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Bod-Inc: E-082

Eyb, Albertus de

Margarita poetica.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] ‘Tabula siue registrum presentis operis'. [Table of contents.]

[a4v] ‘Inueniendarum auctoritatum tabula'. [Alphabetical index.]

[2a1r] Eyb, Albertus de: [Letter addressed to] Johannes II von Pfalz-Simmern, Bishop of Münster. Incipit: ‘Optasti saepenumero, reuerende pater ac princeps illustrissime, heroicarum cultor virtutum vt si quando . . .’

[2a2r] Eyb, Albertus de: Margarita poetica. Incipit: ‘[B]ene esset, vir illustrissime, quod quoniam omnis eloquentiae et perfectae elocutionis . . .’ On the work see Joseph Anthony Hiller, Albrecht von Eyb, Medieval Moralist, Catholic University of America Studies in German, 13 (Washington, DC, 1939; repr. New York, 1970), 69-111, and VL I 180-6, at 182-3 no. 5; also VL V 280-2. On Eyb's sources for the Margarita Poetica see Hiller 70-4, and GW VIII cols 176-7.


Imprint: [Nuremberg]: Johann Sensenschmidt, 2 Dec. 1472. Folio.


Collation: Part I: [a10 b c8]; part II: [2a–o10 p q8]; part III: [3a–q10]; part IV: [4a–n10 o6].


ISTC: ie00170000

GW: GW 9529;

Hain: H *6818;

Goff: Goff E‑170;

BMC: BMC II 405;

Proctor: Pr 1948;

Others: BSB‑Ink E‑152; Hillard 791; Sack, Freiburg, 1393; Sheppard 1399.

LCN: 14478954


Copy number: E-082(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [2 a1].

Binding: Contemporary German half pigskin over wooden boards, covered with eighteenth-century(?) plain calf; two clasps lost.

Size: 285 × 210 × 100 mm.

Size of leaf: 268 × 192 mm.

Occasional early marginal notes in various hands, mostly cropped. On [4 o6v] two lines of verse: ‘Donec fata uelint uitali uescimur aura' [unidentified], and ‘Infoelix lolium sterilis dominanti auene' [Verg., Ecl. 5. 37, with ‘dominanti' for ‘nascuntur'].

On [2 a2r] a seven-line initial is supplied in blue with pen-work decoration in red and green. Foliation, initials, and paragraph marks are supplied in red; red capital strokes and underlining.

Provenance: Metten, Bavaria, Benedictines, S. Michael; inscription on [a2r] and [4 o6v]: ‘Iste liber est sancti Michaelis in Meten', Comparatus per fratrem Wolfgang Prauser' in an early hand; at head of [a2r]: ‘In vsum FF. Mettensium' in an eighteenth-century hand. Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; old shelfmark ‘Inc. Typ. Nro 2132' and ‘Duplum' on front endleaf; duplicate stamp. Purchased by Heber for £3. 6. 0, according to the price annotated in red ink in Heber's sale catalogue. Richard Heber (1773-1833); note: ‘Munich Dupl. prime cost [ . . .] £2. 0. 0. on an average'; see Catalogue, 5 (1835), lot 1665, sold for £1. 1. 0. J. T. Hand (fl. 1834-1837), 1835; signature dated 1835 on the endleaf; purchased at his sale (1837), lot 194, for £0. 4. 0; see Books Purchased (1837), 13.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q inf. 1.55.

Copy number: E-082(2)

Not in Sheppard.

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [3 q10]. Wanting sheet [2 c2.9], leaf [2 q1], and sheet [3 a1.10], provided in contemporary manuscript. The text of [2 c9v], [3 a2v], [3 e4r], [3 g3r], [3 g8r], [3 i6r], [4 d2r], [4 g5r], and [4 g6r], erroneously left blank, has been provided by the same hand.

Binding: Eighteenth-century English gold-tooled calf; marbled pastedowns, stamped with the arms of Wodhull; the spine gold-tooled.

Size: 291 × 205 × 78 mm.

Size of leaf: 288 × 201 mm.

Early marginal notes, mostly in gathering [2 o].

On [2 a2r] a seven-line initial is supplied in blue with acanthus decoration, on a gold and violet ground, within a green frame. On [4 a1r] an eight-line initial is supplied in violet with acanthus decoration, on a black ground, within a gold frame. Foliation, initials, and paragraph marks are supplied in red; red capital strokes and underlining.

Provenance: Christian Friedrich Temler (1717-1780); inscription of name on [a2r]. ‘9381' in black ink on verso of front endleaf, probably the lot number of his sale in Apr. 1781. Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735-1792); see catalogue (1789), lot 3395, binding then ‘anc[ien] rel[iure] v[eau] Goth[ique]'; bought in by P. den Hengst for 20 Fl, the equivalent of £1. 15. 0, according to the exchange rate used by Payne at this sale. Michael Wodhull (1740-1816); ‘a. c. Mar. 24th 1795' on recto of back endleaf; not found in sale, 24 Mar. 1803. William Roscoe (1753-1831); Catalogue of the Very Select and Valuable Library of William Roscoe, Esq. (Liverpool: Winstanley, 19 Aug. 1816), lot 139. Joseph Lilly; see Catalogue of Rare, Curious, and Useful Old Books, no. 2 (1849), p. 5; letter dated 8 Feb. 1849 and addressed to F. C. Brooke inserted. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate; accession no. ‘R 1463'; purchased from Quaritch in 1956 for £30. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 33.12.

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