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Bod-Inc: M-184

Melber, Johannes

Vocabularius praedicantium, sive Variloquus. Compiled with the assistance of Jodocus Eichmann.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Si te materne remoratur inertia lingue | Quominus ad populum fundere verba queas'; 4 elegiac distichs.

a2r [Introduction recording the contribution of Jodocus Eichmann.] Incipit: ‘[S]i iuxta naturalem consonamque proprietatem Latinorum cupias esse . . .’ Explicit: originem series opusculi

a2r [Melber, Johannes: Vocabularius praedicantium, sive Variloquus. Compiled with the assistance of Jodocus Eichmann.] Incipit: ‘[A]bba est hebreum, vatter. Abba pater vatter vatter . . .’ Explicit: talium animalium fortitur In this edition the work is attributed to Jodocus on the title-page. See M‑181.


Imprint: [Strasbourg: Martin Schott, not after 1487]. 4°.

Remarks: As dated by Sheppard, from the rubricator's date in the second copy (see below); BSB‑Ink dates [not after 1484].


Collation: a–x8 y z6.


ISTC: im00465000

Hain: H *11030;

Goff: Goff M‑465;

BMC: BMC I 94;

Proctor: Pr 398;

Others: BSB‑Ink M‑313; Claes no. 65; Sheppard 329-30.

LCN: 14456678


Copy number: M-184(1)

Bound with:
2. Nicolaus Perottus, Rudimenta grammatices. [Strasbourg: Printer of the 1481 ‘Legenda Aurea', c.1482] (P‑117).

Binding: Contemporary German (Cologne, Kyriß workshop no. 100) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with two clasps and remains of two catches. On both covers intersecting triple fillets form concentric frames. Within the inner frame is a repeated small flower-petal stamp (Kyriß pl. 203, no. 10). Further triple fillets form the inner rectangle which is divided into rectangular and triangular compartments, decorated with a foliate stamp, a tiny flower-petal stamp (Kyriß pl. 203, no. 12), a small stamp of ‘three dots and a dash' (Kyriß pl. 203, no. 7), and a circular rosette stamp (Kyriß pl. 203, no. 13). An early paper manuscript label at the head of the upper cover, and one on the spine with the figure ‘IV'.

Size: 210 × 150 × 72 mm.

Size of leaf: 200 × 141 mm.

Early marginal annotations, including comments on the text, ‘nota' marks, pointing hands, and underlining in black ink. Four paper leaves of a manuscript treatise on rhetoric, beginning: ‘Rethoricalis pericia delectabilis atque iocunda non sine causa existit . . .' have been bound at the end.

Provenance: Gregorius Raminger (Engelhart) (fl. 1482/3-1488); inscription on the front pastedown: ‘Gregorius Raminger dictus Engelhart Artium Magister et Sacellanus in Nordlingen. Senatui ibidem hunc librum legauit'. Nördlingen, Bavaria, Ratsbibliothek. Probably purchased during the 1850s, judging from the shelfmark.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 5.1(1).

Copy number: M-184(2)

Bound with:
2. Julianus Pomerius, De vita contemplativa. [Speier: Peter Drach], 1487 (P‑432(1)).

Wanting z6.

Binding: Sixteenth-century German calf over wooden boards; two clasps and catches lost. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the lower cover and the foot of the upper cover. On both covers intersecting triple fillets form an outer frame. Further triple fillets form the inner rectangle, which is divided by triple fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments. Remains of an early manuscript label at the head of the upper cover.

Size: 211 × 153 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 201× 146 mm.

The rear parchment endleaf is a fragment from a fifteenth-century manuscript breviary; the parchment reinforcing slips at front and back are presumably from the same book.

Three- and four-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red. The rubricator has dated his work ‘1487' on a1r. On g8v of item 2 two medical recipes, ‘Contra pestilenciam' and ‘Contra morbum epidemie', both in the same fifteenth/sixteenth-century German hand; on the inside of the lower cover a note in German, apparently in the same hand as the recipes.

Provenance: Albert Cohn; perhaps Catalogue 168, either no. 267 or no. 268. Perhaps the copy purchased from Cohn for either 10 or 12 Marks: see Library Bills, 5 Nov. 1885, no. 319.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 6.21(1).

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