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Bod-Inc: J-193

Johannes de Sancto Geminiano

Liber de exemplis ac similitudinibus rerum.


Analysis of Content

12r ‘Tabula vniuersalis totius libri subsequentis'. Incipit: ‘[A]bdicatio temporalium . . .’

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 similitudinis 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 tertius'. 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 quantum sit hominibus vtilis . . .’ Explicit: . . .stare certum erit. Ibi vacabimus et videbimus, videbimus et amabimus, amabimus et laudabimus . . .seculorum. Amen See J‑192.


Imprint: [Cologne: Johann Koelhoff, the Elder, c.1485]. Folio.


Collation: 18 26 a–k10 l–z A8 B10 C–Z Aa–Mm8 Nn6 Oo Pp8.


ISTC: ij00428000

Hain: HC *7542;

Goff: Goff J‑428;

Proctor: Pr 1061;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑516; CIBN J‑282; Oates 542; Polain 2309; Sheppard 811; Voulliéme, Köln, 686.

LCN: 14554251


Copy number: J-193(1)

Wanting the blank leaf a1, and sheets g5.6, and v4.5.

In this copy d5v and d6r have been left blank in error, and the missing text is supplied in manuscript; the text of the other missing leaves (as above) has been supplied in manuscript, all apparently in the same fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand.

Binding: Contemporary wooden boards covered by half green roan on the spine and green paper over wooden boards, with red label on the spine; bound for Francis Douce.

Size: 291 × 215 × 120 mm.

Size of leaf: 283 × 207 mm.

Parchment rear pastedown containing a grammatical text with marginal and interlinear commentary, both written in a thirteenth-century hand; offset probably from the same manuscript inside the upper cover.

Early marginal annotations, including comments on and occasional corrections to the text, and ‘nota' marks, in fifteenth/sixteenth-century German hands.

Provenance: Erased inscription on 26v; unread under ultraviolet light. William Fermor (1771-1828); armorial book-plate; see Howe, Book Plates, 10409. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 220.

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