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Bod-Inc: P-187

Petrus Comestor

Historia scholastica.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

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: [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner)], ‘post' 24 Feb. 1485. Folio.


Collation: a b8 c–h8.6 i–o6.8 p–s6 t8 v x6 y8 z6 A8 B–G8.6 H–K8.

Remarks: Leaf a1 unsigned, a2 signed a, a3 a2, etc.


ISTC: ip00463000

Hain: H *5533;

Goff: Goff P‑463;

BMC: BMC I 132;

Proctor: Pr 593;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑305; CIBN P‑225; Sack, Freiburg, 2768; Sheppard 458.

LCN: 14490087


Copy number: P-187(1)

Wanting the blank leaf K8.

Sheets i1.6 and i2.5 have changed places in binding.

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards; two clasps and catches lost; four corner-pieces and central bosses on each cover lost. On both covers intersecting fillets form a frame within which is a lozenge-shaped arrow and heart stamp. Fillets form the inner rectangle which is divided by further triple fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments decorated with a large circular rosette stamp, a pentagonal rosette stamp, a lozenge-shaped lion rampant stamp(?), and a rectangular stamp, now too worn for identification. At the head of the upper cover are two parchment labels, one bearing the name of the author of the work and its title in black ink in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand, the other a shelfmark in red (`O.16').

Size: 292 × 211 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 285 × 187 mm.

Provenance: Amberg, Bavaria, Franciscans, S. Bernardinus Senensis; inscription on a2r in a seventeenth-century(?) hand: ‘Ad bibliothecam PP. Francisc. Amberge'; stamp on upper edge. Duplicate from Royal Library, Munich; ‘Duplum' in black ink on the front pastedown. Acquired between 1847 and c.1892, possibly in 1850; not in Catalogus (1843) with Appendix.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 5Q 5.46.

Copy number: P-187(2)

Not in Sheppard.

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled calf (bound by ‘Thomas'?) over wooden boards; two metal clasps and catches; five bosses on the upper cover and four on the lower lost. On both covers intersecting triple fillets form a frame within which is a lozenge-shaped unicorn stamp, a small rosette stamp, a small circular letter ‘A' stamp, and a small circular flower-petal stamp; at the head of the upper cover only is a single scroll stamp bearing the name ‘Thomas'. On both covers triple fillets form the inner rectangle which is divided by further intersecting triple fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments, decorated with the unicorn stamp, the rosette stamp, and the flower-petal stamp. The spine is decorated with the flower-petal stamp, but has been painted over in grey/white, and bears the name of the author in black and the shelfmark in red and black (`A.III.22'). Leather index tabs.

Size: 306 × 208 × 69 mm.

Size of leaf: 293 × 203 mm.

Pastedown on the lower cover consists of three parchment fragments from a fourteenth-century manuscript of a psalterium feriatum.

Biblical quotation with commentary on a1r in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand, with incipit, ‘Proverbiorum xx [Prv 20,28]. “Misericordia et veritas custodiunt regem et clementia roboratur thronus eius.” Pernota iusti[ ]a quod sunt regna non magna . . .’

One- to nine-line initials, some with extensions into the margins or pen-work decoration, paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining are supplied in red.

Provenance: Michael Doyler (fifteenth/sixteenth century); inscription on a1r: ‘Michael Doyler est possessor presentis libri'. Cheb, Bohemia, Dominicans(?); washed inscription in a seventeenth-century(?) hand on a2r: ‘Conuentus Egrensis S. Wenceslai sancti ordinis Predicatorum'. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate; purchased from Heinrich Rosenthal (1879-1960) in 1955 for £28; accession no. ‘R 1390'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 79.2.

Copy number: P-187(3)

Not in Sheppard.

Wanting the blank leaf K8.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half red leather, with gold-tooled spine, over pasteboards, covered with brown cloth; mottled red-edged leaves.

Size: 290 × 214 × 42 mm.

Size of leaf: 282 × 206 mm.

Early marginal annotations, including extraction of key words, pointing hands, and ‘nota' marks. Letter from C. Hindle, Bodleian Library, to ‘Capt. B. Lawn', dated 18 June 1941, relating to the collation and edition, annotated on the reverse by Lawn.

On a2r a nine-line initial ‘R' is supplied in red with reserved white decoration, within a red pen-work frame, and with red pen-work extensions into the margin. Initials, some with reserved white decoration, and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Willebrord Brevoet (sixteenth century); inscription on a1r: ‘Ex libris domini Willebrordi Brevoet decani et pastoris in Loon residentiæ Soctis Jesu Grauelingæ legalis nunc collegii eiusdem Soctis Audomari'. Dr Brian Lawn (1905-2001); book-plate; purchased from Beach in 1941 for £8 (catalogue, p. 4); catalogue, pp. 4, 127. Bequeathed in 2001.

SHELFMARK: Lawn d.4.

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