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Bod-Inc: J-116

Johannes de Capua

Directorium humanae vitae [German] Buch der Weisheit der alten Weisen.


Analysis of Content

[*1v] ‘Register in das bůch der weisen'.

a2r ‘Die vorred'. Incipit: ‘[E] A s ist von den alten weisen der geschlaecht der welt . . .’ The ‘A' in the above incipit is not part of the text but part of the numbering system of the fables.

a7r Johannes de Capua: Buch der Weisheit der alten Weisen. Translated by Anton von Pforr. Dedicated to Eberhart Graf zu Wirtenberg. The names are given in acrostic initials in the early sections; see Incunabula from the Court Library at Donaueschingen, Sotheby's London, 1 July 1994, lot 180. Friedmar Geissler, Anton von Pforr, das Buch der Beispiele der alten Weisen, Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin Institut für Orientforschung, Veröffentlichung 61 (Berlin, 1964), 1-162; see VL I 402-5.


Imprint: Ulm: Conrad Dinckmut, 12 Mar. 1485. Folio.


Collation: [*4] a–y8 z6.

Illustrations: 126 full-page woodcuts (c.193 ×133 mm.) Woodcut initials.


ISTC: ij00271000

Hain: HC *4033;

Goff: Goff J‑271;

BMC: BMC II 534;

Proctor: Pr 2565;

Others: Amelung, Frühdruck, I 108; BSB‑Ink I‑380; Friedmar Geissler, ‘Die Drucke des Buches der Beispiele der alten Weisen', Beiträge zur Inkunabelkunde, Dritte Folge, 3 (1967), 31 no. 7; Schramm VI p. 18; Schreiber V 3488; Sheppard 1844.

LCN: 13908022


Copy number: J-116(1)

Wanting d6, n4, o2, and z4. Leaves [*1,5] and z6 backed.

Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with metal bosses, corner-pieces, and clasps. Triple fillets form a double frame. Within the outer frame, lozenge-shaped stamps with the Holy face, rosette, and fleuron stamps. The inner rectangle contains merrythoughts each with a floral stamp (pansies?).

Size: 286 × 197 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 275 × 187 mm.

On [*1r]: ‘Das buůch gehert in der liberey'. Ruling in ink.

Many of the woodcuts and initials are painted in several colours; other initials are supplied in red.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 186.

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