Mammotrectus super Bibliam.
Analysis of Content
[a1r] [Marchesinus, Johannes: Prologue.] Incipit: ‘[I]mpatiens proprie imperitie ac ruditati compatiens pauperum clericorum . . .’ See Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum, 4776(I). See also M‑080.
[a1r] [Marchesinus, Johannes]: Mammotrectus super Bibliam I: Gn-Apc [including Ps]. Incipit: ‘ “[A]mbrosius frater”, etc. Perferens . . .’ See Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum, 4776(I), with some variations.
[p1r] [Marchesinus, Johannes]: Mammotrectus super Bibliam II. Incipit: ‘[A]pud Hebreos Nisan dicitur Aprilis . . .’ See Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum, 4777(II) 1-3, 6, 4-5, 7-13, 14 (with variations), 15, 16 (with variations), 17-19.
[A1r] [Table of contents.] ‘Tabula super bibliam'.
Imprint: [Beromünster]: Helias Heliae, 10 Nov. 1470. Folio.
Collation: [a–c12 d10+1 e–l12 m6 n–x12 y10 A B12 C10+1 D10].
Hain: H *10555;
Goff: Goff M‑233;
BMC: BMC III 799;
Proctor: Pr 7798;
Others: BSB‑Ink M‑153; CIBN M‑118; Helene Mattman, ‘Inkunabelverzeichnis der Stiftsbibliothek Beromünster', Erster datierter Schweizer Druck: Gedenkschrift zur 500-Jahr-Feier in Beromünster 1470-1970 (Beromünster, 1970), 88-151, at 91 no. 1, 2; Sack, Freiburg, 2334; Sheppard 2570.
Copy number: M-081(1)
Leaf [D10r]: [colophon], l. 1: ‘ . . . pri | micereus . . .', not as BMC (`-cerus') or H (`-cerius'). The blind impression of two lines of type below the colophon is probably that of the addition found in some copies: ‘O Archangele Michahel prin- | ceps ac propugnator noster' (cf. BMC note).
Binding: Contemporary German(?) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with remains of two metal clasps, two catches lost, also four corner-pieces and a central boss. On both covers intersecting double and triple fillets form an outer frame, within which is a repeated foliate stamp. Further triple fillets form the inner frame within which is a lozenge-shaped double-headed eagle stamp and a berry stamp. Triple fillets form the inner rectangle which is divided by further quadruple fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments decorated with the berry stamp and a small foliate stamp. Leather index tabs, some dyed red. The title is written in black ink in a fifteenth-century hand along the lower edge, showing that it was originally stored on its fore-edge. Both covers now detached. Rebacked.
Size: 312 × 218 × 76 mm.
Size of leaf: 300 × 204 mm.
On [a1r] an eight-line initial ‘I' is supplied in red and black, with red and black pen-work decoration, and extensions into the margins; other one- to three-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in red; underlining in red.
Provenance: Erased inscription on [a1r], unread under ultraviolet light. Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate with handwritten shelfmark ‘V.e.1': see Lee, Royal Book-plates, 41 no. 24; sale, pt I, lot 3863. Purchased for £8. 18. 6; see Books Purchased (1844), 31, where the date is given as 1476.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 5Q 5.41.
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