Franciscus de Retza
Analysis of Content
[a1r] Franciscus de Retza: Comestorium vitiorum. Incipit: ‘[V]oluntas siue superbia assimilatur pluribus rebus . . .’ See Kaeppeli I 397-400 no. 1131.
[F6r] [Alphabetical table of contents.]
Imprint: Nuremberg: [Johann Sensenschmidt and Heinrich Kefer, 14]70. Folio.
Remarks: The copy at Bamberg StB has the date of rubrication 1 Feb. 1471.
Collation: [a10 b12 c10 d e8 f–o10 p12 q–s10 t12 u–z10 A8 B–E10 F12].
GW: GW 10270;
Hain: HC *13884;
Goff: Goff R‑150;
BMC: BMC II 403;
Proctor: Pr 1942;
Others: BSB‑Ink F‑250; Oates 971; Sack, Freiburg, 1478; Sheppard 1380-1.
Copy number: F-099(1)
The blank leaves [k10], [p12], and [A1] cut away.
Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over boards, with two metal catches and remains of clasps. Bosses and two further clasps and catches on the upper and lower edge also lost. Manuscript shelfmark label in red on a rectangular parchment label pasted onto the upper cover: ‘F IIII', also a manuscript title in brown ink on another rectangular parchment label. Remains of a paper label at the head of the spine. Triple fillets form a quadruple frame. Within the outer frame tendril stamps. Within the following frame a repeated scroll stamp. Within the following frame a repeated lozenge-shaped eagle and a rectangular tendril stamp. Diagonal triple fillets divide the inner rectangle into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, decorated with a floral stamp, a decorative scroll stamp and a lozenge-shaped gridded stamp. On the lower cover, the inner rectangle is decorated with tendril stamps.
Size: 400 × 282 × 90 mm.
Size of leaf: 394 × 272 mm.
Contemporary manuscript title on front pastedown in dark brown ink; in the same hand manuscript foliation: 1-282. Occasional marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands.
On [a1r] a nine-line initial ‘V' is supplied in interlocked red and blue with reserved white decoration and red and green pen-work decoration. In the upper and lower margin foliate decoration in pink, blue, red, and green. Other principal initials are supplied in red and blue with red and green pen-work decoration. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.
Provenance: Caspar Augsburger, Abbot of St Georgenberg (1469-91); on [a1r] two painted shields bearing respectively the arms of the monastery (St George's cross) and of the abbot (a watering-can). On the same leaf and on [F10v] partially erased inscription of the same house dated 1652; on [a2r] another one in a different hand dated 1659. Fiecht, Tyrol, Benedictines, S. Josephus (formerly St Georgenberg). Purchased for £3. 3. 0; see Books Purchased (1851), 61.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 1.10.
Copy number: F-099(2)
Wanting the blank leaves [k10], [p12], [t12], [A1], and [F11,12].
Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf; bound for the Bodleian Library; marbled pastedowns; yellow-edged leaves.
Size: 423 × 310 × 58 mm.
Size of leaf: 408 × 268 mm.
On [a1r] title is supplied in red in a contemporary hand: ‘Incipit Comestorium viciorum Reuerendi patris Francisci magistri in theologia ordinis Predicatorum'. On the same leaf early shelfmarks: ‘L(?) N 2' crossed out, ‘L(?) A 6'. Early manuscript foliation: i-cclxxxi. Occasional marginal notes, providing corrections to the text, extracting key words, and pointing hands in an early hand. Early signatures partially visible.
On [a1r] a nine-line initial ‘V' (Cologne style) is supplied in interlocked red and blue within a square ground made of red and green pen-work decoration with extension into the margin. Other initials (with extensions into the margins) and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; capital strokes in red.
Provenance: Cologne, Carmelites, S. Alanus; inscription on [a1r]: ‘Ca[rm]eli Colo[niae]'. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); note in his hand on [a1r]; sale (1835), lot 3351; not identified in Books Purchased (1835).
SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q inf. 2.22.
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