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Bod-Inc: C-410

Concilium Basiliense



Analysis of Content

a1r Brant, Sebastian: ‘Ad vrbem Basileam epigrama'. Incipit: ‘Concilii decreta tui Basilea videre'; 7 elegiac distichs.

a2r Brant, Sebastian: [Letter to] Johannes Antonius de Sancto Georgio. Incipit: ‘Johannes Schelewort Emeracensis ecclesie decanus . . .’ Text dated Basel, 1 Mar. 1499.

a3r ‘Decreta et acta concilii Basilien[sis]'. Edited by Sebastian Brant. Incipit: ‘[I]n nomine sancte et indiuidue trinitatis feliciter amen. Censetur vtique dignum et congruum . . .’ Johannes Dominicus Mansi, Sacrorum conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, vol. 29 (Venice, 1788). On this collection see Johannes Helmrath, Das Basler Konzil 1431-1449. Forschungsstand und Probleme, Kölner Historische Abhandlungen, 32 (Cologne and Vienna, 1987), 452.


Imprint: [Basel: Jacobus Wolff, de Pforzheim, after 1 Mar. 1499]. 4°.


Collation: a–o8.

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.


ISTC: ic00799000

GW: GW 7284;

Hain: HC 5605; C 1736;

Goff: Goff C‑799;


Proctor: Pr 7707;

Others: BSB‑Ink D‑94; Rhodes 613; Sack, Freiburg, 1073; Sheppard 2500.

LCN: 13931749


Copy number: C-410(1)

Bound with:
1. Concilium Constantiense, Acta et decreta. Hagenau: Heinrich Gran, for Johann Rynman, 11 Apr. 1500 (C‑413(2));
3. Erasmus, Epistola. [Leipzig: Valentin Schumann, c.1520];
4. Johannes Franciscus Picus de Mirandula, De iniusta excommunicatione pro Hieronymi Savonarolae innocentia. [Florence: Societas Colubris (Compagnia del Drago), Feb. 1498] (P‑293(2));
5. Sententia contra Jacobum Peregrinum. [Vienna: n. pr.], 1524;
6. Sententia contra Joannem Vasel. [Vienna: n. pr.], 1524;
7. Sententia contra Casparum Thauber. [Vienna: n. pr., 1524?].
For a description of three more items formerly contained in the volume, see Arthur Kay, ‘Erasmus to Servatius', Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, Papers, 14 (1926-30), 49-55.

Binding: Sixteenth-century (1526) Polish (Cracow) gold-tooled morocco over wooden boards. On the upper cover fillets form a border and a double frame. At the head of the outer frame, ‘ACTA CONSTAN. ET BA|SILIEN. CONSILIORṼ', at the tail, the date ‘M D X X V I'. Within the outer frame, a repeated foliate ornament. In the inner rectangle, a coat of arms (Catherine wheel) within a circular ornament, between two cherub's heads and floral corner-pieces. On the lower cover fillets form a border and a double frame. Within the border are blind-tooled knot-work ornaments; within the outer frame, the repeated foliate ornament. In the inner rectangle, an ornamental centre-piece and floral corner-pieces. On the turn-ins of the upper cover stamped name: ‘D. PETRI VEDELICII DE OB'.

Size: 223 × 157 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 211 × 151 mm.

On A1r of item 1, note about the Council of Constance in the hand of Petrus Vedelicius; occasional marginal notes in the same hand throughout.

Provenance: Peter Wedelicki (†1544); on A1r of item 1, ‘Petri Vedelicij de Obornyki Artium et Medicinȩ Doctoris', identical inscription on a1r of item 2. Poznań, Franciscans. Vilnius, Lithuania, Franciscans. Johannes Zielenski (fl. 1586); on A1r of item 1, ‘[Fuit] asscriptus loco Posnanen [corrected to Vilnen'] per f[ratrem] Joannem Zielenski A.D. 1586'. Leonardus de Siradia (fl. 1586); on A1r of item 1, ‘Pro loco Vilnen' deputatus est per me fratrem Leonardum de Siradia [Sieradz, Poland] ministrum liber iste 1586'. On A1r of item 1, ‘T. Graemius' and ‘Balgonare', apparently in the same hand; Kay, followed by Sheppard, identifies the place as being Balgoner/Balgonar, in the parish of Dunning, Perthshire; Kay 52 records that Balgonar was given by James Murray, 4th Earl of Tullibardine (1617-1670) to his 3rd wife Lilias Drummond on their marriage in 1668; Kay further notes that Lilias's sister, Anne, married Thomas Graeme (Graham), 4th Laird of Balgowan (†1735) in 1671, and he suggests that Lady Tullibardine may have given this book to her sister or brother-in-law. Dundas family, Viscounts Melville, after 1802 (the year in which Henry Dundas (1742-1811) was elevated to the peerage as 1st Viscount); armorial book-plate, with a viscount's coronet (Howe, Book Plates, 9287 or 9288). Lyndoch (Lynedoch) and Graham Library; not identified; inscription: ‘purchased at sale of Lyndoch and Graham Library, March 1888 at 12. 3. 0'. Arthur Kay (†1939); sale (26 May 1930), lot 293C. John Roland Abbey (1894-1969); gilt leather book-plate; sale (21 June 1965), lot 313. Purchased in 1965.

SHELFMARK: Arch. B e.48(2).

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