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Bod-Inc: M-325

Morticellarium Aureum


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r ‘Argumentum in presens opus'. Incipit: ‘[I]n hoc opusculo ex dictis doctorum compilato . . .’ Explicit: tabula legenti declarat

a2r ‘Tabula presentis operis'.

a5r ‘Prologus auctoris'. Incipit: ‘[C]um iuxta philosophorum primo methaphisice omnes homines . . .’ Explicit: documenta salubria

a7v Morticellarium aureum. Incipit: ‘[A]d istam mortis artem tria sunt notanda pro prima hac cellula . . .’ Explicit: mortem premeditabatur . . .Amen


Imprint: Antwerp: Gerard Leeu, 20 Feb. 1488. 4°.


Collation: a8 b–p6 q8 A–T6 V8.

Illustrations: Woodcut on a1r: see Conway part II, 252, sect. 12, no. 7.


ISTC: im00864000

Hain: HC *11619;

Goff: Goff M‑864;

BMC: BMC IX 190;

Proctor: Pr 9374;

Others: BSB‑Ink M‑576; Campbell–Kronenberg 1270; CIBN M‑549; HPT II 420; Inventaris, 154; ILC 1636; Oates 3906; Rhodes 1222; Sheppard 7219-20.

LCN: 14515189


Copy number: M-325(1)

The first line of the title has been erased.

Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) mottled calf over wooden boards.

Size: 220 × 153 × 52 mm.

Size of leaf: 209 × 143 mm.

Early marginal ‘nota' marks. In a sixteenth-century humanist hand, over the erasure in the inscription below, is an erased note: ‘In artibus [ ]dis [ ]culi'.

Paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red. The woodcut on the title-page is partly coloured in green wash and in red.

Provenance: Maria Laach, Eifel, Benedictines, BVM and S. Nikolaus; erased inscription in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand on a1r: ‘Liber monasterii beate Marie in Lacu in quo continetur [erasure]'. J. T. Hand (fl. 1834-1837), 1836; signature on the recto of the front endleaf dated 1836; purchased at his sale (1837), lot 130 (label on the spine), for £0. 3. 6; see Books Purchased (1837), 3, under ‘Ars moriendi'.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q inf. 1.42.

Copy number: M-325(2)

The upper section of a1, presumably containing an ownership inscription, has been cut away.

Binding: Early sixteenth-century panel-tooled calf over wooden boards; two clasps and catches lost. On both covers intersecting double fillets form frames, with a small flower-petal stamp at each intersection. The inner rectangle is decorated with a border containing the emblems of the Evangelists, animals (including a squirrel, a deer, a boar, a monkey, a dog, and a rabbit), and foliage, within which is a stamp of eight animals arranged in two vertical compartments (in the first column a monkey, a boar, a bull, and a unicorn, in the second a deer, a squirrel, a horse or dog, and a rabbit); for a similar binding see E‑056 = Douce 10. Rebacked for Douce with eighteenth/nineteenth-century red morocco.

Size: 219 × 154 × 48 mm.

Size of leaf: 210 × 142 mm.

Some early marginal annotations.

Paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red; the woodcut on the title-page and the device are coloured in red, yellow, blue, green, and brown wash.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 130.

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