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Bod-Inc: J-189

Johannes de Sacro Bosco

Sphaera mundi (comm. Jacobus Faber Stapulensis and Franciscus Capuanus).


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v Cicchus Esculanus (Cecco D'Ascoli): [Preface to the commentary.] Incipit: ‘Supra mundi gloriam est post mortem . . . [O]portet medicum de necessitate scire . . .’ Thorndike, The Sphere, 344-8.

a2v [Woodcut; armillary sphere.]

a3r Cicchus Esculanus (Cecco D'Ascoli): [Commentary.] Incipit: ‘[D]elucidatis causis recurrendum est ad formam tractatus . . .’ Thorndike, The Sphere, 348-411.

a3r Johannes de Sacro Bosco: Sphaera mundi. ‘Nouitiis adolescentibus ad astronomicam rempublicam capessendam aditum impetrantibus . . . opus utili serie contextum inchoat.’ See J‑179. Regiomontanus's tract Contra Cremonensia deliramenta, which according to the rubric on a3r should be inserted between Sacrobosco and Purbachius, is not found.

e1r Capuanus, Franciscus: [Letter addressed to] Laurentius Donatus. Incipit: ‘[T]ametsi humanae uitae imbecillitas . . .’

e1r Capuanus, Franciscus: [Preface to the commentary.] Incipit: ‘[S]icut uult philosophus in principio sui libri de anima . . .’

e2r Capuanus, Franciscus: [Commentary.] Incipit: ‘[S]phaera igitur ab Euclide sic describitur. Quia subiectum in scientia . . .’ See Thorndike, The Sphere, 40.

l5v Faber Stapulensis, Jacobus: [Letter addressed to] Carolus Borra. Rice 26-8.

l6r ‘Index libri.’

m1r Faber Stapulensis, Jacobus: ‘Non nullae ad sequentia notae'. Incipit: ‘[C]irculus est figura plana . . .’

m1v [Woodcut: armillary sphere.]

m2r Faber Stapulensis, Jacobus: [Commentary.] Incipit: ‘[A]pud Syracusas Archimedes Syracusanus sphaerae inuentor proditur . . .’ See Thorndike, The Sphere, 40.

o6r [Colophon.]

p1r Capuanus, Franciscus: [Preface to the commentary.] Incipit: ‘[Q]uemadmodum ait Aristoteles in prologo physicorum . . .’

p2r Capuanus, Franciscus: [Commentary to Theoricae novae planetarum.] Incipit: ‘[L]iber iste principali eius diuisione in duas secatur partes . . .’

p2r Purbachius, Georgius: Theoricae novae planetarum. ‘De Sole.’ Incipit: ‘[S]ol habet tres orbes a se inuicem omniquaque diuisos . . .’ See J‑181.


Imprint: Venice: Simon Bevilaqua, 23 Oct. 1499. Folio.


Collation: a–c6 d8 e–z &6 [us]4.

Illustrations: Woodcuts and woodcuts initials.


ISTC: ij00419000

Hain: H *14125;

Goff: Goff J‑419;

BMC: BMC V 524;

Proctor: Pr 5414;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑512, I‑513; CIBN J‑278; Essling 263; Hillard 1152; Rhodes 1034; Sack, Freiburg, 2125; Sander 6666; Sheppard 4495.

LCN: 14029222


Copy number: J-189(1)

Wanting [us]3, 4.

A variant as BMC V 524, second copy: IB.23997.

Binding: Seventeenth-century parchment. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of upper cover. ‘17' across the fore-edge and at the head of the spine.

Size: 277 × 198 × 30 mm.

Size of leaf: 269 × 190 mm.

Marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in a number of early humanist hands.

Provenance: John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 25. Presented in 1659.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: N 2. 17 Art. Seld.

SHELFMARK: T 1. 17 Jur. Seld.

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