; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 400 × 290 × 44 mm.

Size of leaf: 392 × 266 mm.

Marginal and interlinear notes in both black ink and pencil.

On [b1r] a six-line initial ‘C' is supplied in gold, with red decoration and edging, on a grey ground with foliate scrolling defined in white, and with a foliate border extension into the margin and guttering, in green, grey, blue, pink, and red, with gold dotting; also a two-line initial ‘H' is supplied in gold on a pink ground decorated with red. On [f2r] an eight-line initial ‘P' is supplied in interlocked red and blue, with brown and green pen-work infill, decoration, and extensions into the margin and guttering. Other initials, some with extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Capital strokes in red. Foliation in black ink.

Provenance: Richard Furney (†1753); bequeathed by Furney in 1755.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 1.15.

Copy number: B-392(2)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1], [e7], [m6], and [q6].

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century gold-tooled calf; marbled pastedowns and fore-edges; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 384 × 285 × 44 mm.

Size of leaf: 370 × 272 mm.

On [b1r] a six-line initial ‘C' and on [f2r] an eight-line initial ‘P', are both supplied in blue, with reserved white decoration, and with red pen-work infill and extensions into the guttering; other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: George Mason (1735-1806); sale (20 Jan. 1807); purchased by Heber for £0. 17. 6; inscription in Heber's hand on front endleaf. Richard Heber (1773-1833); see Catalogue, 9 (1836), lot 455. Purchased for £1. 17. 0; see Books Purchased (1836), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 1.13.

Copy number: B-392(3)

Bound with:
1. Isidorus Hispalensis, Etymologiae. [Strasbourg: Johann Mentelin, c.1473] (I‑036(2)).

Wanting the blank leaves [e8], [f1], [m6], and [q6]; also [q5]; [a1] mutilated.

Binding: Nineteenth-century English calf, re-using an older spine, with the stamp of University College, Oxford, in gold on the upper cover. As the decoration of the two parts is similar, and as marginal notes written in the same hand appear in both parts, it is almost certain that they were travelling together from soon after 1476.

Size: 424 × 299 × 62 mm.

Size of leaf: 408 × 260 mm.

Early marginal notes, some in the hand of the ‘Tournai purchase inscription' (see below), which perhaps also wrote marginal notes in item 1, others in a second, contemporary hand, perhaps the one that wrote one of the two ‘England repent' notes. Below these two notes, on [a1r], in a sixteenth-century(?) hand: ‘England repent or else thou wilt relent'.

Principal initials are supplied in interlocked red and blue, with pen-work infill and decoration and extensions into the margins in red and blue; other initials, some with extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Underlining in red. Capitals touched with yellow wash.

Provenance: Franciscus [ ] (fifteenth/sixteenth century); purchased at Tournai, for 1 golden florin; inscription in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand, on [a1r]: ‘Emptus Tornaci. precio flor.' aur.' a Francisco'. Humphrey Mattingley (b. 1571/2); given by him to University College, Oxford in 1590: inscription on [a2r] of item 1: ‘Liber Collegii Magnæ Aulæ Vniuersitatis Oxon' ex dono Humphredi Mattingley nuper eiusdem Collegii commensalis seu communarii Anno Domini 1590 Januarii 20'. University College; book-plate, with shelfmarks: ‘L.40.5.6' and ‘E.310.5'; ‘List of Rare Books', p. 3. Deposited in 1941 by the Master and Fellows of University College, Oxford.

SHELFMARK: Univ. Coll. b.2(2).

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