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Bod-Inc: E-072

Expositio Hymnorum


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A2r [Preface.] Incipit: ‘Iste liber dicitur liber himnorum. Hymnus dicitur laus dei cum cantico . . .’

A2r [Hymnarius.] Incipit: ‘[P]rimo dierum omnium quo mundus extat conditus . . .’

A2r [Hilarius]: Expositio hymnorum. Incipit: ‘  “[P]rimo dierum omnium”. Materia huius hymni est commendatio . . .’ See E‑068, ‘Q' type.

M5r [Colophon.]

M5v ‘Tabula hymnorum.’


Imprint: Cologne: Heinrich Quentell, 12 June 1494. 4°.


Collation: A–D8.6 E–H6.8 I K6 L4 M6.

Illustrations: Accipies woodcut on A1r: see Schramm and Schreiber–Heitz no. 18.


ISTC: ie00153000

Hain: H *6786;

Goff: Goff E‑153;

BMC: BMC I 282;

Proctor: Pr 1323;

Others: BSB‑Ink H‑266; Sack, Freiburg, 1933; Schramm VIII p. 22 and pl. 128, no. 484; Schreiber V 3935; Sheppard 1021; Voulliéme, Köln, 605.

LCN: 14536137


Copy number: E-072(1)

Bound with:
1. Guilelmus de Gouda, Expositio mysteriorum missae. Cologne: [Heinrich Quentell, c.1489] (G‑304);
3. Textus sequentiarum, cum optimo commento. [Cologne: Heinrich Quentell, 1494] (S‑177);
4. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Proverbia. [Leipzig: Conrad Kachelofen, c.1489] (S‑157);
5. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, De quattuor virtutibus cardinalibus, sive De formula honestae vitae. [Cologne]: Johann Koelhoff the Elder, [c.1490] (S‑164(1));
6. Manuale parochialium sacerdotum. [Cologne: Heinrich Quentell, c.1492] (M‑076).

Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled leather over wooden boards, the spine uncovered; one clasp and remains of a second. On both covers fillets form concentric intersecting frames. On the upper cover, within the outer frame, are a foliate-staff stamp, a circular lion stamp, a small flower-petal stamp, and a lozenge-shaped heart stamp; within the inner frame are the heart stamp, the flower-petal stamp, and a small rosette stamp; the inner rectangle is decorated with the heart stamp, the flower-petal stamp, a large rosette stamp and a circular eagle stamp. On the lower cover, within the outer frame, are the flower-petal stamp, the heart stamp, and the small rosette stamp; the inner rectangle is decorated with the large rosette stamp, the flower-petal stamp, the eagle stamp, the lion stamp and a circular double-headed eagle stamp. Remains of a manuscript label at the head of the spine.

Size: 219 × 146 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 203 × 140 mm.

Two parchment leaves are used as pastedowns, the front one from a fifteenth-century manuscript breviary, the rear one containing part of a grammatical tract in verse, with German glosses in a thirteenth-century hand.

Some early notes on the title-page of item 1, and in items 3, 5, and 6.

Provenance: Johannes Jeger (fl. 1542); inscription on a1r of item 1: ‘Johannes Jeger est possessor huius libri anno 1542'. Purchased in 1831 from R. F. Sweetinburgh, for £0. 14. 0: see Library Bills (1829-32), no. 333, Nov.–Dec. 1831, and Books Purchased (1832), 12, where the date is given as 1499.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q inf. 1.18(2).

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