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Bod-Inc: J-151

Johannes Evangelista

Commentum in Apocalypsim [Italian].


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Nicolaus de Lyra [pseudo-; Federigo Da Venezia or de Rinoldo]: Commentum in Apocalypsim. [Preface.] ‘[I]ncipit liber apocalipsis Sancti Iohannis apostoli et euangeliste cum glosis Nicolai de Lira ordinis fratrum Minorum. In dei nomine Amen.’ Incipit: ‘[Q]uisto libro lo quale si e nominato Apocalipsis in fra tucti li altri libri . . .’

[a1v] Johannes Evangelista: Apocalypsis. Incipit: ‘[A]pocalipsis Yesu Cristi . . . Quam dedit illi deus palam facere seruis suis . . .’

[a1v] [Federigo Da Venezia or de Rinoldo]: Commentum in Apocalypsim. Incipit: ‘Cio e Apocalipsi de yhesu christo. In nel comensamento de questo libro . . .’ See J. Stadtmüller, Eine griechische Übersetzung des italienischen Apokalpysenkommentars von Federigo da Venezia O. P., Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte des altchristlichen Literatur, 48,2 (Leipzig, 1936); Anthony Luttrell, ‘Federigo da Venezia's commentary on the Apocalypse: 1393/4', Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, 27-8 (1964-5), 57-65; Kaeppeli I 1168; and Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum, II 2337; A. Gargan, Lo studio teologico e la biblioteca dei dominicani a Padova nel tre e quattrocento (Padua, 1971), 47-8. Italian commentary on the Apocalypse, alternating with lemmata in Latin.


Imprint: [Rome: Printer of the Apocalypse, c.1469]. 4°.

Remarks: Pr assigns to an [unidentified printer at Naples], BMC to [Rome]. Sixtus Riessinger and Ulrich Han have both been suggested as printers. The type page has the same dimensions as Han's 1468 Cicero.


Collation: [a–o10 p8 q–r10 s8].


ISTC: if00052700

Hain: HR 9383; H 9384?; C 3715?;

Goff: Goff J‑225;

BMC: BMC IV 143;

Proctor: Pr 6749;

Others: BSB‑Ink F‑261; Fava–Bresciano 205; IGI VI 5216-A; Polain 2825; Sheppard 3176-7. Microfiche: Unit 9: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part III.

LCN: 14484246, 14486496


Copy number: J-151(1)

Leaf [a1r]: ‘(red) [I]Ncipit liber apocalipſis Scc̄amp;#772;i Iohānis apoſtoli & euāgeliſte cum | . . .’

Gatherings [l] and [m] misbound in the following order: [l1], [m2-10], [l2-10], [m1]. Wanting the blank leaf [s8].

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf; bound for the Bodleian. Marbled-edged leaves.

Size: 294 × 195 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 285 × 187 mm.

A few pen-trials and pointing hands in an early hand. Early manuscript signatures partly visible, giving each gathering both a number and a letter.

On [a1r] an initial Italian (Roman) ‘Q' is supplied in gold, pink, red, blue, and green on a gold ground, exending into the innner margin as a border of pink, blue, green, and gold acanthus leaves and gold dots; in the lower margin, in the same colours, a butterfly on the tail of a bird walking on a snake with a lion face; see Pächt and Alexander II, 115 no. pr. 153 (Italian?). Other initials are supplied in red or violet with red pen-work decoration; paragraph marks supplied in red or violet; chapter headings in red. Lemmata and capitals touched with yellow wash.

Provenance: Purchased for £7. 7. 0; see Books Purchased (1844), 3.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 4.9.

Copy number: J-151(2)

Wanting [c1] and the blank leaf [s8].

A variant, the first page being differently set up; leaf [a1r]: ‘(red) [I]Ncipit liber apocalipſis Scc̄amp;#772;i Ioh'is apoſtoli & euangeliſte cum | . . .’

Binding: Nineteenth-century calf (c.1825); bound for the Bodleian; gold-tooled spine; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. ‘B' printed on a rectangular blue label at the head of the spine.

Size: 295 × 198 × 39 mm.

Size of leaf: 286 × 191 mm.

Early manuscript signatures partly visible, giving each gathering both a number and a letter; later manuscript foliation on the upper right-hand corner of the rectos: ‘1-174'. On the front endleaf typographical and bibliographical notes in a seventeenth-century and an eighteenth-century hand.

On [a1r] a 12-line initial (Rome) ‘Q' is supplied in gold on a purple, green, and blue ground decorated with interlaced white vine-stems. Two butterflies in the margin; see Pächt and Alexander II, 107 no. pr. 15. Chapter headings are supplied in red.

Provenance: Purchased for £12. 12. 0 from Payne and Foss, A Supplement to the Catalogue of Books in Foreign Languages (London, 1825), no. 9176; see ‘Catalogus Bibliothecae Novae', fol. 110v: ‘P & F 1825'; Books Purchased (1825), 14.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q inf. 2.17.

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