Analysis of Content
[a1v] [Table of contents.]
[a2r] Gobius, Johannes: [Dedicatory preface, addressed to] Hugo de Coluberiis]. ‘Incipit prologus in scala celi.’ Incipit: ‘[V]enerabili ac carissimo in cristo patri Hugoni de Coluberiis sancte Aquensis ecclesie preposito . . .’
[a2v] Gobius, Johannes: Scala coeli. See G‑162.
Imprint: Ulm: Johann Zainer, 1480. Folio.
GW: GW 10945;
Hain: H *9406;
Goff: Goff G‑311;
BMC: BMC II 526;
Proctor: Pr 2524;
Others: BSB‑Ink G‑223; Sheppard 1820.
Copy number: G-163(1)
Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled brown calf over wooden boards, with two metal clasps and catches, hinged from the lower cover. On both covers quadruple fillets form an intersecting frame; the inner rectangle is divided by quadruple fillets into nine rectangular compartments; the three upper and lower compartments contain lozenge-shaped stamps with fleur-de-lis on the side (Schwenke–Schunke 39 no. 148), and a square stamp with two eagles within a circle. The three central compartments contain lozenge-shaped stamps with a mythical beast on the sides (Schwenke–Schunke 109 no. 25), and the square stamp with two eagles surrounded by triangular stamps with fleur-de-lis and lozenge-shaped stamps with the mythical beast, at the centre. In the upper and lower margin of the outer frame a rectangular stamp with the inscription: ‘huyseborch' (Schwenke–Schunke 293 no. 388). This decorative pattern is superimposed on other fillets and stamps. One leather and one paper index tab.
Size: 295 × 208 × 55 mm.
Size of leaf: 280 × 198 mm.
Woodcut pasted inside the lower board, showing the salvation and damnation of souls.
A four-line initial is supplied in red with reserved white decoration on [a1v]; a five-line initial is supplied in interlocked red and brown with red infill partly covered by the application of gold leaf on [a2r]; seven-line initial is supplied in interlocked red and brown with red infill and pen-work decoration; three-line initials, paragraph marks and underlining of chapter headings are supplied in red, some capital strokes in red.
Provenance: Huysburg, Saxony, Benedictines. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate; purchased by Douce at anonymous sale, 20 May 1829, lot 614. Bequeathed in 1834.
SHELFMARK: Douce 191.
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