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Bod-Inc: P-189

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: Basel: [Johann Amerbach], 25 Nov. 1486. Folio.

Remarks: The colophon states the date of printing as ‘post festum Katherine'.


Collation: a b8 c–h8.6 i6 k–p8.6 q–s6 t8 v x6 y8 z6 A B8 C–G6 H8 I II K6.


ISTC: ip00465000

Hain: HC 5535 = H 5537;

Goff: Goff P‑465;


Proctor: Pr 7572;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑306; CIBN P‑226; Oates 2773; Sack, Freiburg, 2769; Sheppard 2423.

LCN: 14489996


Copy number: P-189(1)

For this copy see Coates–Jensen 255-6, no. 24.

Wanting sheet B1.8, and the blank leaf K6.

Binding: Contemporary English blind-tooled calf over wooden boards; two clasps and catches lost. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the upper cover. On both covers intersecting triple fillets form concentric frames; triple fillets form the inner rectangle which is divided by further triple fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library is on both covers.

Size: 298 × 220 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 290 × 209 mm.

Pastedowns from a fourteenth-century parchment manuscript on canon law.

In the outer margin of a4r is a list scratched in drypoint of members of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1548-52, including [Thomas] Basset (admitted 1551, Scholar 1552), [Christopher] Gill (admitted 1550, Scholar 1552), [Edward] Anne (admitted 1550), [William] Nayler (admitted 1549, Scholar 1552), with some names repeated; see Thomas Fowler, The History of Corpus Christi College, with Lists of its Members, Oxford Historical Society, 25 (Oxford, 1893), 386-7.

On g6v an eight-line initial ‘T' is supplied in red on a hatched red ground, with pen-work extensions into the margins, and illuminated with a basilisk spewing foliage; other two- to five-line initials are supplied in red over printed guide-letters; some erroneously supplied red initials are corrected in black ink, for example, on d6v, where the error is due to an incorrect guide-letter.

Provenance: London, Crutched Friars of Holy Cross, inscription on a1r in a fifteenth-century hand: ‘Et pertinet fratribus sancte Crucis iuxta Turrim Londiniarum'. Thomas Garaway (sixteenth century); heavily erased inscription on air: ‘Liber Thomæ Garaway p[re]s[byter].' John Barcham/Barkham (1572?–1642). Presented by him in 1602; inscription on a1r: ‘Liber Universitatis Oxoniensis ex dono Johannis Barchami collegii Corporis Christi socii'; Benefactors' Register I 49; Jensen, ‘Benefactors' Register', no. 73.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: C 12. 4 Th. (James, Catalogus (1605)), although no trace of this shelfmark is to be found. C 17. 4 Th. (James, Catalogus (1620), shelfmark cancelled on the title-page); D 3. 10 Th. (shelfmark cancelled on the title-page and, on the fore-edge, ‘10' in black ink, on the spine in white paint ‘10').

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 2.10.

Copy number: P-189(2)

Not in Sheppard.

Bound with A‑146(3); see there for details of binding and provenance.

Leaf n6 only.

Size of fragment: 293 × 202 mm.

Two-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red.

SHELFMARK: Gibson 403*(3).

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