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Bod-Inc: P-256


Pharetra doctorum et philosophorum.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Preface.] Incipit: ‘[I]n conuersionis mee primordio cum pro mentis recreacione sanctorum . . .’ Explicit: eorundem sententie coaptantur On the Pharetra, and its authorship (sometimes ascribed to Bonaventura or Albertus Magnus) see Distelbrink 178.

[a2r] ‘Nomina doctorum.’ Incipit: ‘[A]mbrosius. Anastasius. Augustinus . . .’

[a3r] ‘Tabula materiarum in generali.’ Incipit: ‘[D]e abbate. [D]e abbatissa. [D]e abysso . . .’

[b1r] [Pharetra doctorum et philosophorum.] Incipit: ‘[D]e abbate. Gregorius in Registro ad Anastasium abbatem, Huius te precepti serie commonemus . . .’ Explicit: ymbres adinstar gurgitu


Imprint: [Strasbourg: Johann Mentelin, not after 1472]. Folio.


Collation: [a8 b–r10 s12 t–z A–M10 N8 O6].


ISTC: ip00571000

Hain: HC 12908;

Goff: Goff P‑571;

BMC: BMC I 56;

Proctor: Pr 225;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑420; CIBN P‑300; Oates 88; Rhodes 1395; Sack, Freiburg, 2851; Sheppard 154.

LCN: 13911988


Copy number: P-256(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1.8] and [O6].

Binding: Eighteenth-century red morocco; triple fillets in gilt on each cover; gold-tooled spine and turn-ins; gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 379 × 302 × 77 mm.

Size of leaf: 362 × 274 mm.

Occasional early marginal annotations, including pointing hands, and ‘nota' marks, in black ink, in red, and in crayon. Early manuscript title on [a2r]: ‘Liber Pharetra vocatur'.

On [a2r] an initial ‘I' running down the inner margin is supplied in interlocked red and blue with blue pen-work decoration; other principal eight-line initials are supplied in red, with the area defined by the letter decorated with black pen-work; other one- to nine-line initials, paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining are supplied in red; guide-letters for initials are supplied in black ink.

Provenance: Inscription on [a2r], unread under ultraviolet light. Cardinal Étienne Charles Loménie de Brienne (1727-1794); inscription on the recto of the front endleaf: ‘Ex bibliotheca Cardinalis de Lomenie. v [Laire] catal. eius bibliothecæ to. 1 p. 105 no. 41'; see François-Xavier Laire, Index librorum, part 1, 105 no. 41. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 276.

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