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Bod-Inc: R-143

Rudimentum Novitiorum

Rudimentum novitiorum [French] La Mer des histoires.


Analysis of Content

[*1r] [First title-page.]

[*2r] La Mer des histoires. [Preface.] Incipit: ‘[P]our esmouuoir les courages des humains et les encliner a viure vertueusement . . .’ The anonymous translator remarks that he has included additional matter concerning the kings of France, and that he was engaged on the work at the time of the accession of Charles VIII in 1483. He says that he is a native of the district of Beauvais and has undertaken his task at the request of André de la Haye, seigneur de Chaumont.

ā1r [List of contents of part I, by chapter.]

a1r La Mer des histoires. Incipit: ‘[I]n principio creauit deus celum et terram. Pour euiter les grans erreurs . . .’ See R‑142.

hh9v [First colophon.]

A1r [Second title-page.]

2ā1r ‘Martirologe des sainctz'. Incipit: ‘[A]insi comme dit le pape Innocent . . .’

ō6v [Second colophon.]

ſſ1r [List of contents of part II, by chapter.]


Imprint: Paris: Pierre Le Rouge, 1488-9. Folio.

Remarks: In two parts, dated: (I) July 1488; (II) Feb. 1488/89.


Collation: Part I: [*4] ā8 a–z [et] aa–gg8 hh10; part II: A–X AA–MM8 NN10 2ā ē8 ī ō6 ſſ8.

Illustrations: Woodcuts, including 2 woodcut maps; see Campbell, Maps, 215 and 216.


ISTC: ir00346000

Hain: C 3991;

Goff: Goff R‑346;


Proctor: Pr 8092;

Others: CIBN R‑221; Claudin I 458; Hillard 1774; Oates 3007; Rhodes 1535; Sheppard 6294. Microfiche: Unit 4: Chronicles and Historiography Part I, CH 84.

LCN: 14029979


Copy number: R-143(1)

Bound in two volumes. Variant setting of vol. 1, air: ‘[P]our | euiter | les grās | erreurs | qui peu- | ent sour | dre . . .’

Binding: c.1700 English(?) gold-tooled red morocco. Gilt-edged leaves, marbled pastedowns.

Size: 425 × 305 × 65/75 mm.

Size of leaf: 414 × 292 mm.

Ruling with red ink. A few marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in French in a contemporary hand in brown ink. A print of ‘L'Escossois, L'Escossoise, La Sauuage d'Escosse, Le Capitaine Sauuage' is inserted in vol. 2.

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Capitals touched with yellow wash.

Provenance: Unidentified coat of arms on a1r of vol. 1, A2v and D3v of vol. 2, etc.: argent, three pales gules. Perhaps Edward, Lord Harley, later 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741); bought by Thomas Osborne; see Catalogus Bibliothecae Harleianae, I no. 6412. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 300, 301.

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