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Bod-Inc: P-193

Petrus de Abano

Expositio Problematum Aristotelis cum textu (ed. Stephanus Illarius).


Analysis of Content

[*2r] [Table of contents.] ‘Tabula maxime proficua terminorum existentium in Problematibus Aristotelis . . .’

[a1v] Illarius, Stephanus: [Letter addressed to the readers.] Incipit: ‘Complures studiorum humanitatis sectatores atque satellites . . .’ Explicit: intelligatur occurrendum esse. Valete

[a1v] ‘Tabula.’

[a2r] [Petrus de Abano: Expositio Problematum Aristotelis. Edited by Stephanus Illarius.] Incipit: ‘[I]uxta sententiam Aristotilis secundo celi et mundi promptitudinem . . .’ Explicit: representat uel alterum, etc. See Lohr 28 (1972), 330-1, no. 1; Thorndike–Kibre 804; Ferrari, Pietro d'Abano, 677-8. Illarius' work as editor is recorded in his letter (see above).

[a2v] [Aristoteles: Problemata.] Incipit: ‘Primum problema. [P]ropter quid magne superhabundantie egritudinales . . .’ Explicit: est consumere humidum


Imprint: Mantua: Paulus de Butzbach, 1475. Folio.


Collation: [*4 a–c10 d–g10.8 h–n10 o–r8 s10 t u8 x10 y8 z10 A8 B10 C8 D6 E–H8 I K10].

Remarks: Collation as Sheppard; BSB‑Ink collates ‘[*4 a–d8.12 e–h6.12 i–m8.12 n8 o–r10.6 s12 t6 v–z10.8 A10 B8 C10 D4 E F6 G10 H6 I12 K L4]', and records 294 leaves.

Types: Types: 105 G, text of Aristotle; 78 G. Capital spaces.

Leaves: 300 leaves, 1, 299, and 300 blank. 2 columns.

Line number: 63 lines ([a4r]).

Type area: Type area: 246 ×174 mm ([a4r]).


ISTC: ia01044350

Hain: H *16;

Goff: Goff P‑436;

Proctor: Pr 6892;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑313; CIBN A‑552; Osler, IM 95; Pellechet 11; Rhodes 1367; Sheppard 5624. Microfiche: Unit 14: Medical Incunabula, Part IV, MI 27; Unit 21: Medical Incunabula, Part VI, MI 12.

LCN: 14488527


Copy number: P-193(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [*1] and [K9-10].

Sheppard notes that [a2] is made up, presumably on the basis of the different style of decoration used for the initials. Many leaves have been repaired.

Binding: Nineteenth-century(?) diced russia, backed with red morocco; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 422 × 290 × 67 mm.

Size of leaf: 410 × 275 mm.

Author and title are given in black ink in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand on the lower edge. Early marginal notes in red and black ink, in several hands, and including comments on the text, extraction of key words, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands, also running numbers and some headings for the Problemata. Irregular early manuscript foliation: 2-293. Squashed spider on [e1r].

On [a2r] a nine-line Italian (Mantua or Ferrara) initial ‘I' is supplied in pink and maroon with a blue central band, decorated in white, on a gold ground edged in black; also a five-line initial ‘E' in the same colours; in between the two columns of text is a border of green laurel leaves edged in gold and with feet and a pediment in maroon, pink, and white, surmounted by a vase in red, blue, and reserved white, containing flowers and foliate branches in red, green, yellow, blue, pink, orange, and brown, added in the early nineteenth century; on [e3v] a seven-line initial ‘E' is supplied in blue on a gold ground edged in black, and with foliate and floral decoration in green, pink, and white. Principal six- to eight-line Italian epigraphic initials are supplied in gold surrounded by white vine-stems defined in maroon, blue, and green, with white dots: see Pächt and Alexander II, 113, no. pr. 120; some four- to eight-line initials (`P') are supplied in gold on a ground of maroon, green, and blue decorated with white pen-work, the ground edged in gold or black; other two- to five-line initials, some with pen-work decoration and extensions in red, blue, or purple, and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Bernardo Perinelli (†1679); inscription on [*2r]: ‘Bernardi Perinelli Protomedici Ferrarie'. Purchased for £1. 14. 6; see Books Purchased (1855), 2.]

SHELFMARK: Auct. 5Q 1.2.

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