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Bod-Inc: R-142

Rudimentum Novitiorum

Rudimentum novitiorum.


Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Genealogical tables.]

[a2r] Rudimentum novitiorum. ‘Prologus'. Incipit: ‘  “[B]eatus vir qui in sapiencia morabitur” Ecclesi. xiiii. [Sir 14,22] ante finem tum quia studium sapiencie . . .’

[a4r] Rudimentum novitiorum. ‘Opera sex dierum. Ca. vi. de opere prime diei'. Incipit: ‘[I]n principio creauit deus celum et terram. Ieronimus in epistola ad Paulinum de omnibus sacre scripture libris dicit principium genesis est tantis obscuritatibus . . .’ The authorship has in the past been attributed to Brandis or Johannes de Columpna, neither of whom is currently accepted; see Campbell, Maps, 145. See Anne-Dorothee von den Brincken, ‘Universalkartographie und geographische Schulkenntnisse im Inkunabelzeitalter', in Studien zum städtischen Bildungswesen des späten Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit, ed. Bernd Moeller, Hans Patze, and Karl Stackmann, Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Göttingen, Philologisch-historische Klasse, 3rd ser. 137 (Göttingen, 1983), 398-429, at 398-411, 426-8; M. Herkenhoff, Die Darstellung außereuropäischer Welten in Drucken deutscher Offizinen des 15. Jahrhunderts (Berlin, 1996), 100-11.

[Q1r] [Martyrology.] Incipit: ‘[S]criptum est per Innocencium papam . . .’

[S5v] [Alphabetical list of contents.]


Imprint: Lübeck: Lucas Brandis, 5 Aug. 1475. Folio.


Collation: [* a10 b8 c d10 e f8 g h10 i12 k8+1 l10 m8 n–p10 q8 r s12 t14 v–y10 z6 [et]4 [us] [con] t̃ A–C10 D–I8.10 K10 L6 M N10 O8 P12 Q10 R12 S6 T12 V10 X6]; last gathering not as BMC.

Illustrations: Woodcuts, including 2 woodcut maps; see Campbell, Maps, 213 and 214.


ISTC: ir00345000

Hain: H *4996;

Goff: Goff R‑345;

BMC: BMC II 550;

Proctor: Pr 2610;

Others: Baer, Die Illustrierten Historienbücher, p. xxviii, no. 183; BSB‑Ink R‑283; CIBN R‑220; Hillard 1773; Oates 1180; Rhodes 1534; Schramm X p. 8; Schreiber V 5159; Sheppard 1890-2. Microfiche: Unit 4: Chronicles and Historiography Part I, CH 81.

LCN: 14029882


Copy number: R-142(1)

The last gathering is of six leaves, the last two blank. The second leaf as originally printed bore on the recto the woodcut of fol. [*4r] and was in consequence cancelled, as is shown by the stub of the leaf visible in this copy. A single leaf bearing on the recto the woodcut of [*5v] (`Ofni & finees') and not forming part of the gathering is inserted after [*5]; cf. BMC note on the Munich copy used by Hain. The initial C at the beginning of Aetas VI does not contain the cut of the Virgin and Child. Wanting the two blank leaves.

Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled calf (fillets only) over wooden boards, with metal corner-pieces. Gilt title on a rectangular green leather label at the head of the spine. Bosses and centre-piece lost. Index tabs made of little strips from parchment manuscripts and ending in a knot.

Size: 401 × 300 × 135 mm.

Size of leaf: 390 × 288 mm.

Bibliographical notes in Latin and French in a late eighteenth/nineteenth-century hand in brown ink, on a paper leaf pasted onto the front pastedown.

Manuscript foliation: i–ccccviii and the number of the ‘etas' heading the recto of each leaf in red ink. Occasional corrections and ‘nota' marks in an early hand in brown ink. On [H7v] a marginal note summarizing a key point relating to crosses.

Initials are supplied in red, the names in the cuts underlined (except in the preliminary gathering); paragraph marks and chapter heading underlining are supplied in red; capital strokes also in red.

Provenance: Roermond, Limburg, Canons Regular of the Holy Cross; inscriptions on [*1r] and on the leaf inserted after [*5]: ‘Conuentus Cruciferorum Ruremundae'; ‘Liber Fratrum Crucigerorum Ruraemundae'. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 278.

Copy number: R-142(2)

Wanting [*10] and sheet [P6]. Leaves [*8] and [*9] are transposed, and sheet [r6] is bound within gathering [o].

Binding: Sixteenth-century blind-tooled calf, with the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Rebacked. Remains of two sets of leather ties. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head and tail of upper cover. Red-edged leaves. ‘5' in black ink across the fore-edge. Triple fillets form a triple intersecting frame. No tooling within the outer frame. Within the following frame a double cresting roll. The inner rectangle is divided into four triangular sections by the diagonally run roll.

Size: 398 × 300 × 110 mm.

Size of leaf: 394 × 285 mm.

Manuscript foliation 1-432. Early signatures partially visible. Marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands in a sixteenth-century hand. ‘Lamone de Modam(?)' in an early French(?) hand on [X6v]; early inscription, almost completely erased, in French, on the rear endleaf: ‘Ce livre . . .’

Woodcuts, genealogical tables, and principal initials are painted in several colours; other initials are supplied in interlocked red and blue with black and red pen-work decoration, in red with blue or black pen-work decoration, or in blue with red pen-work decoration; paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Acquired by 1605: see James, Catalogus (1605), 300.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: C 4.1 Art; C 3.5 Art; Auct. P 1.1.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q 1.1.

Copy number: R-142(3)

Bound with A‑408; see there for details of binding and provenance.

Size of leaf: 280 × 205 mm.

Two fragments of [*4] and [*5] used as pastedowns.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 20.4(1).

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