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Bod-Inc: J-112

Johannes Canonicus

Quaestiones in Physica Aristotelis.


Analysis of Content

a2r Johannes Canonicus: Quaestiones in Physica Aristotelis. Incipit: ‘[Q]veritur hic primo vtrum substancia finita in suo conceptu communi . . .’ See J‑111.

x5r [Colophon.]

y1r [Table of contents.]


Imprint: St Albans: [Schoolmaster Printer], 1481. Folio.


Collation: a–t8 u–x6 y10.

Remarks: Leaf a2 signed a1, etc.


ISTC: ij00264000

Hain: C 1431;

Goff: Goff J‑264;


Proctor: Pr 9825;

Others: Duff 237; Oates 4212; Sheppard 7572-4; STC 14621.

LCN: 14496835, 14496925, 14496954


Copy number: J-112(1)

Bound with:
1. Thomas Aquinas, Commentum in octo libros Physicorum Aristotelis. [Venice: n. pr.], 1480 (T‑116(2)).

Wanting the blank leaf a1.

Binding: Contemporary English (Oxford, as suggested by Graham Pollard, see below) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards; rebacked. Remains of three clasps. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of lower cover. Triple fillets form a double frame. Within the outer frame are a circular floral stamp and another smaller floral stamp. Triple fillets divide the inner rectangle into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, containing the same stamps. At the head of the spine a rectangular label with shelfmark: ‘4. [ ]' covered by a square blue label: ‘FS'. Also, manuscript title on rectangular label. Strips from fourteenth/fifteenth-century manuscripts on parchment are visible in the binding. Pastedowns originally covered with similar manuscript material, now removed. The binding is listed by Graham Pollard in his notes on Oxford bindings, now Bodleian Library, MS. Pollard 326, fol. 7.

Size: 290 × 205 × 73 mm.

Size of leaf: 280 × 196 mm.

Some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, structuring the text, and adding ‘nota' marks, in a contemporary hand, brown ink, in both items, but in the first leaves only. On y10r: ‘£ 18. 18. 0.' in brown ink.

On a2r an eight-line initial is supplied in red with cadelles decoration and pen-flourishing in brown ink. A few initials are supplied in red with pen-flourishing in brown ink. Other initials, paragraph marks, underlining of chapter headings, and capital strokes are supplied in red.

Provenance: Arnoldus Vitis (15th/16th century); frater; inscription in red ink on x5r of item 2: 'Praes huius libri est frater Arnoldus Vitis'. Tienen, Brabant, Franciscans; inscription on a2r of item 1 in a late sixteenth-century hand: ‘Bibliothecae Fratrum Minorum Thenensis'. Purchased as part of a collection of early editions of works relating to the Church of England for £300; see Books Purchased (1854), 36 and 71.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 5Q inf. 2.16(2).

Copy number: J-112(2)

Binding fragments, consisting of portions of leaves f5-7. The three leaves were clearly used in the same binding, given the presence in each of the leaves of three holes in the margin between the two columns of text; see unsigned note [by David Rogers] on the front pastedown of 8° Rawl. 586.

Leaf f5 is bound as p. 207a–b in MS. Hearne's diaries 63 (for which see SC 15186); leaves f6-7 are bound with H‑185 (see there for details of binding and provenance).

Marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, and ‘nota marks' in a contemporary hand.

Paragraph marks and capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Thomas Hearne (1678-1735) (MS. Hearne's diaries 63). William Bedford (†1747)(?). Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755). Bequeathed by Rawlinson.

SHELFMARKS: MS. Hearne's diaries 63, p. 207a–b; 8° Rawl. 586(3).

Copy number: J-112(3)

A fragment, consisting of portions of leaves i1 and k5.


Binding: Nineteenth-century half blue morocco.

Size: 209 × 170 × 10 mm.

Headline on i1r in a contemporary hand.

Provenance: This fragment, together with some others bound in four similar volumes, were found among the Bodleian printed fragments and identified by means of the wormholes and perforations made by the bookbinder as having all at one time formed the boards of a blind-tooled leather binding by Nicholas Spierinck, Cambridge. See D. M. Rogers, ‘An Indulgence Printed by John Siberch and Other Fragments from a Spierinck Binding', BLR 4, 3 (1952), 137-44, at 139-40. Bound separately in Dec. 1887.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q 7.44.

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