Polycraticus sive De nugis curialium.
Analysis of Content
[a1v] [Preface about the author and the text.] Incipit: ‘[H]ic liber intitulatur De nugis curialium et vestigiis philosophorum, cuius Johannes Salesbereiensis Carnotensis episcopus fuit actor(!) . . . ’
[a2r] ‘Tabula libri Policratici'. [Alphabetical index.]
[c11r] [Table giving the number of chapters in each book.]
[d1r] Johannes Salesberiensis: [Entheticus in Policraticum.] ‘Eutheticus . . . in Policraticon'. Johannes Salesberiensis, Policratici sive De nugis curialium et vestigiis philosophorum libri viii, ed. Clement C. I. Webb, 2 vols (Oxford, 1909), I 1-11; for this edition see I p. xvii; Johannes Salesberiensis, Policraticus I–IV, ed. K. S. B. Keats-Rohan, CCCM 118 (Turnhout, 1993), 9-19. Keats-Rohan notes, on p. xxxvii, that ‘the general opinion is that it [this edition] was published c.1496 in Brussels by the Fratres vitae communis‘; on p. li it is dated c.1476.
[e2r] Johannes Salesberiensis: ‘Prologus'. Johannes Salesberiensis, Policratici . . . libri viii, ed. Webb, I 12-18; Johannes Salesberiensis, Policraticus I–IV, ed. Keats-Rohan, 21-6.
[e3v] ‘Capitula libri primi'.
[e4r] Johannes Salesberiensis: Polycraticus sive De nugis curialium. Johannes Salesberiensis, Policratici . . . libri viii, ed. Webb, I 18-368, II 1-425; Johannes Salesberiensis, Policraticus I–IV, ed. Keats-Rohan, 27-274 (books 1-4 only).
[C3r] [Ovidius pseudo-; Johannes Salesberiensis pseudo-]: De ventri membrorumque altercatione. ‘De membris corporis quom aduersus stomachum quasi voracitate omnium labores exhauriret conspirauerant'. PL CXCIX 1005-8; Johannes Salesberiensis, Opera omnia: 5: Opuscula, ed. J. A. Giles (Oxford, 1848), 299-304; see Walther, Initia, 3087, and Thorndike–Kibre 256; Sharpe, Latin Writers, no. 872.
Imprint: [Brussels: Fratres Vitae Communis, 1479-81]. Folio.
Remarks: As dated by HPT.
Collation: [a b10 c12 d4 e–z A10 B8 C6].
Hain: HC *9430;
Goff: Goff J‑425;
BMC: BMC IX 174;
Proctor: Pr 9337;
Others: BSB‑Ink I‑596; Campbell 1045; CIBN J‑280; Hillard 1154; HPT II 397; ILC 1357; Oates 3856-7; Sheppard 7182-4; Voulliéme, Köln, p. 308.
Copy number: J-190(1)
Wanting the blank leaves [c12] and [e1].
Gathering [d] bound at the end.
Binding: Eighteenth-century mottled calf, the spine gold-tooled, stamped with the arms (gules, three chevrons or), and motto (`Veritas vincit') of Tongerlo Abbey; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.
Size: 276 × 205 × 50 mm.
Size of leaf: 263 × 190 mm.
Provenance: Tongerlo, Belgium, Premonstratensians, BVM; coat of arms on the spine (see above); inscription on [a1r]: ‘Bibliotheca Tongerlo'. Purchased for £5. 5. 0; see Books Purchased (1828), 15; note on [a1r].
SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q inf. 2.12.
Copy number: J-190(2)
Wanting the blank leaves [e1] and [C6].
Binding: Eighteenth-century half calf with marbled paper boards and gold-tooled spine, bound for Douce, assuming that it is the copy mentioned in the auction catalogue below, containing books with original monastic bindings. Scar of an index tab on [e2].
Size: 285 × 216 × 40 mm.
Size of leaf: 277 × 196 mm.
Some key words extracted in red ink in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand. Running book and chapter numbers in black ink in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand in the upper corner of each leaf. Early manuscript signatures in red ink.
On [e4r] an eight-line initial ‘I' is supplied in interlocked red and green, with extensions into the margins, in the lower margin ending in a rose; other principal four- and six-line initials are supplied either in red within a green pen-work border, decorated with green and red pen-work within the body of the letter, or in green decorated with red pen-work within the body of the letter; both having extensions into the margins in red and green; other three- to five-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, supplied in red or green; paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining supplied in red. Red ink spilt on several pages.
Provenance: Bamberg, Bavaria, Franciscans, S. Anna; inscription on [a1r] in an eighteenth-century(?) hand: ‘Pro conventu Bamberg Fratrum Minorum ad S. Annam'; see the sale (London: Leigh and Sotheby, 15 June 1799), lot 112; annotated in Douce's copy of the catalogue ‘0. 7. 6.d', and in Sotheby's annotated copy ‘Douce' and the same price. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.
SHELFMARK: Douce 192.
Copy number: J-190(3)
Wanting the blank leaves [e1] and [C6].
Binding: Nineteenth-century gold-tooled dark purple/maroon crushed morocco, stamped with the arms of J. Gomez de la Cortina in gilt, and with the inscription: ‘J. Gomez de la Cortina et amicorum' above, and his motto ‘Fallitur hora legendo' below, and with marbled pastedowns and gilt-edged leaves; bound for Gomez by Gil of Madrid; see Richard Copley Christie, The Marquis de Morante: His Library and its Catalogue (Manchester, 1883), 9.
Size: 282 × 214 × 41 mm.
Size of leaf: 273 × 192 mm.
Early marginal annotations, consisting mainly of extraction of key words, and ‘nota' marks. Manuscript list of contents on the verso of the front endleaf in a seventeenth-century(?) hand.
Three- to eight-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; running book numbers, capital strokes, and underlining supplied in red.
Provenance: Joaquin Gomez de la Cortina (1808-68), 1st Marques de Morante; purchased by Gomez de la Cortina for 155 pes[etas] [assuming that the purchase was made in Spain]; arms on binding; armorial book-plate; see his Catalogus librorum, with this item probably listed in vol. V no. 7694; a note on the front pastedown ‘cat., no. 1435', is probably a reference to the Gomez sale. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); Elenchus, no. 1817. Bequeathed in 1914.
SHELFMARK: Byw. F 2.15.
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