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Bod-Inc: R-083

Rodericus Zamorensis

Speculum vitae humanae.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Rodericus Zamorensis: [Dedicatory letter addressed to] Paulus II, Pont. Max. Incipit: ‘Cogitanti mihi hanc munitissimam Romane tue urbis . . .’

[a2v] Rodericus Zamorensis: Speculum vitae humanae. ‘Prefatio'. Incipit: ‘[V]erum B. pater ut aptior dultiorque sit . . .’

[a4v] ‘De materiis pertractandis in primo libro et de tabula capitulorum eius'.

[a9v] Rodericus Zamorensis: Speculum vitae humanae. Incipit: ‘[S]uper cunctas humanas temporalesque dignitates . . .’ See Bloomfield 5879; Juan Maria Laboa, Rodrigo Sanchez de Arévalo, alcaide de sant'Angelo (Madrid, 1973), especially at 279-83 on this work.

[p8r] [Versified explicit.] Incipit: ‘Edidit hoc lingue clarissima norma latine | Excelsi ingenii uir Rodoricus opus'; 3 elegiac distichs.

[p8r] [Verse colophon.] Incipit: ‘Hoc Conradus opus Suueynheym ordine miro | Arnoldusque simul Pannats una ede colendi'; 3 hexameters.

[*1r] ‘Repertorium siue tabula per alphabetum'.


Imprint: Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, 1468. 4°.


Collation: [a–f10 g8 h12 i–n10 o p8 *4].


ISTC: ir00214000

Hain: HC (+ Addenda) *13939;

Goff: Goff R‑214;


Proctor: Pr 3292;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑58; CIBN R‑136; Hillard 1752; Oates 1357; Osler, IM, 2; Sheppard 2601. Microfiche: Unit 8: Printing in Italy Before 1472 Part II, PI 67.

LCN: 14075715


Copy number: R-083(1)

Gathering [*] is here bound first.

Binding: Nineteenth-century gold-tooled straight-grained green morocco. Marbled pastedowns.

Size: 280 × 205 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 270 × 192 mm.

A contemporary Italian humanist hand has provided manuscript headings in faded red ink to books 1 and 2, running chapter headings, and occasional summaries of the text. A marginally later hand, maybe German, has touched the incipits in brown ink and added some marginal notes, mainly extraction of key words, pointing hands, and underlining. On [e1r] the impression of an oval stamp, very faded.

Initials on [a1] and [i1] are supplied in blue with white pen-work decoration on a square gold ground edged in black. The area defined by the letter is decorated with red and green floral and foliate decoration and it extends into the margin to form a border, with gold dots; see Pächt and Alexander II, 106 no. pr. 3 (Rome). Other initials are supplied in red or blue with brown or red pen-work decoration. Paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Antoine Augustin Renouard (1765-1853); sale (1830), lot 1049. Purchased at the Renouard sale for £4. 14. 6; Books Purchased (1830), 20.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 3.20.

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