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Bod-Inc: P-171

Petrarca, Francesco

Secretum de contemptu mundi, et al.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Petrarca, Francesco: Secretum de contemptu mundi. See P‑149.

[2a1r] [List of contents.]

[2a2v] Petrarca, Francesco: De vita solitaria [dedicated to] Philippus de Cabassole, bishop of Cavaillon. See P‑149.


Imprint: [Strasbourg: The R‑printer (Johann Mentelin and Adolf Rusch), not after 1473]. Folio.

Remarks: Treated as two separate editions in Sheppard, Pr, BMC, and BSB‑Ink. However, the observations put forward by CIBN for a single edition in two parts, that is to say, the same paper, types, and justification, the same contemporary binding and running early signatures, apply to the Bodleian copies.


Collation: Part I: [a10 b8 c10 d e8 f10]; part II: [2a b10 c d8 e f10 g10+1 h i8 k6].


ISTC: ip00412000, ip00417000

Hain: H *12800; HC (+ Addenda) 12796;

Goff: Goff P‑412, P‑417;

BMC: BMC I 61;

Proctor: Pr 231, 232;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑277, P‑265; CIBN P‑165; Fiske, pp. 61, 30-1; Rhodes 1362; Sack, Freiburg, 2744, 2746; Sheppard 216-17.

LCN: 14494331


Copy number: P-171(1)

Bound with P‑169; see there for details of binding, decoration, and provenance.

Size of leaf: 270 × 190 mm.

The initials at the beginning of each book are supplied in blue with red pen-work decoration. Other initials are supplied in red.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 3.30(2).

Copy number: P-171(2)

Not in Sheppard.

Part II misbound in the following order: gatherings a, e, d, c, b, f, etc.

Binding: Contemporary German (Würzburg, Carmelites) calf over wooden boards, with two metal catches and remains of clasps. Quadruple fillets form a triple frame. Within the outer frame a ‘Maria' scroll (Schwencke–Schunke 179) with, on either side, small circular and square floral stamps and small circular dots. Within the following frame, the scroll stamp and a repeated bunch of grapes stamp. Double fillets divide the inner rectangle into five horizontal compartments, decorated with the scroll stamp and with an eagle, a lion, and a horse stamp (Schwencke–Schunke 321, 238, and 12), all ascribed to the Würzburg Carmelites; see Schwencke–Schunke–Rabenau 316. On the lower cover the eagle, the lion, and ‘Maria' scroll stamps are incorporated into a frame of fillets surrounding a central rectangle of diagonal fillets. Ex informatione Jürgen Geiß, 19 June 1997 and Aug. 1998 (also provenance).

Size: 300 × 218 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 288 × 216 mm.

The front pastedown consists of a manuscript copy, on parchment, of a papal bull, in a fifteenth-century hand. The rear pastedown consists of a manuscript German text, on parchment, in a cursive fifteenth-century(?) hand.

Notes that correspond with the misbound gatherings in a contemporary hand. A bibliographical note in pencil in A. Ehrman's hand on front endleaf.

On [a1r] a five-line German initial ‘A' is supplied in red and pink, with the area defined by the letter in azure with gold pen-work decoration, and with partly obliterated green pen-work extensions into the margin. Below, a red stem turns into a green acanthus leaf with a green stem along the remaining part of the inner margin broken by two golden dots, extending into the lower margin as a red stem with red foliage and gold decoration. On [a2v] a four-line initial ‘Q' is supplied in red with extension into the outer margin as a green branch with broad blue and red foliage and flowers. Similar decoration is supplied for other major initials. Other initials are supplied in red or blue; paragraph marks and capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Würzburg, Bavaria, Carmelites; binding (see above). Johannes Feuerer (Fewrer) (c.1440/50-after 1502); inscription on front endleaf:‘Iste liber pertinet domino Johanni Fewerer'. Bamberg, Bavaria, Dominicans (early sixteenth century); inscription on front endleaf: ‘Hunc librum donauit dominus Johannes Fewerer Conuentui Bambergensi Ordinis Predicatorum'. Nuremberg, Dominicans (before 1543); inscription on the same leaf: ‘Et idem Conuentus dedit Conuentui Nurembergensi pro Ysidoro Ethymologiarum multa meliora etcetera'. Sydney Richardson Christie-Miller (1874-1931); pencil note inside the upper cover: ‘Britwell sale Aug. 1907'. Charles Stephen Ascherson (†1945); book-plate. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); book-plate; purchased in 1945 for £150; accession no. ‘R 331'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 33.5.

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