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Bod-Inc: G-318

Guilelmus Parisiensis

Postilla super epistolas et evangelia.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Guilelmus Parisiensis [pseudo-; Herolt, Johannes]: [Introductory preface.] Incipit: ‘[V]itam bonam et exitum beatum. Ego frater Gwillerinus(!) sacre theologie professor . . .’

[a1r] [List of doctors of the Church, with abbreviations of their names.] Incipit: ‘Sunt autem hec doctorum nomina. Sancti Augustini, Sancti Gregorii . . .’

[a2r] Guilelmus Parisiensis [pseudo-; Herolt, Johannes]: Postilla super epistolas. Incipit: ‘  “[F]ratres, scientes quia hora est iam nos de somno surgere”. Verba proposita orginaliter ad Romanos xiii capitulo sunt scripta . . .’ On the authorship see Kaeppeli II 459 no. 2394.

[k7r] ‘Ad quos sanctus Paulus scripsit epistolas.’ Incipit: ‘Romani. Sunt qui in partibus Ytalie . . .’

[k7v] [Evangelia.] Incipit: ‘[I]n illo tempore; cum appropinquasset Ihesus Ierosolimis . . .’

[k7v] Guilelmus Parisiensis [pseudo-; Herolt, Johannes]: Postilla super evangelia. Incipit: ‘  “[C]um appropinquasset Ihesus Ierosolimis” Math. xxi, Marci xi, Luce xix, Johannis xii [Mt 21,1; Mc 11,1; Lc 19,29; cf. Io 12,12]. Historia huius euangelii facta est . . .’ The ‘Postilla' follow each of the ‘Evangelia'. On the authorship see Kaeppeli II 458 no. 2393.

[E9v] ‘Modus legendi nomina doctorum abreuiata in isto libro.’ Incipit: ‘Ly. i. Nicolaus de Lyra doctor . . .’


Imprint: [Augsburg: Günther Zainer, not before 1473]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated by GW, using the ‘Mora', mentioned in the sermon entitled ‘Aliud euangelium de virginibus secundum Matthaeum XXV'. ‘Mora' is properly the span of time between the ascension of Christ and the Day of Judgement, although the printers calculate the date from the birth of Christ; cf. the headnote in GW X, p. 430.


Collation: [a–n10 o8+1 p–z A–E10].


ISTC: ig00642000

GW: GW 11930 (Anm. 2);

Hain: H *8232;

Goff: Goff G‑642;

Proctor: not in Pr;

Others: BSB‑Ink H‑128; Goff, ‘Postilla', 1; not in Sheppard.

LCN: 14459488


Copy number: G-318(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [E10].

Binding: Contemporary German pigskin over bevelled wooden boards, c.1485; bound by Johann Reichenbach, according to a tooled inscription on the lower cover; five metal bosses on each cover; two metal clasps and catches. On both covers the outer border is a repeated semi-circular cresting stamp and a small rosette stamp. Intersecting quadruple fillets form a frame, with a small flower-petal stamp at each intersection; within this frame is letter-stamping, giving the title of the work on the upper cover and the name of the binder on the lower. Further fillets form an inner rectangle; on the upper cover with merrythoughts, made up from headed-outline tools, each containing a fleuron, a small lozenge-shaped flower-petal stamp, a small floral stamp, and tear-drop-shaped stamps with a palmette, a lamb-and-flag stamp, and a dragon stamp. On the lower cover the inner rectangle is divided by double fillets into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, with the small flower-petal stamp at each intersection, and with the small lozenge-shaped flower-petal stamp, a larger flower-petal stamp, the three tear-drop stamps, and four circular evangelist stamps. See Nixon, Broxbourne, no. 7.

Size: 308 × 215 × 80 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 205 mm.

Copious early marginal notes, also miscellaneous theological notes, some in tabular form, on pastedowns and front endleaf, including, on the recto of the front endleaf, notes on signs preceding the Day of Judgement; and on [a1r] a note on simony. Some early annotations, partly in German(?), on rear pastedown.

Irregular rubrication: paragraph marks are supplied in red; initials coloured in red; capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Johann Reichenbach (†1486); perhaps from his private library (suggested by Nixon). Early inscription of ownership on title-page, now covered by that of Falheim. Andreas de Falheim (sixteenth/seventeenth century); inscription on [a1r]: ‘F. Andreas de Falheim . . .' Léon Gruel (1841-1924). Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); purchased from Gruel's son in 1949 for £417; accession no. ‘R468'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 18.8.

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