Johannes de Sancto Geminiano
Liber de exemplis ac similitudinibus rerum.
Analysis of Content
A2r ‘Tabula vniuersalis totius libri subsequentis'.
a2r Helvicus Teutonicus: ‘Prologus primus'. Incipit: ‘Incipit opus perutile et validum predicatoribus de quacunque materia dicturis venerabilis atque doctissimi magistri Helwici Teutonici professoris sacre theologie ordinis predicatorum quod intitulatur ab autore liber de exemplis et similitudinibus rerum. “[O]mnia facito secundum exemplar quod tibi monstratum est”. Heb. viii [Hbr 8,5]. In omnibus operibus artium videmus quod eorum opifices . . .’
a2v Helvicus Teutonicus [pseudo-; Johannes de Sancto Geminiano]: ‘Prologus secundus'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uia vero curiosis lectoribus varietas tollit fastidium . . .’
a3v Helvicus Teutonicus [pseudo-; Johannes de Sancto Geminiano]: ‘Prologus tercius'. Incipit: ‘[N]oticia rerum in homine triplici virtute perficitur . . .’
a4r ‘Capitula primi libri'. Tables precede each book.
a6r Helvicus Teutonicus [pseudo-; Johannes de Sancto Geminiano]: Liber de exemplis ac similitudinibus rerum. Incipit: ‘[A]bstinentia discreta ciborum qnautum(!) sit hominibus vtilis . . .’ This edition is listed in Dondaine 161; on the authorship see Dondaine 157-64, no. 7; also Kaeppeli II 539-43, at 542-3, no. 2642.
Imprint: [Deventer: Richard Pafraet, c.1477-9]. Folio.
Remarks: As dated by HPT; Sheppard dates [1477-92], from type 90 GA.
Collation: A B8 a–y10 z6 aa bb8 2a–z aa bb10 cc dd8.
Hain: C 2649;
Goff: Goff J‑427;
BMC: BMC IX 45;
Proctor: Pr 8955;
Others: BSB‑Ink I‑515; Campbell 1040; CIBN J‑281; HPT II 405; ILC 1359; Oates 3433-4; Sheppard 6926.
Copy number: J-192(1)
Wanting gatherings A and B,2 a–z, and2 aa–dd, containing books 5-10.
Lower margin of a2 cropped; f2 torn and stitched together.
Binding: Contemporary Netherlandish/Rhenish blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with two metal clasps and catches, one clasp lost; four metal bosses on each cover lost; rebacked. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the lower cover. On both covers intersecting triple fillets form a concentric double frame. In each corner within the outer frame, formerly covered by the bosses, is a lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis stamp surrounded by a small flower-petal stamp repeated four times. Further triple fillets form the inner rectangle, which is divided by double fillets into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments containing, on the upper cover, the lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis stamp surrounded by the four small flower-petal stamps, and, on the lower cover, the small flower-petal stamp only. Early manuscript label at the head of the upper cover, containing the title written in black ink in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand. Remains of parchment index tabs.
Size: 301 × 215 × 66 mm.
Size of leaf: 288 × 196 mm.
Some marginal annotations, including paragraph marks in black ink, and occasional corrections.
On a2r a nine-line initial ‘O' is supplied in red with reserved white decoration, within a red pen-work frame, with the body of the letter decorated with black pen-work, and with red pen-work extensions into the margins; other three- to nine-line initials, some with extensions into the margin, paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining supplied in red.
Provenance: Johannes vam Loe (fifteenth century); inscription on a1r: ‘Jo. vam Loe presbiter'. Dorsten, Westphalia, Franciscan Observants; inscriptions on a1r in fifteenth/sixteenth-century hands: ‘Pro conuentu fratrum minorum de obseruantia in Dursten'; ‘Pro conventu Durstensi'. Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate with handwritten shelfmark ‘IX.C.i.8': see Lee, Royal Bookplates, 41 no. 24; not identified in sale catalogues. Shelfmark written in pencil on Sussex's label: ‘B.185. H. 4'. Acquired by 21 Jan. 193[ ]; partly legible stamp on a2v.
SHELFMARK: Inc. d. N8.1.
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