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Bod-Inc: B-616

Burlaeus, Gualtherus

De vita et moribus philosophorum [revised edition].


Analysis of Content

a2r [Burlaeus, Gualtherus]: De vita et moribus philosophorum. Incipit: ‘[D]e vita et moribus philosophorum veterum tractaturus, multa que ab antiquis auctoribus in diuersis libris de ipsorum gestis . . .’ See B‑608.

n4r ‘Tabula'.


Imprint: [Southern Netherlands? (Antwerp or Louvain?): Printer of the ‘Mensa philosophica', c.1487]; 4°.

Remarks: Polain assigns to the [Printer of the ‘Oraison du S. Esprit']. Both presses have yet to be conclusively located: see HPT I 74-5, BMC IX 210-11, and Dennis E. Rhodes and Lotte Hellinga, ‘Cornelius de Zyrickzee and his Practice of Reissuing Incunables from Other Presses', Quaerendo, 9 (1975), 143-8.


Collation: a–o8.


ISTC: ib01325500

GW: GW 5792;

Hain: C 1387;

Goff: Goff, Supplement, B‑1325a;

BMC: BMC IX 211;

Others: Campbell–Kronenberg 388a; CIBN B‑935; HPT II 457; ILC 493; Oates 4015-17; Sheppard 7274.

LCN: 13985082


Copy number: B-616(1)

Wanting the blank leaves a1 and o8.

Part of signatures of a2-4 erased.

Binding: Nineteenth-century panelled calf; marbled pastedowns and gilt-edged leaves. The gold stamp of the arms of the Society of Writers to the Signet on each cover. Both covers detached.

Size: 190 × 130 × 15 mm.

Size of leaf: 185 × 121 mm.

Early marginal annotations.

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: Louvain, Brabant, Jesuit College; inscription on a2r: ‘Coll. Soctis. Jesu Louanij'. Edinburgh, Signet Library; armorial stamp on covers; not found in [J. P. Edmond], Catalogue of Early Printed Books in the Library of the Society of Writers to His Majesty's Signet (Edinburgh, 1906). Purchased at sale, Catalogue of a Selection from the Signet Library . . . the Fourth Portion (London: Sotheby's, 11 Apr. 1960), lot 1104; see ‘Notable Accession: Printed Books', BLR 6,6 (1961), 666.

SHELFMARK: Inc. e. N99.2.

Copy number: B-616(2)

Wanting the blank leaf a1.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled leather over bevelled wooden boards; re-backed. Title of the work in gilt on the spine.

Size: 209 × 145 × 32 mm.

Size of leaf: 200 × 138 mm.

Provenance: Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); note on the recto of the front endleaf; Elenchus, no. 722. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. K 9.24.

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