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Bod-Inc: B-399

Boethius, Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus

De consolatione philosophiae.


Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Title-page.]

[*1v] ‘Tabula'.

a1r Thomas Aquinas [pseudo-: Preface to commentary on De consolatione philosophiae.] See B‑382.

a3r Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae. See B‑382.

a3r Thomas Aquinas [pseudo-: Commentary on De consolatione philosophiae.] See B‑382.

D1r ‘Compendiosa succinctaque resumptio'. Incipit: ‘[P]rimus liber habet septem metra et sex prosas . . .’


Imprint: Deventer: Jacobus de Breda, 19 Mar. 1491. 4°.


Collation: [*]6 a8 b–r6 s4 t–z [et] A–D6.

Remarks: Third leaf only of gathering [*] numbered.


ISTC: ib00794000

GW: GW 4552;

Hain: C 1111;

Goff: Goff B‑794;


Proctor: Pr 9053;

Others: Campbell 313; CIBN B‑583; HPT II 412; ILC 418; Oates 3539; Polain 736; Rhodes 398; Sheppard 6968.

LCN: 13959665


Copy number: B-399(1)

Variant on D1r, l. 3: ‘ . . . conſoſolatione', as Polain, but not BMC.

Binding: Seventeenth-century(?) English calf, with double and triple gold-tooled fillets forming a border and a frame, decorated with a gold-tooled fleuron at each corner; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 210 × 150 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 202 × 138 mm.

Early marginal notes and pointing hands in black ink. On D6r–v an objection in English in a sixteenth-century hand, to Thomas Pounde's Six reasons of 1580, defending the authority of the Roman Catholic church with regard to the interpretation of scripture; cf. Robert Crowley, An aunswer to sixe reasons . . . London, 1581 (STC 6075).

Provenance: Thomas Bull (sixteenth century); signatures on [*]1r and note ‘pretium 3s -0'; perhaps to be identified with Thomas Bull (†1546). Jo[hn] Barber (sixteenth century); signature on [*]1r; perhaps to be identified with John Barber (Pryor) (†1549). Date of acquisition unknown; probably acquired after 1738; not in Fysher, Catalogus; although the shelfmark may indicate an earlier date of acquisition, it was possibly acquired after 1847 and before c.1892; not found in Catalogus (1843), with Appendix.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 5.10.

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