Antiquitates judaicae, et al.
Analysis of Content
[a1r] Hieronymus [pseudo-; Freculphus Lexovensis]: ‘Incipit prologus sancti Ieronimi in Iosephum'. Incipit: ‘[J]osephus Mathie filius ex Iherosolimis sacerdos a Vespasiano captus . . .’ Explicit: vocabulum non defecit. Extract from Freculphus's Chronica; PL CVI 1149.
[a1r] Josephus, Flavius: Antiquitates judaicae. ‘Prologus'. Incipit: ‘[H]istoriam conscribere disponentibus non vnam nec eandem uideo eiusdem studij causam sed multas existere . . .’ Explicit: aliud prohibemur.
[a2r] ‘Capitula'. Incipit: [Q]uomodo Deus informem mundi materiam cernens . . .’ Each book is preceded by a table of capitula.
[a2v] Josephus, Flavius: Antiquitates judaicae. Incipit: ‘[I]n principio creauit Deus celum et terram. Sed dum terra ad aspectum non veniret et profunditate . . .’
[hh1r] Josephus, Flavius: De bello judaico. ‘Prologus'. Incipit: ‘[Q]voniam bellum quod cum populo romano gessere iudei . . . [C]vm potentes Iudeorum inter se dissiderent . . .’ See J‑218. This edition does not include the additional text printed at the end of the Antiquitates in no. J‑219.
[hh2r] ‘Capitula’ Incipit: ‘[N]empe Judeis inter se dissidentibus Antiochus . . .’ Each book is preceded by a table of capitula.
[hh3r] Josephus, Flavius: De bello judaico. Incipit: ‘[C]vm gentes Ivdeorum inter se dissiderent . . .’ Explicit: que scripsi habuerim coniecturam.’
Imprint: [Lübeck: Lucas Brandis, 1475-6]. Folio.
Collation: [a b10 c8 d10 e8 f10+1 g8 h10 i10+1 k12 l m10 n8 o–q10 r8 s6 t10 u–y8 z6 aa bb10 cc8 dd ee10 ff gg8 hh10 ii8 kk10 ll mm8 nn8+1 oo10 pp8 qq rr10 ss–xx8].
Hain: HC (+ Addenda) 9450;
Goff: Goff J‑483;
BMC: BMC II 550;
Proctor: Pr 2609;
Others: Baer, Die Illustrierten Historienbücher, p. xxvii, no. 172; BSB‑Ink I‑616; CIBN J‑308; Oates 1179; Rhodes 1041; Schramm X p. 8; Schreiber V 4402; Sheppard 1886-9.
LCN: 14485408, 14485461
Copy number: J-220(1)
At the beginning of book 8 of the Antiquitates, [l1r], where in the BL copies there is no initial, is found a woodcut ‘D', 84 × 77 mm, containing a cut of David with his harp; see Schramm X pl. 20 no. 40. [bb8r]: ‘berulim . . .' [pp8r]: ‘ . . . ieroſolimam . . .' The first sheet of gathering [o] is of the original issue, as against the first copy (IC.9806) described by BMC.
Binding: Seventeenth-century(?) plain calf over wooden boards, with two metal catches, remains of clasps, and green-edged leaves. Seventeenth-century(?) printed title: ‘Opera Flauii Iosephi' on a slip pasted inside the front pastedown.
Size: 407 × 288 × 105 mm.
Size of leaf: 395 × 280 mm.
Marginal notes, mainly extracting key words and correcting the text, in an early German hand. ‘Nota' marks in pencil. Signatures numbered in manuscript, partly visible.
At the end of the Antiquitates [gg8v] is pasted a cutting from a fourteenth-century German liturgical manuscript with, on the verso, parts of lines of text in a gothic hand, with musical notation; on the recto a miniature of an angel and a figure swinging a censer (annunciation to Zachariah?), probably touched up, within a frame imitating the colours and style of the printed initials. On [hh1r] the shield in the border emblazoned: bendy-sinister of six, or and gules. Initials and borders painted in gold and colours; headlines coloured and, where necessary, headlines and initials have been supplied. Paragraph marks, underlining of chapter headings, and capital strokes are supplied in red.
Provenance: John Wilks (1765?–1854); sale (12 Mar. 1847), lot 1414 ; purchased for £5. 7. 6; see Books Purchased (1847), 19.
SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 1.3.
Copy number: J-220(2)
A variant: [bb8r]: ‘liberum . . .'; [pp8r]: ‘ . . . ieroſolimam . . .' The first sheet of gathering [o] is of the original issue, as against the first copy (IC.9806) described by BMC.
Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled sheep over wooden boards, with clasps and catches, very worn. Five bosses on each cover lost. Double fillets form an intersecting double frame. Within the outer frame, lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis stamps on the upper cover and circular rosette stamps on the lower cover. Diagonal triple fillets divide the inner rectangle into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, containing on both covers smaller circular rosette stamps or apex stamps; a smaller circular rosette stamp also at the intersection of the diagonal fillets. ‘Hist. E. 10' on square red leather label at tail of the spine and on paper label on the front pastedown. Strips from a thirteenth-century noted liturgical manuscript visible in the binding.
Size: 406 × 280 × 110 mm.
Size of leaf: 395 × 272 mm.
Marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in a sixteenth/seventeenth-century hand. Manuscript signatures in red ink partly visible.
Initials and borders painted in various colours; where necessary, initials are supplied in red or blue. The space at the beginning of book 8 of the Antiquitates is occupied by a manuscript initial ‘D' supplied in grey with curling acanthus leaves and with white pen-work decoration, containing the figure of a kneeling bishop, within a shaded green frame with foliate extensions into the margin painted in several colours. Underlining of chapter headings and capital strokes are supplied in red.
Provenance: Olomouc, Moravia, Augustinian Canons of the Congregation of the Lateran, Omnes sancti; inscription on [a1r]: ‘Liber Monasterij Omnium sanctorum Canonicorum Regularium' and armorial book-plate: ‘Ex Bibliotheca Canonicorum Regularium S. Augustini Congregationis Lateranensis Olomucij ad Omnes Sanctos'. Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; ‘Dupl' on the front endleaf. Purchased for £2. 13. 0; see Books Purchased (1851), 39.
SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 1.4.
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