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Bod-Inc: R-067

Richardus de Sancto Victore

De arca mystica sive Benjamin maior.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r ‘Annotatio capitulorum libri primi'. A similar index precedes each book.

a2v Richardus de Sancto Victore: De arca mystica [sive Benjamin maior]. PL CXCVI 63-192 (liber V cap. XIX); see Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum, 7324.


Imprint: [Basel: Johann Amerbach], 1494. 8°.


Collation: a–r8 s4 t8.


ISTC: ir00194000

Hain: HC (+ Addenda) *13912,1;

Goff: Goff R‑194,1;


Proctor: Pr 7603, 7602;

Others: BSB‑Ink R‑175; CIBN R‑124; Sack, Freiburg, 3070; Sheppard 2444.

LCN: 14113113


Copy number: R-067(1)

Bound with:
1. Richardus de Sancto Victore, De duodecim patriarchis. [Basel: Johann Amerbach], 1494 (R‑068(1)).

Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with metal clasps and catches. Centre- and corner-pieces lost. Later manuscript title and shelfmark (`F. [ ]II') in brown ink on paper labels respectively at the head and tail of the spine. Leather index tabs. Triple fillets form a double frame. Within the outer frame a repeated foliate staff stamp. Diagonal triple fillets divide the inner rectangle into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, each decorated with a fleuron stamp; a small rosette stamp at the intersection of the fillets.

Size: 153 × 105 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 143 × 98 mm.

Erased early inscriptions, in German, on the front and rear pastedown in brown ink.

Principal initials are supplied in blue with red pen-work decoration. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Regensburg, Bavaria, Benedictines, S. Emmeramus; inscription on a1r of item 1: ‘Monasterii S. Emmerani'; included in the 1501 catalogue of the monastery; probably part of the collection of Erasmus Daum (Dawm), sub-prior (d.1504); see Wagner, ‘St Emmeram', 201, no. M11. J. T. Hand (fl. 1834-1837); signature dated 1835 and a bibliographical note dated 1836 on endleaf; sale (1837), lot 44; purchased for £0. 3. 0: see Books Purchased (1837), 34.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 6.20(2).

Copy number: R-067(2)

Bound with G‑082; see there for details of binding, decoration and provenance.

Size of leaf: 145 × 101 mm.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 24.6(4).

Copy number: R-067(3)

Binding: English gold-tooled brown morocco, by Douglas Cockerell, dated 1901. On both covers the border is made of linked rectangles, with three small leaves inlaid with green at each corner, and the arms of C. H. St John Hornby on the upper cover; author's name and title gold-tooled at the head of the upper cover; panelled back. Early manuscript author's name and title along the fore-edge, author's name along the lower edge.

Size: 152 × 105 × 25 mm.

Size of leaf: 146 × 100 mm.

A cutting containing an initial ‘E' supplied in blue with red pen-work decoration on parchment, from a fourteenth-century(?) liturgical noted manuscript, is preserved inside the upper cover. Also the description of this book from the Sotheby's Hely-Hutchinson auction catalogue, attached to the front endleaf. On the recto of the front endleaf, bibliographical notes in Italian in Hornby's hand. Occasional early marginal notes, mainly providing corrections to the text, and ‘nota' marks in the shape of trefoils, in brown ink.

Principal initials are supplied in interlocked red and blue. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Paris, Celestines, S. Maria (fifteenth/sixteenth century); inscription on t8v: ‘Celestinorum de Parisius | sign[atus] 459'. C. H. St John Hornby (1867-1946); evidence of binding (see above); two book-plates, ‘From the Library of C. H. St John Hornby, Shelley House, Chelsea', and an illustrated book-plate, showing printers at work, and inscribed, ‘Les hommes sont meschants mais leurs livres sont bons. C. H. St John Hornby'; bibliographical notes (see above); on the verso of the front endleaf: ‘My first Incunable. C H S J H 1900'. John Hely-Hutchinson (1881-1955); book-plate dated 1947: ‘John Hely-Hutchinson Chippenham Lodge, Ely'; sale (1956), lot 497. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate; purchased in 1956 for £31; accession no. ‘R 1436'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 71.29.

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