Medulla dialectices, et al.
Analysis of Content
a1v Pardus, Michael: [Dedicatory letter addressed to] ‘ad scolasticos'. Incipit: ‘Sepius interocitandum(!) liberalium artium cupidi adolescentes . . .’
a1v Chappusius, Nicolaus: Epigramma [addressed to] the reader. ‘Nicolai Chappusot Bisuntici Rubei montensis Ad huiusce operis lectorem Epigramma'.’ Incipit: ‘Optima priscorum est aetas celebranda virorum | Et merita semper laude ferenda venit'; 13 elegiac distichs.
a2r Pardus, Hieronymus: Medulla dialectices. Incipit: ‘[A]pud Platonem Intheage scripto relictum est Non est diuinius aliquid de quo hoc consulere queat . . .’
Imprint: Paris: Félix Baligault, 7 May 1500. Folio.
Collation: a8 b6 c–q8 r6 s–z A–I8.
Types: Types: 180 G, title; 85 G, first line of each main paragraph; 75 GB, text. Printer's device on a1r: device B; see BMC VIII p. 170, with verses nos 1, 4 and 6.
Leaves: 252 leaves, the last blank.
Line number: 55 lines plus headline; 2 columns (a2r).
Type area: Type area: 208 (212) ×125 (with marginalia 141) mm (a2r).
Illustrations: Woodcut initials.
Hain: HCR 12414;
Proctor: Pr 8265;
Others: CIBN P‑27; Hillard 1516; Sack, Freiburg, 2646; Sheppard 6444.
Copy number: P-029(1)
Binding: Contemporary English (Oxford, the 'Dragon Binder') blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with yellow-edged leaves. Two clasps and catches lost. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at tail of upper cover. Triple fillets form an intersecting double frame. Diagonal triple fillets divide the inner rectangle into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, each decorated with a lozenge-shaped dragon stamp; see Oldham, Blind-stamped Bindings, pl. xv, no. 146; G. D. Hobson, English Binding before 1500, Sandars Lectures, Cambridge, 1927 (Cambridge, 1929), 24. The binding is listed by Graham Pollard in his notes on Oxford bindings, Bodleian Library, MS. Pollard 326, fol. 39 ('Bindery XVIII').
Size: 290 × 210 × 50 mm.
Size of leaf: 273 × 198 mm.
Fragments from two parchment manuscripts form pastedowns: the front pastedown is from a fourteenth-century(?) manuscript, the back one from a fifteenth-century manuscript.
‘1983' in brown ink in the lower margin of a1r.
Provenance: Acquired by 1738; see Fysher, Catalogus, II 275; copies also recorded in James, Catalogus (1605), 621 (P 2.15 [Art]) and in James, Catalogus (1620), 373 (P 2.7 [Art]), although these shelfmarks do not appear in P‑029.
Former Bodleian shelfmark: H 7.4 Art (Fysher; ‘4' painted in white at head of the spine and black across the fore-edge).
SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 3.15.
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