Expositio Hymnorum Secundum usum Sarum
Analysis of Content
a2r [Preface.] Incipit: ‘Iste liber dicitur liber hymnorum. Hymnus dicitur laus dei cum cantico . . .’
a2r [Hymnarius.] Incipit: ‘[C]onditor alme siderum eterna lux credentium . . .’
a2r Expositio hymnorum. Incipit: ‘Materia huius hymni est de aduentu Christi et incarnatione eiusdem . . .’ Explicit: creatori suo recem id est laudem See E‑068, ‘S' type.
i5v ‘Tabula hymnorum'.
Imprint: [Cologne: Heinrich Quentell, 1496]. 4°.
Remarks: Sheppard dates to [1494-7].
Illustrations: Accipies woodcut on a1r: see Schreiber and Schreiber–Heitz no. 56 (without the inscription: ‘Versor cum discipulis suis').
Hain: C 2385;
Goff: Goff E‑163;
BMC: BMC I 294;
Proctor: Pr 1426;
Others: Duff 138 (I); Oates 812; Rhodes 754; Schreiber V 3939; Sheppard 1055-7; STC 16110; Voulliéme, Köln °609.
Copy number: E-077(1)
Wanting a1 and the blank leaf i6.
Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf, for the Bodleian Library.
Size: 213 × 147 × 15 mm.
Size of leaf: 202 × 131 mm.
Occasional early notes, also scribbles and pen-trials. On d3r in a mid-sixteenth-century hand, ‘[Memorandum] that I the ssayd Ryachard Thomas of posset in the countye of sso[me]rset yoman and I the sayd M[aster] Henry [ ] by me Robard Hamlen'.
Provenance: Given the above inscription, it is clear that the book has been in England from a date not long after it was printed. Acquired between 1835 and 1847; see Catalogus (1843), Appendix, 466.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 6.34.
Copy number: E-077(2)
2. Expositio sequentiarum secundum usum Sarum. [Cologne: Heinrich Quentell, c.1496] (S‑174A(1)).
Binding: Nineteenth-century(?) plain calf.
Size: 218 × 146 × 22 mm.
Size of leaf: 205 × 135 mm.
Provenance: Richard Gough (1735-1809); shelfmark. Bequeathed in 1809.
SHELFMARK: Gough Missals 163(1).
Copy number: E-077(3)
1b (1*). Expositio hymnorum secundum usum Sarum. London: Richard Pynson, [c.1496] (E‑078);
2. Expositio sequentiarum secundum usum Sarum. [Cologne: Heinrich Quentell, c.1496] (S‑174A(2));
2b (2*). Expositio sequentiarum in libro transmare impresso deficientium. London: Richard Pynson, [c.1496] (S‑174B);
3. Jacobus de Gruytrode, Colloquium peccatoris et crucifixi Jesu Christi. Tractatulus de vita religiosa. Isidorus Hispalensis, Dialogus sive Synonyma de homine et ratione. Antwerp: Nicolaus (Claes) Leeu, 17 May 1488 (J‑015(2)).
Wanting the blank leaf i6.
Binding: Seventeenth-century mottled calf, stamped in gilt on both covers with the crest of Sheldon (a sheldrake). The spine gold-tooled and decorated with a dolphin within a foliate circlet surmounted by a coronet. Edges of leaves marbled.
Size: 180 × 130 × 30 mm.
Size of leaf: 172 × 120 mm.
Early marginal and interlinear notes in item 1 in several hands, some providing word for word English translations; occasional pointing hands in red. Some of the notes in item 2 are in the same hand as some in item 1; both hands provide an English interlinear translation; other notes in item 2 appear to be in the hand of Roland Broke, whose ownership inscription is written on a6v of item 3. This suggests that all three items were bound together before they were given their present (Sheldon) binding, and probably soon after they were printed. On a1r of item 1, in early hands: ‘Sancta Barbara' and ‘Dextera pars penna lenior breuior vult deb[ ] esse'. On the last blank leaf of item 2 a verse in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand: ‘Arbor dum crescit lignum dum crescere nescit | radices muscas vel dic esse locustas | Abdicit est media brevis abdicit quoque longa'; see Walther, Initia, 1240a, with reference to London, British Library, MS. Harley 1587, fol. 103v, a fifteenth-century English manuscript. Some interleaved notes by Douce in this and the other items.
Partial rubrication: gatherings a–c only of item 1; initials, some with decoration and extensions into the margin in red and black ink, are supplied in red; paragraph marks supplied in red; capital strokes in red.
Provenance: Roland Broke (fifteenth/sixteenth century); inscription on a6v of item 3: ‘Roland Broke hos thys boke'. Anthony Wood (1632-1695); not listed in Kiessling, Anthony Wood. Ralph Sheldon (1623-1684); motto on recto of front endleaf: ‘In Posterum'; inscription on recto of front endleaf: ‘Ex dono domini Antonii A Wood'; not found in the Sheldon sale (1781). Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.
SHELFMARK: Douce BB 107(1).
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