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Bod-Inc: P-186

Petrus Comestor

Historia scholastica.


Analysis of Content

A2r Petrus Comestor: ‘Prologus epistolaris' [addressed to] Guilhelmus [de Champagne], Archbishop of Sens. See P‑184.

A2r ‘Tabula in historiam Genesis.’

A3r Petrus Comestor: Historia scholastica. See P‑184. The commentary on each book is preceded by a table of contents.


Imprint: Strasbourg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, and Henricus de Inguiler, 28 Aug. 1483. Folio.


Collation: A10 B–K8 L M6 a–k8 l ll6 m–s8 t u6.


ISTC: ip00462000

Hain: HC (+ Addenda) *5532;

Goff: Goff P‑462;

BMC: BMC I 102;

Proctor: Pr 436;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑304; Oates 177; Sack, Freiburg, 2767; Sheppard 353-4.

LCN: 14490009


Copy number: P-186(1)

Wanting the blank leaf A1.

Binding: Seventeenth-century blind-tooled calf; red-edged leaves. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the upper cover. On both covers double fillets form a frame. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 280 × 207 × 58 mm.

Size of leaf: 275 × 196 mm.

Some marginal notes and underlining in the text mainly in one seventeenth-century hand. Pen-trials on u6v in a sixteenth-century English hand.

Two- to eight-line initials are supplied in red or blue; capital strokes are supplied in red.

Provenance: Andrew Twe[ ] (fifteenth/sixteenth century); name on u6v: ‘Andreas Twe[ ]'. Edward Bernard (1638-1697); Wanley's list, p. 2, no. 122. Among the books purchased in 1697 from Bernard's widow.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: C 19. 5 Th. (`5' written across the fore-edge); D 1. 7 Th. (`7' written across the fore-edge).

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 2.9.

Copy number: P-186(2)

Wanting the blank leaves A1 and ll6.

Leaf u6 is backed.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled diced russia; yellow-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; the arms of Wodhull stamped in gilt on the upper cover. Scars of index tabs on E2, G5, H6, K2, L4, a1, b3, c4, e3, g2, g8, i2, i8, k5, l3, m1, and q7.

Size: 307 × 215 × 41 mm.

Size of leaf: 295 × 186 mm.

Occasional early marginal ‘nota' marks and underlining in the text in black ink. Bibliographical notes by Wodhull and Douce on the recto of the front endleaf.

Two- to eight-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, are supplied in red, blue, or interlocked red and blue; paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining are supplied in red. On A2r –A3r the text is enclosed within double red rules.

Provenance: Michael Wodhull (1740-1816); arms on the upper cover and bibliographical notes (see above); sale (24 Mar. 1803), lot 611. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate; bibliographical note (see above). Bequeathed in 1834.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Douce 254.

SHELFMARK: Douce 255.

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