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Bod-Inc: R-090

Rodericus Zamorensis

Speculum vitae humanae.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] [Introduction.] Incipit: ‘Ad sanctissimum et beatissimum dominum dominum Paulum secundum pontificem . . .’

[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 dulciorque sit . . .’

[a5r] Rodericus Zamorensis: Speculum vitae humanae. Incipit: ‘[S]uper cunctas humanas temporalesque dignitates . . .’ See R‑083.

[q2r] [Versified explicit.] Incipit: ‘Edidit hoc lingue clarissima norma latine | Excelsi ingenii uir Rodoricus opus'; 3 elegiac distichs.

[q2v] ‘De materiis pertractandis in primo libro et de tabula capitulorum eius'.

[q7r] ‘Repertorium siue tabula per alphabetum'.


Imprint: [Paris: Au Soufflet Vert (Louis Symonel et Socii), c.1478.] Folio, 4° and 8°.

Remarks: As dated by Sheppard; CIBN dates [c.1476].


Collation: [a–f10 g h12 i–q10].


ISTC: ir00226000

Hain: H 13936;

Goff: Goff R‑226;


Proctor: Pr 7911A;

Others: CIBN R‑147; Sheppard 6119.

LCN: 14077450


Copy number: R-090(1)

Bound with 83 manuscript leaves containing various tracts in English hands, for which see A Descriptive, Analytical, and Critical Catalogue of the Manuscripts Bequeathed unto the University of Oxford by Elias Ashmole, ed. W. H. Black (Oxford, 1845), 1054-6.

Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled calf (fillets only) over wooden boards, with two metal clasps hinging from the upper cover and metal catches. On the clasps are impressed Ashmole's arms. Two square metal bosses, in the middle of the lower cover, lost. Rebacked. Yellow-edged leaves.

Size: 240 × 155 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 231 × 137 mm.

‘A. 1289' in brown ink on [q9v]. Occasional early marginal notes, extracting key words, and pointing hands.

Provenance: Elias Ashmole (1617-1692). Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1860.

SHELFMARK: Ashm. 1289.

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