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Bod-Inc: C-491


De curia Sapientiae [English] The court of sapience.


Analysis of Content

The Court of Sapience. Spät-mittelenglisches allegorisch-didaktisches Visionsgedicht, ed. Robert Spindler, Beiträge zur englischen Philologie, 6 (Leipzig, 1927). The attribution to John Lydgate was refuted by Spindler, 46-88.


Imprint: [Westminster: William Caxton, 1483]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated by BMC and Needham; Sheppard dates [c.1481].


Collation: a–e8.


ISTC: ic00988500

Hain: HC 10353; C 1854;


Proctor: Pr 9644;

Others: Blades 41; Blake, Caxton, 24 no. B24; de Ricci, Caxton, 68; Duff 260; Needham, Pardoner, 87, no. Cx 61; Painter, Caxton, 213; Rhodes 1130; Sheppard 7383; STC 17015.

LCN: 14479148


Copy number: C-491(1)

‘This fragment was taken out of the original binding of an old book printed in that year [1497]'; note by Douce on front endleaf.

Leaves e1 and e3 only, containing the end of ‘Tractatus de Musica' and the beginning of ‘Breuis processus de Astronomia' (ed. Spindler, strophes 294-302) and the end of ‘De Astronomia' and the beginning of ‘De fide' (ed. Spindler, strophes 313-321).

Binding: Nineteenth-century half maroon morocco; bound for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 223 × 156 × 6 mm.

Size of leaf: 204 × 133 mm.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce Fragm. e.5.

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