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Bod-Inc: D-139

Donatus, Aelius

Ars minor.


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A1v Donatus, [Aelius]: Ars minor. Incomplete version: Schwenke, Donat, 37-48; ed. Holtz, 585-97.

B5r Remigius: Regula: Dominus que pars. Incipit: ‘Dominus que pars (nomen) quare quia significat substantia cum qualitate propria vel communi . . .’ Explicit: Doloris quia dolorem mentis significat’ See Schmitt 70-1 and Remigius, Schleswig 1486. A Latin Grammar in Facsimile Edition, with postscript by Jan Pinborg, Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, Historisk-filosofiske Meddelelser, 50/4 (Copenhagen, 1982), 65-74.


Imprint: Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, [c.1496]. 4°.


Collation: A8 B6.

Illustrations: Woodcut on A1r; see Hodnett no. 918.


ISTC: id00334800

GW: GW 8909;

Hain: H 6371 = 6350;

Proctor: Pr 9728;

Others: Duff 131; Sheppard 7448; STC 7016.

LCN: 14886971


Copy number: D-139(1)

Bound with:
2. John Stanbridge, Long Accidence. Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, [c.1495] (S‑282);
3. Parvula. Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, [c.1496] (P‑035).

The three works were probably travelling together before they passed into Thomas Martin's ownership; see David Thomson, A Descriptive Catalogue of Middle English Grammatical Texts (New York and London, 1979), 284; on the three items as a unit see Nikolaus Henkel, ‘Printed School Texts. Types of Bilingual Presentation in Incunabula', Renaissance Studies, 9/2 (1995), 212-27.

Wanting A2.

All leaves in gathering A hinged; A1 and A3 repaired.

Binding: English eighteenth-century blind-tooled reversed calf; probably bound for Thomas Martin; see Thomson, Catalogue, 284.

Size: 216 × 148 × 14 mm.

Size of leaf: 207 × 141 mm.

On A6r of item 3, in a different sixteenth-century hand, Sir Philip Sidney's epitaph of eight lines on Argalus and Parthenia, with some variations: ‘His being was in hir alone | And he not being she was none | In ioye thei ioyed, in greife thei greiued | In loue thei loued, in lyfe thei liued | On was the hand, on was the sworde | That did his lyfe hir lyfe afforde | As all ye rest so nowe the stone | That tombes the too is iustly one'; see First-line Index of English Poetry 1500-1800 in Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ed. Margaret Crum, I (Oxford, 1969), H1216, edited in Philip Sidney, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia, ed. Albert Feuillerat, vol. 1 (Cambridge, 1912), 557.

Provenance: Thomas Martin (1697-1771); signature on front pastedown: ‘Tho. Martin'; ‘J.H.B. 1225' and ‘l | a' perhaps also in his hand; see sale, 5 June [1773], lot 4156. William Herbert (1718-1795); signature on recto of front endleaf: ‘Wm. Herbert 1781'; monogram and page references to Joseph Ames, Typographical Antiquities, and Herbert's own edition of that work, on the first page of each item; see Thomson, Catalogue, 284; sale (1796, catalogue issued by William's nephew, Isaac), no. 1793 for £1. 11. 6 (ESTC T190986, ex informatione John Lancaster). William Collins. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate; signature on recto of front endleaf: ‘F. Douce'; probably purchased from Collins, for £0. 15. 0: slip from bookseller's catalogue pasted to back pastedown, with date ‘1798' added in Douce's hand. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce D 238(1).

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