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Boethius, Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus

De consolatione philosophiae [Dutch and Latin].


Analysis of Content

a2r ‘De tafele'.

a2r ‘De prologhe'. Incipit: ‘[A]llen ende sonderlinghe goeder duechdeliker . . .’

a4r Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae [Latin]. See B‑382.

a4r Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae [Dutch]. Incipit: ‘[V]an vreudgem screet ic wilen eer . . .’ See Gédéon Huet, ‘La première édition de la Consolation de Boèce en néerlandais', Mélanges Julien Havet (Paris, 1895), 561-9, at 561-2; Palmer, ‘Latin and Vernacular', in Boethius, ed. Gibson, 371; Mariken Goris and Wilma Wissink, ‘The Medieval Dutch Tradition of Boethius' Consolatio’, in Boethius in the Middle Ages: Latin and Vernacular Traditions of the ‘Consolatio Philosophiae’, ed. Maarten J. F. M. Hoenen and Lodi Nauta, Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters, 58 (Leiden, New York, Cologne, 1997), 121-65, at 122, 125-7, 138-65, with the translation and contents discussed on 140-4; Mariken Goris, ‘Boethius' Consolatio Philosophiae and the Early Printing Tradition', in The Bookshop of the World: The Role of the Low Countries in the Book-Trade 1473-1941, ed. Lotte Hellinga, Alastair Duke, Jacob Harskamp and Theo Hermans (’t Goy-Houten, 2001), 49-54.

a4r [Commentary on De consolatione philosophiae.] Incipit: ‘[T]er eeren ende loue ons heeren Ihesu Christi . . .’ See Huet, ‘La première édition de la Consolation’, 567-9, and Goris and Wissink 145-53.


Imprint: Ghent: Arend de Keysere, 3 May 1485. Folio.


Collation: a b6 a–z [et] A–K M M–R8 S T6 V8.


ISTC: ib00812000

GW: GW 4574 (Anm.);

Hain: HC 3400;

Goff: Goff B‑812;

BMC: BMC IX 206;

Proctor: Pr 9461;

Others: Boekdrukkunst (1973), 160; Campbell 322; CIBN B‑593; Hillard 437; HPT II 443; ILC 420; Machiels, Arend de Keysere, 42-5, no. 16; Machiels, Boekdrukkunst, no. 19; Oates 400-4; Sheppard 7261-2.

LCN: 13959597, 13959642


Copy number: B-402(1)

Wanting the blank leaves a1 and V8.

Binding: Eighteenth-century Netherlandish or French(?) mottled calf, with gold-tooled spine and marbled pastedowns; for watermarks on endleaves see Churchill, Watermarks, 542.

Size: 365 × 270 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 358 × 251 mm.

Occasional early marginal annotations.

Initials are supplied in interlocked red and blue, or in red. Foliation numbers are supplied in red. Some ruling in crayon, presumably in preparation for the addition of illustrations.

Provenance: Palick(?) Backert (fl. c.1500); inscription written twice on t7r: ‘Van Palick Backert'. Samuel Weller Singer (1783-1858); perhaps purchased by him in 1824 for £2. 12. 6: price in pencil on front endleaf, and note on front endleaf ‘C P May 22d 1824', in same hand as bibliographical note signed ‘W[eller] S[inger]'; his sale (20 Feb. 1860), lot 1084. Purchased for £9. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1860), 12.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 2.39.

Copy number: B-402(2)

Wanting the blank leaves a1, a1 and V8.

Wanting the two-line heading on a2r: see Campbell 322 note and GW 4574 (Anm.), reproduced in Jan Willem Holtrop, Monuments typographiques des Pays-Bas au quinzième siècle (The Hague, 1868), 114 (100) b (with the heading), c (without the heading). Gatherings a and1 b, containing the table, bound at the end.

Binding: Eighteenth-century sprinkled calf. Engraving by L. Duval, of an unnamed eighteenth-century man pasted on the front pastedown.

Size: 377 × 295 × 72 mm.

Size of leaf: 362 × 267 mm.

On a2r a 12-line initial ‘A' is supplied in blue with red pen-work infill and extensions into the margins. Initials are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Cutting from a bookseller's catalogue in French. ‘280 frs' in ink on inside of the upper cover. Purchased from Payne and Foss, Catalogue of Printed Books and Manuscripts in Various Languages (London, 1837), no. 4651, for £2. 12. 6; see Books Purchased (1837), 5, and Library Bills (1827-8), no. 44.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q inf. 1.49.

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