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Bod-Inc: P-022




Analysis of Content

a1v Mombritius, Boninus: [Verse addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Quaeris grammatico librorum quanta suppellex | Sit satis impensa quam sibi nemo paret'; 16 elegiac distichs.

a2r Papias: [Preface addressed to his sons.] Incipit: ‘[F]ilii utique charissimi debui si potuissem . . .’ Explicit: Christus ad astra See P‑021.

a2v Papias: [Elementarium.] Incipit: ‘[A] littera in omnibus gentibus ideo prior est litterarum . . .’ Explicit: Zoroteros . . .uiuatior See P‑021.

[Rum11r] Papias: [Prayer of thanks for the book.] Incipit: ‘[I]nfinitas et multiplices benedictionis gratias iam deo patri referimus . . .’ Explicit: seculorum. Amen


Imprint: Venice: Andreas de Bonetis, 30 June 1485. Folio.


Collation: a–m8 n10 o–z & [con]8 12.


ISTC: ip00078000

Hain: HC *12379;

Goff: Goff P‑78;

BMC: BMC V 361;

Proctor: Pr 4817;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑11; CIBN P‑23; Hillard 1514; Oates 1902; Sheppard 3953-4.

LCN: 14440933


Copy number: P-022(1)

Binding: Contemporary Italian plain calf over wooden boards, with two metal catches and remains of one clasp; rebacked.

Size: 287 × 201 × 48 mm.

Size of leaf: 281 × 188 mm.

Pen-trials on [Rum11-12]. On the lower parchment pastedown are obituaries of the following religious of Aquila (presumably from the Franciscan house at Ocre): Brother Julianus Alamanus (†1486, ‘mortus est Aquile apud S. Ber[nardinum]'), Brother Vincentius de Aquila († 7 May 1504), Brother Liberatus d'Arisculo de Aquila († 23 Mar. 1511, ‘iacit in Sancto Ber[nardino]'), Brother Paulus alias Longus de Aquila (1447?- 4 July 1514), and Brother Antonius de Balneo (1429?-1515, ‘mortus est Aquile in loco S. Bernardini').

On a2r a ten-line initial ‘F' is supplied in black ink, with black pen-work decoration, and floral and foliate extensions into the margins; other three- to eight-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, are supplied in red; capitals touched with yellow wash. Irregular early manuscript foliation: 1-215.

Provenance: Ocre, near Aquila degli Abruzzi, Franciscans, S. Angelus; inscriptions, in a sixteenth-century hand(?), on a1r, a1v, and a2r: ‘S. Angelo d'Ocre'. Paulus Aretinus, ‘musicus' (sixteenth century); inscription on [Rum12v]: ‘Paulus Aretinus musicus per Lare [ ]'. Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate with handwritten shelfmark ‘O.g.1': see Lee, Royal Book-plates, 41 no. 24; not identified in sale catalogues. Purchased for £0. 5. 6; see Books Purchased (1845), 23.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 4.43.

Copy number: P-022(2)

Binding: Nineteenth-century(?) quarter green morocco, with brown marbled paper boards.

Size: 299 × 219 × 48 mm.

Size of leaf: 293 × 202 mm.

Copious early marginal and interlinear notes, including comments on the text and extraction of key words.

Some paragraph marks supplied in red.

Provenance: Marcus Mauritius Andreius (fifteenth/sixteenth century); inscription on a1r: ‘Marci Mauritii Andrei'. Circular stamp on a1r, a2r, and a3r: S G, a cross between, M below. J. B. Manegius(?) (seventeenth century?); inscription on a2r, signed round the circular SG stamp: ‘J. B. Manegi'. Ercole Giuseppe Silva, conte di Biandrate (1756-1840); stamp on a1r: see Bragaglia T‑45. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); Elenchus, no. 2399. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. H 2.6.

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