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Bod-Inc: R-086

Rodericus Zamorensis

Speculum vitae humanae.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Introduction.] Incipit: ‘Ad sanctissimum et B. patrem et dominum Paulum ii P.M. . . .’

[a2r] Rodericus Zamorensis: [Dedicatory letter addressed to] Paulus II, Pont. Max. ‘Prologus'. Incipit: ‘Cogitanti mihi hanc munitissimam Romane tue urbis . . .’

[a4r] Rodericus Zamorensis: Speculum vitae humanae. ‘Prefatio'. Incipit: ‘[V]erum B. pater ut aptior doltiorque(!) sit . . .’

[a6r] ‘De materiis pertractandis in primo libro et de tabula capitulorum eius'.

[a11v] Rodericus Zamorensis: Speculum vitae humanae. Incipit: ‘[S]uper cunctas humanas temporalesque dignitates . . .’ See R‑083.

[q12v] [Versified explicit.] Incipit: ‘Edidit hoc lingue clarissima norma latine | Excelsi ingenii uir Rodoricus opus'; 3 elegiac distichs.

[q12v] [Colophon.]

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


Imprint: Rome: Johannes Philippus de Lignamine, 31 July 1473. Folio.


Collation: [a12 b–g10 h i8 k–p10 q12 *4].


ISTC: ir00220000

Hain: HC 13943;

Goff: Goff R‑220;


Proctor: Pr 3391;

Others: CIBN R‑142; Oates 1380; Sheppard 2713.

LCN: 14075776


Copy number: R-086(1)

Wanting [q10,11], also [a1], probably blank.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco. Gilt-edged leaves, marbled pastedowns, and green silk bookmark.

Size: 270 × 213 × 30 mm.

Size of leaf: 265 × 185 mm.

Manuscript guide letters and a few ‘nota' marks in an early hand in light brown ink. ‘B. J. D. B. | R. F.' in pencil on the verso of the front endleaf. ‘No. 491. P.' also in pencil on the same leaf, deleted. A ‘Registre pour collationer le Speculum vitae humanae . . .' providing the first few words of each folio of each gathering, in a seventeenth-century(?) French hand on a paper leaf attached to the front endleaf. ‘No. 50' (or 509) in brown ink on the upper margin of the rear endleaf.

On [a2r] and [k1r] large initials are supplied in interlocked red and blue, the former with brown pen-work decoration in the shape of a human face. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Paul Girardot de Préfond (†after c.1800); on the front pastedown, a small label of red leather stamped in gold: ‘Ex musæo Pauli Girardot de Prefond'. Justin, comte MacCarthy Reagh (1744-1811); sale (1815), lot 1525. Purchased for £3. 3. 0; see Books Purchased (1841), 34.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 5.2.

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