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Jacobus Philippus de Bergamo

Supplementum chronicarum.


Analysis of Content

[*2r] [Table of contents.]

[†6r] Jacobus Philippus de Bergamo: [Prologus, dedicated to] the magistrates of Bergamo. Incipit: ‘Pro Ciceronis vestri sententia, clarissimi conciues ductus . . .’

a1r Jacobus Philippus de Bergamo: Supplementum chronicarum. [Liber primus.] Incipit: ‘[I]n principio creauit deus celum et terram . . . bellicis artibus memoratissimus idemque felicissimus'.’ See J‑087; the Chronicle continues until the year 1490.

G5r Jacobus Philippus de Bergamo: [Editorial note.] Incipit: ‘Ac sic demum deo auxiliante et fauente Supplementi Chronicarum iam tertio terminum ponam . . .’ Dated Bergamo 15 Oct. 1486, and giving the age of the author as 52.


Imprint: Venice: Bernardinus Rizus, Novariensis, 15 May 1490. Folio.


Collation: [*] [†]6 a–z [et] [con] [rum] A–F8 G6.

Remarks: Gatherings [*] and [dagger] are numbered but not signed.

Illustrations: Woodcuts and woodcut initials.


ISTC: ij00211000

Hain: HC *2808;

Goff: Goff J‑211;

BMC: BMC V 402;

Proctor: Pr 4954;

Others: Baer, Die Illustrierten Historienbücher, p. xxvi, no. 161; BSB‑Ink I‑124; CIBN J‑143; Essling 343; Oates 1938; Rhodes 1000; Sack, Freiburg, 2008; Sander 917; Sheppard 4073. Microfiche: Unit 5: Chronicles and Historiography: Part II.

LCN: 14830769


Copy number: J-090(1)

Binding: Contemporary German (Regensburg, Kyriß workshop no. 29) blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with two metal clasps and catches. Centre-piece and corner-pieces lost; formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of lower cover. Yellow-edged leaves. Manuscript title with initial in red on a label at the head of upper cover and along the lower edge. Later manuscript title at the head of the spine. On the upper cover, triple fillets form a triple frame. Within the outer frame, lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis stamps; within the following frame, fleuron and square floral stamps. The inner rectangle contains the square floral stamps arranged into a frame, surrounded by rectangular fleuron stamps and by lozenge-shaped double-headed eagle stamps; see Kyriß pl. 65, nos 2 and 4. On the lower cover, quadruple fillets form a frame. Within the frame, quadruple fillets divide the area into four rectangular sections, each subdivided by quadruple fillets into four triangular compartments. Circular floral stamps are set at the conjunction of the fillets; in the triangular compartments are the fleuron and double-headed eagle stamps, lozenge-shaped dragon stamps, or the square floral stamps; see Kyriß pl. 65, nos 1, 2, 4, and 5. The spine is decorated with ‘Maria' scrolls. Strips of parchment from a twelfth-century manuscript are visible in the binding.

Size: 320 × 218 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 310 × 210 mm.

A few marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in an early hand.

Woodcuts and woodcut initials coloured. Other initials are supplied in red, some with pen-flourishing.

Provenance: Regensburg, Bavaria, Benedictines, S. Emmeramus; inscription on [*2r]: ‘Monasterii S. Emmerani Ratisbonæ'. Purchased for £0. 15. 0; see Books Purchased (1843), 20.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q inf. 2.38.

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