Liber chronicarum, et al.
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[*1r] [Woodcut title-page of the index.] ‘Registrum huius operis libri cronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus ab inicio mundi'.
[a1r] Schedel, Hartmann: Liber chronicarum. [Prologue.] ‘Epitoma operum sex dierum de mundi fabrica prologus'.’ Incipit: ‘[C]um apud doctissimos et prestantissimos uiros qui ueram naturam et historiam tradiderunt de mundi fabrica . . .’ Dated Nuremberg, 23 May 1493.
[a2r] Schedel, Hartmann: Liber chronicarum. Incipit: ‘In principio creauit deus celum et terram. Terra autem erat inanis et uacua . . .’ An almost unaltered rewriting of Jacobus Philippus de Bergamo's Supplementum Chronicarum, with the addition of other Italian sources. See D. C. Duniway, ‘A Study of the Nuremberg Chronicle', Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America, 35 (1941), 17-34; A. Wilson, The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle (Amsterdam, 1976), 26-8; VL VIII 608-21, at 616-21. For the use of Nuremberg, Stadtbibliothek, MS. Cent.II 98, see also Ford, ‘Author's Autograph', no. 24.
[E2r] Schedel, Hartmann: Liber chronicarum [Continuation]. Incipit: ‘[Q]uod erat officium suscepti libri auspice Christo . . .’
[F1r] [Introduction to Pius II's work.] Incipit: ‘[V]eteres rerum scriptores parcissime de Germania locuti sunt . . .’ Explicit: in primis perlustrabimus’
[F2r] Piccolomini, Aeneas [Sylvius: In Europam. Preface addressed to] Antonius [de la Cerda], Cardinal of Lerida. Incipit: ‘Podagrantem me nuper et artheticis doloribus . . .’ Dated Rome, 29 Mar. 1458.
[F2r] Piccolomini, Aeneas [Sylvius: In Europam.] Incipit: ‘Que sub Friderico tercio eius nominis imperatore apud Europeos . . .’ Aeneas Silvius, Opera quae extant omnia (Basel, 1571), 387-471; see P‑330 and N. Casella, ‘Pio II tra geografia e storia: la “Cosmographia"', Archivio della Società romana di storia patria, 95 (1972), 35-112; K. A. Vogel, Hartmann Schedel als Kompilator. Notizen zu einem derzeit kaum bestellten Forschungsfeld, in 500 Jahre Schedelsche Weltchronik, ed. S. Füssel (Nuremberg, 1994), 73-97.
[L3r] [Presentation of the map.] Incipit: ‘Declaraturus situm ymaginemque Germanie in sequenti tabella depictam occurrit dictum Strabonis libro septimo . . .’ Explicit: que omnia ne tedii arguar omitto’
[L3v] [Map of Europe.]
[M1r] ‘De Sarmacia regione Europe'. ‘De regno Polonie et eius initio'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uoniam de Bolestao (qui tercius Sarmacie rex existit) paulo post mentio fiet . . .’
[M5v] [Verse.] ‘Ad deum optimum maximum de his que mirabilia gessit pro iustissimo et excelso Maximiliano rege Romanorum'. Incipit: ‘Auctor et princeps operose mundi | Quique deceptis opifer fuisti'; 17 sapphic stanzas. L. Grote, ‘Kaiser Maximilian in der Schedelschen Weltchronik', Mitteilungen des Vereins für Geschichte der Stadt Nürnberg, 62 (1975), 60-83, at 76-80.
Imprint: Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 12 July 1493. Folio.
Collation: [* **6 ***8 a6 b–d4 e–h6 i2 k4 l–n6 o2 p q6 r–y4 z aa–cc6 dd2 ee6 ff4 gg–ii6 kk2 ll4 mm–zz A–K6 L4 M6].
Illustrations: Woodcuts by Wolgemut, Pleydenwurff, and Albrecht Dürer; see Wilson, Making of Nuremberg Chronicle. Two woodcut maps; see Campbell, Maps, 219 and 220.
Hain: HC *14508;
Goff: Goff S‑307;
BMC: BMC II 437;
Proctor: Pr 2084;
Others: BSB‑Ink S‑195; CIBN S‑161; Hillard 1814; Oates 1026-9; Rhodes 1595; Sack, Freiburg, 3181-2; Schramm XVII p. 9; Schreiber V 5203; Sheppard 1520-1. Microfiche: Unit 3: Image of the World: Geography and Cosmology, GC 118; Unit 5: Chronicles and Historiography: Part II, CH 80.
LCN: 14052640, 14052658
Copy number: S-108(1)
Wanting the blank leaf [D6].
Binding: Contemporary Netherlandish blind-tooled calf over wooden boards; brass bosses, fastenings of clasps (see J. A. Szirmai, The Archaeology of the Medieval Book (Aldershot, 1999), 255 pl. 9.49 a), corner guards, and heel shoes, the heels now missing (see Szirmai 264 pl. 9.55 no. 20). Rebacked. Triple fillets form a double frame. Within the outer frame a repeated small floral stamp. Diagonal triple fillets divide the inner rectangle into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, each decorated with a circular floral stamp, a different floral stamp, a lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis, and sometimes surrounded by the small floral stamp.
Size: 490 × 335 × 90 mm.
Size of leaf: 482 × 312 mm.
Pastedowns consist of two sheets from the Sanctoral of a manuscript Breviary, noted on four staves, of the fourteenth century; the lessons for S. Willibrord (7 Nov.) on the front pastedown suggest a Netherlandish origin.
Contemporary signatures visible.
Principal Netherlandish initials in the table and on [E2r] are supplied in red with reserved white decoration within a ground made of brown pen-work decoration and green wash, with extensions into the margins to form borders; on [a1r] a 14-line initial ‘C' is supplied in interlocked red and blue with reserved white decoration within a square ground made of brown and red pen-work decoration and green wash; the area defined by the letter is filled with floral red pen-work decoration on a darker green ground. Some woodcuts touched with orange-red or yellow wash. Occasional initials are supplied in red; capital strokes in red.
Provenance: Mark Cephas Tutet (†1785); sale (1786), lot 115. Purchased by Douce for £2. 2. 0; see Bodleian annotated copy of the sale catalogue; Douce noted in his copy of the sale catalogue: ‘this was the finest copy in London'. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.
SHELFMARK: Douce 304.
Copy number: S-108(2)
Wanting [L3-4] and [M1].
Binding: Seventeenth-century(?) blind-tooled (fillets only) old calf over wooden boards; rebacked; with the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Two clasps and catches lost. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the tail of the upper cover. Red-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns.
Size: 485 × 330 × 80 mm.
Size of leaf: 468 × 310 mm.
Principal initials in the table and on [a1r] are supplied in red.
Provenance: Richard Whyttok (sixteenth century); inscription over an erasure on M6r: ‘Constat Rych. Whyttok'. Acquired by 1605: see James, Catalogus (1605), 300.
Former Bodleian shelfmarks: C 3.16 Art [still in 1620, ‘16' in black ink across the fore-edge]; Auct. Y 1.10; Arch. Bodl. [ ] I.117 (`I 17' in black ink across the fore-edge).
SHELFMARK: Auct. Q sub. fen. 1.7b.
Copy number: S-108(3)
Bound with a large number of other miscellaneous fragments in a modern guard-book.
Part of the title-page only.
Size of fragment: 245 × 185 mm.
Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834). Bequeathed in 1834.
SHELFMARK: Douce Fragm. b.1(27).
Copy number: S-108(4)
Fragment. Not in Sheppard.
Bound in a collection of German fragments.
Part of [rr1].
Size of fragment: c.207 × c.165 mm.
Provenance unknown; found by A. Coates in Dec. 2000 between fols 106 and 107 of Library Records c.1071 (`Catalogus Bibliothecae Novae', vol. H–O).
SHELFMARK: Inc. b. G97.1(38).
Copy number: S-108(5)
Fragment. Woodcut lettered ‘Guilhelmus durandi speculator', from the verso of [vv4].
Pasted to the verso of the front parchment endleaf of D‑195(2); see there for details of binding and provenance.
Size of fragment: 79 × 53 mm.
SHELFMARK: Douce 296*.
Copy number: S-108(6)
Not in Sheppard.
Bound with A‑168(5); see there for details of binding and provenance.
Leaf [y1] only.
Size of fragment: 425 × 291 mm.
SHELFMARK: Gibson 403(4).
Copy number: S-108(7)
Not in Sheppard.
Wanting L3-4 containing the map of Europe and the colophon, and the blank leaf M6.
Binding: Nineteenth-century English blind- and gold-tooled brown morocco over pasteboards, by Hayes & Sons of Oxford (stamp on verso of front endleaf). Gilt stamp on the spine: a dolphin(?) below a coronet.
Size: 451 × 335 × 105 mm.
Size of leaf: 436 × 318 mm.
Copious early marginal notes (probably by Ralph Smyth), including some comments on the text, also extraction of keywords, 'nota' marks, and underlining in the text in black ink.
On [*1r] an eight-line initial 'A' is supplied in interlocked red and blue, with red and blue infill and penwork decoration and extensions into the margins; on [a1r] a fourteen-line initial 'C' is supplied in interlocked red and blue with red and blue infill and penwork decoration, and extensions into the margins; other four-, six-, seven- and eight-line initials are supplied in red, blue, or interlocked red and blue.
Provenance: Ralph Smyth (1476-after 1536), Prior of Carthusians, Hull, Charterhouse of BVM, S. Michael, S. Thomas the Martyr; prior probably from at least 1511-29; inscriptions: 'Orate pro Rodulpho Smyth Monacho carthus. prope hull', 'Orate pro Rodulpho Smyth Monacho carthus. iuxta hull'. Hull, Yorkshire, Carthusians, Charterhouse of BVM, S. Michael, S. Thomas the Martyr; see above. Richard Farmer (1735-1797); unsigned annotations on the recto of the front endleaf and on the title-page. Henry Palin Gurney (1847-1904); note on title-page. Teresa Faith Gurney (1881–1929); name in pencil on title-page. Edward Leeds, Manchester; name on verso of the title-page; perhaps Edward Leeds (born 1837). Sir Basil Blackwell (1889-1984); book-plate. Presented by Julian Blackwell in 2015.
SHELFMARK: Blackwell b.4.
Copy number: S-108(8)
Not in Sheppard.
Bound with: 2) Portions of leaves from gatherings P and Q of a copy of Martin Luther & Michael Rogint, Simplex et pia evangeliorum, quae dominicis diebus, et in praecipuis festis ... (Nuremberg: Johann vom Berg & Ulrich Neuber, 1545), used as waste. 3) Hor. S. 2.3. According to a note in a contemporary hand, this was 'printed by dr Aldrich dean Xt Ch Oxford a very few copies, but never published'. On a slip of paper attached to the volume, dated 30 Mar. 1972, and addressed to Henry Hallam, Harry Carter indicated that he thought that the type could be dated to c.1700, but that he had been unable to find any mention of this printing in the OUP account books.
Portions of leaves from the 'Tabula': [***2] and [***3] at the front, [*3], [*4], [***1] at the back.
Binding (of Mar. 576): Eighteenth-century half calf with marbled paper boards.
Size (of Mar. 576): 212 × 133 × 13 mm.
Size of fragments: 206 × 124 mm.
Note about the printing of the section of Horace (see above); its title appears on [***2r]; on [***3r] is the note 'Baxter's Horace etc. 1701-1725', presumably a reference to William Baxter (1650-1723), although, according to his entry in ODNB, he did not actually edit Horace himself.
On [***1v] an eight-line initial 'O' is supplied in red.
Former Bodleian shelfmark (of the volume): 8º Z 88 Art. Seld. (on front pastedown).
SHELFMARK: Mar. 576(1).
Copy number: S-108(9)
Not in Sheppard. One leaf ([bb2]), used as the binding for Vet. D1 e.282 (Erasmus, In Jacobum Lopim Stunicam non admodum circumspectum calumniatorem apologia (Strasbourg: Ulrich Morhart, 1522)).
Binding: quarter parchment, with pasteboards, covered with leaf [bb2], part of the verso of the leaf being visible on each cover. Remains of leather index tabs, dyed red, on title-page and on leaf r4 of the volume.
Provenance: Fernand Heitz (c.1900?); pictorial book-plate on front pastedown, bearing the initials ‘R[ene]. H[eitz].’ Note (in the hand of Desmond Neill): ‘Bought from L[eona]. Rostenberg, [1908-2005, New York], XXXVI/62’. Purchased by the Library in 1965; purchase stamp, dated 16 Feb. 1965 on a1v.
SHELFMARK: Vet. D1 e.282(1).
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