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Bod-Inc: H-115


Vitae sanctorum patrum [Dutch] Van den leven der heiligen vaderen [based on the tradition of the shorter Latin version; cf. H‑106].


Analysis of Content

a2r [Hieronymus [pseudo-]: ‘Voerspraeck in den eersten boek van den leuen der heiligher vaderen.' ‘Prologus.’ Incipit: ‘[G]hebenedijt so si god dye wil dat alle . . .’ Based on ed. Schulz-Flügel, 243-7, Prol.

a3v ‘Tafel of register.’

a5r Hieronymus [pseudo-]: Vitae sanctorum patrum. Based on ed. Schulz-Flügel, 247-387: i, xv–xvi, xii–xiv, vii–ix, xi, x, ii–v, vi, xvii–xx, xxii–xxviii, xxx–xxxiii, Epil.

f5v [Rufinus, Tyrannius]: ‘Voerspraek van dat anderde vaderboeck.’ Incipit: ‘[W]ie mach twiuelen die werlt en staet . . .’ Follows PL LXXIII 739-40.

f6r ‘Tafel of register.’

g2r [Hieronymus pseudo-: [Verba seniorum. Latin version by Tyrannius Rufinus.] Incipit: ‘[E]en heylich vader doe hem die broederen . . .’ Based on PL LXXIII 739-810.

l1r Palladius: ‘Prologus des biscops Palladius van dat derde boec der heiligher vaderen leuen.’ Incipit: ‘[V]eel luden hebben tot veel tij den alrehanden . . .’ Based on PL LXXIV 343-4.

l1v [Table of contents.]

l3r [Hieronymus pseudo-: Vitae sanctorum patrum: Historia Lausiaca.] Incipit: ‘[D]oe ic eerst totter stat van Alexandrien quam . . .’ Based on PL LXXIV 343-82.

o1r [Hieronymus pseudo-: Vitae sanctorum patrum.] ‘Prologus in dat vierde boec van die woerden ende exempelen der heiligher vaderen.’ [Translated into Latin by Pelagius and Johannes Subdiaconus.] Incipit: ‘[W]ant alle prefacie wel puntelic den text voer . . .’

o1r ‘Register.’

o1v [Hieronymus pseudo-: Vitae sanctorum patrum. Translated into Latin by Pelagius (note on x7r).] Incipit: ‘[E]en broeder begheer de totten voertgaende leuen . . .’

x7r [Hieronymus pseudo-: Vitae sanctorum patrum. Translated into Latin by Johannes Subdiaconus.] Based on PL LXXIII 993-1022. Book 4 ends after this work.

z5r Abbas Moyses [pseudo-]: ‘Dit sijn die woerden die den abt Moyses sende den abt Pastor in welken woerden besloeten sijn alle doechden end volcomenheyt der moniken.’ Incipit: ‘[In] den eersten seyde abt Moyses dat een . . .’

z5r ‘Prologus van dat vijfte boeck.’ Incipit: ‘[A]l wast ons te wille ende ons te sinne van . . .’

z5r ‘Dat regiister des vijften boecs.’

z7v [Hieronymus pseudo-: Vitae sanctorum patrum.] Incipit: ‘[E]en out vad ouerhaelde die weldaden enen broeder . . .’


Imprint: Gouda: Gerard Leeu, 3 Dec. 1480. Folio.


Collation: a–h8 i k6 l m8 n6 nn o–z8 [et] [us]6.

Illustrations: Woodcut border on a2r.


ISTC: ih00210000

Hain: HC 8628;

Goff: Goff H‑210;


Proctor: Pr 8923;

Others: Campbell 937; CIBN H‑134; HPT II 417; ILC 1194; Oates 3394-6; Sheppard 6895.

LCN: 14764933


Copy number: H-115(1)

A made-up copy.

Wanting the blank leaves a1, k6, nn8, and [us]6.

Leaves in gatherings v and x reinforced in the gutters by strips of manuscript, etc.

Binding: Quarter calf; marbled paper boards (over parchment manuscript leaves, perhaps containing music), gold-tooled spine, and marbled pastedowns. Spine detached.

Size: 288 × 207 × 39 mm.

Size of leaf: 282 × 195 mm.

Occasional early annotations, including corrections to the text, and scribbles.

One- to eight-line initials are supplied in red or blue; paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red. Woodcut border coloured in orange, blue, green, yellow, and pink. Running headings in upper margins indicating registers.

Provenance: François-Joseph Vergauwen (1801-1881); note (presumably of acquisition) by him on the verso of the front endleaf, dated 1835: ‘Bruxelles 7bre 1835'; sale, catalogue I (1884), lot 144. Purchased for £3. 15. 0 from M. L. Tregaskis, Catalogue 332 (1896), no. 179; see Library Bills, 12 May 1896.

SHELFMARK: Inc. d. N7.1480.1.

Copy number: H-115(2)

Bound with:
2. Wech der sielen salicheit. [Netherlands: Printer of Wech der sielen salicheit, n. d.] (W‑008).

Binding: Contemporary (Netherlandish) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards; two clasps and catches lost. On both covers triple fillets form a frame within which is repeated a triangular dragon stamp. Further triple fillets form an inner rectangle which is divided by double fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments decorated with a large rosette stamp, a fleur-de-lis stamp, and a lozenge-shaped imperial eagle. See Foot, ‘Monasteries and Dragons', 200 and pl. 2, nos 6 (dragon) and g (fleur-de-lis). A paper slip measuring 256 × 85 mm with the inscription: ‘Het. Leuen. der. voorvaderen'; a pencil note suggests that it was intended to be pasted in to cover the fore-edge.

Size: 301 × 212 × 66 mm.

Size of leaf: 287 × 208 mm.

One- to eight-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes in red. Title in red crayon on a1r.

Provenance: Anne Cottrel (†1641?); inscription on a3r of item 1: ‘Anne Cottrel 1641 prie pour elle'; also name on [a1v] of item 2. Engelbert-Karl Arenberg, 10th Duke of Arenberg (1899-1974); tiny paper label near the head of the spine, with a running number in ink, ‘393'. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate; purchased in 1942 from ‘GoR' [D[avis] and O[rioli] crossed out] for £350 [£65 crossed out] in Ehrman's accession ledger; accession no. ‘R 102a'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 19.5(1).

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