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Bod-Inc: P-047

Paulus Burgensis

Scrutinium scripturarum, et al.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Paulus Burgensis: Scrutinium scripturarum: [Preface]. Incipit: ‘  “[S]crutamini scripturas in quibus putatis uitam eternam habere . . .” [Io 5,39]. Christus uolens Iudeos instruere circa ipsius cognitionem . . .’

[a3r] Paulus Burgensis: Scrutinium scripturarum. Incipit: ‘O Paule. Audiui quod magister tuus dum uiueret dicebat magistris nostris . . .’ See P‑045.

L9r Schallus, Johannes(?): [Verse colophon.] Incipit: ‘Eterne laudes sint regi, luce superna | Qui dedit hoc cunctis, quod reseratur opus'; 4 elegiac distichs. See BMC VII 933.

M1r Alphonsus Boni Hominis: ‘Epistola prohemialis' [addressed to] Hugo [de Vaucemain]. PL CXLIX 335-6; see Kaeppeli I 48-55 no. 146.

M1v [List of contents, by chapters.]

M2r Samuel, Rabbi: Epistola contra Judaeorum errores. Translated by Alphonsus Boni Hominis. PL CXLIX 337-68; see M. C. Diaz y Diaz, Index Scriptorum Latinorum Medii Aevi Hispanorum (Madrid, 1959), 404-6 nos 2097-2102; Kaeppeli I 48-55 no. 147. Alphonsus Boni Hominis claims only to translate the Epistola of Rabbi Samuel but ‘it seems he himself was the author, drawing largely from another tract in Arabic' (Encyclopaedia Judaica).

N10r Schallus, Johannes(?): [Editorial note and second colophon.] Incipit: ‘Nota quod iste libellus uidetur fuisse occultatus per Iudeos . . .’


Imprint: Mantua: Johannes Schallus, 1475. Folio.


Collation: [a] b–o10.8 p–r8 A–K10.8 L10 M N10.


ISTC: ip00204000

Hain: HC 10765;

Goff: Goff P‑204;


Proctor: Pr 6898;

Others: CIBN P‑73; Oates 2586-7; Rhodes 1323; Sheppard 5630-1.

LCN: 14441345


Copy number: P-047(1)

Binding: Eighteenth-century half calf over pasteboards, covered with marbled paper, the edges of both covers subsequently covered with red morocco; green edged-leaves. ‘Porchetus Syluaticus' along the lower edge.

Size: 293 × 214 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 287 × 194 mm.

‘Registrato' in the lower margin of [a1r] and of A1r in a seventeenth-century(?) hand, brown ink.

On [a2v] an initial ‘P' is supplied in blue with brown pen-work decoration extending into the margin. On the same and the following page paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Italy (eighteenth century); bibliographical inscription on front endleaf: ‘Rarissimus. il de Bure cita l'Edizione di Magonza del 1478 trascurando la precedente edizione di Mantova del 1475 che è più rara e che mi costò £220.' Robert Finch (1783-1830); see Finch catalogue 257. Taylor Institution, University of Oxford; book-plate: ‘Bequeathed to the University by Robert Finch, M. A., of Balliol College'; shelfmark in blue ink: ‘V 197'. Transferred to the Bodleian in 1921.

SHELFMARK: Inc. d. I18.1475.1.

Copy number: P-047(2)

Wanting [a1,2]; A1 mutilated. On this copy see now G. J. Toomer, 'Capistrum Iudaeorum', BLR 23,1 (2010), 91-8.

Binding: Seventeenth-century blind-tooled (fillets only) calf; with sprinkled red- and blue-edged leaves. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of upper cover.

Size: 295 × 210 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 289 × 188 mm.

Marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in an early hand. Other marginal notes, mainly commenting on the text, in English, in a sixteenth/seventeenth-century hand.

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. On A1r remains of a decorative border, consisting of pink and blue flowers and gold dots, originally surrounding a decorated initial within a square gold ground, now cut out. Other initials are supplied in red or blue with purple or red pen-work decoration; paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 4: ‘Petrus Burgensis. Scrutinium scripturarum. -- 1424.(!)'; MS. Selden Supra 111, fol. 64r: ‘Pauli Burgensis Scrutin. scritur. fol. Par. 1434.', the latter reference corrected by Toomer (see above) at p. 97 to fol. 15v; on [a3r] his motto ‘ Περὶ παντὸς τὴν ἐλευθερίαν ’. Presented in 1659.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: N. 1.2 Th. Seld.

SHELFMARK: S. Seld. d.2.

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