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Isidorus Hispalensis

Synonyma de homine et ratione, seu Soliloquia.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] [Braulio(?)]: ‘Prologus'. PL LXXXIII 825-8. BSB‑Ink ascribes the authorship to Braulio(?).

[a1v] Isidorus Hispalensis: ‘Prefacio' [in other editions addressed to the reader]. PL LXXXIII 827-8 with variations; see Thorndike–Kibre 1684.

[a1v] Isidorus Hispalensis: Synonyma de homine et ratione, seu Soliloquia. Incipit: ‘[A]nima mea in angustiis est . . . Nihil mihi te dulcius. Tu mihi super vitam meam places. Amen.’ PL LXXXIII 827-68, ending differently; see CPL 1203, Thorndike–Kibre 97, and Bloomfield 417.

[e7v] [Encouragement to readers to read and copy the book.] Incipit: ‘[I]n cuiusque manibus libellus iste venerit rogo et cum grandi humilitate supplico . . .’ Explicit: debita veneracione diligitis


Imprint: [Merseburg: Printer of Isidorus, ‘Soliloquia' (Marcus Brandis)], 18 Dec. 1479. 4°.

Remarks: For the assignment to Brandis see K. Haebler, ‘Die Merseburger Druckerei von 1479 und ihr Meister', Beiträge zur Inkunabelkunde, 5 (1912).


Collation: [a10 b8 c6 d e8].

Types: Types: 117 G (= type 1), 80 G (= type 2).

Leaves: 40 leaves.

Line number: 24 lines ([a2r]).

Type area: Type area: 142 × 90 mm ([a2r]).


ISTC: ii00205000

Hain: H *9295;

Goff: Goff I‑205;

Proctor: Pr 2603;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑642; CIBN I‑84; GfT 23; Sheppard 1884.

LCN: 14437345


Copy number: I-040(1)

Bound with A‑566(2); see there for details of binding.

Size of leaf: 190 × 130 mm.

Early correction to the text on [a1r].

Partial rubrication on [a1v] only: two-line initials, paragraph marks, and a star supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: Bamberg, Bavaria, Franciscans, S. Anna; in Francis Douce's copy of A Catalogue of a Valuable Collection of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century, Consigned from Abroad Containing Specimens of Most of the Early Printers; in the Finest Preservation and in the Original Monastic Bindings (London, Leigh and Sotheby, 15 June 1799), lot 22 is marked with a ‘D', for Douce; in Sotheby's annotated copy of the catalogue, it is priced at £0. 1. 0; the catalogue has the following manuscript annotation in Douce's hand: ‘from a monastery in Bamberg'. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 56(5).

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