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Bod-Inc: S-183


Sermones ‘Sensati'.


Analysis of Content

A2r [List of contents.]

a1r Sermones Sensati. Incipit: ‘  “[S]i uideris sensatum euigila ad illum”. Ecc. 7 [Sir 6,36]. Cum processus iste a sensatis ad intelligibilia se extendat . . .’ See Schneyer, Repertorium, V 358-74.


Imprint: Gouda: Gerard Leeu, 20 Feb. 1482. Folio.

Remarks: The first gathering of text (a) exists in two settings: A, without marginal capitals; B, with marginal capitals to correspond with the ‘Tabula'; first distinguished by Polain with errors in transcription (cf. BMC IX p. 34). Variant noted in setting of colophon: ‘multis' (X) and ‘cunctis' (Z) ‘Christifidelibus'.


Collation: A8 B C6 a–z [et]8.

Illustrations: Woodcut initial.


ISTC: is00472500

Hain: C 5376;

Goff: Goff S‑442;


Proctor: Pr 8927;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑325; Campbell–Kronenberg 1526; CIBN S‑230; Hillard 1839; HPT II 417; ILC 1979; Oates 3399-400; Polain 3527; Sheppard 6901.

LCN: 14053685, 14053749


Copy number: S-183(1)

Setting ‘AX'; of variant settings of gathering a, sheets a1.8, a2.7, and a3.6 agree with Polain 3527A; sheet a4.5 with the BL copy. The first line of the colophon has the variant ending: ‘ . . . mūltis xp̄ifidelib[us] '.

Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with two metal catches and remains of clasps; four bosses and a centre-piece in the lower cover only, lost. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of lower cover. Rebacked. Double fillets form a triple frame. Within the outer frame a circular eagle stamp and a group of four very small circular five-petalled flower stamps. Within the following frame, a decorative roll and, at each corner, a circular stamp containing a shield bearing three moons increscent, flanked by the initials I. S. Diagonal fillets divide the inner rectangle into lozenge-shaped compartments, each decorated with a lozenge-shaped eagle stamp. On the lower cover there is no decoration in the outer frame and, in the middle frame, the circular eagle stamp and a small star stamp. In the inner rectangle, the very small circular floral stamp at the intersection of the fillets. A rectangular label at the head of the upper cover lost. A rectangular parchment label with details of title, printer, and the note ‘L[ ] [ ]d. ligno incisa' in a seventeeth/eighteenth-century hand in brown ink, is pasted onto the inside of the upper cover. ‘Fratris Georgii Sartoris' manuscript in brown ink along the upper edge.

Size: 290 × 220 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 280 × 201 mm.

Three parchment leaves from a fourteenth-century manuscript commentary on the Sentences(?) have been used as pastedowns and have now been detached from the boards.

Occasional marginal notes extracting key words. On l3v and l4r, in the margins of sermon xxix (`Dominica tercia post pascha'), an extensive marginal note in Sartor's hand. Running sermon numbers also in his hand.

Initials, sometimes with reserved white decoration, paragraph marks, and underlining are supplied in red; capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Georgius Sartor (fifteenth century). Soest, Westphalia, Dominicans, S. Crux; inscription on A1r: ‘Sermones sensati sub custodia fratris [name deleted, above:] Georgii Sartoris de conuentu Sozasiensi si quis d[ ]it(?) sub anathematizationis pena constituat ne damnationis sententiam ab omnipotenti incurrat'. Joseph Niesert (1766-1841), 1820; inscription on A2r: ‘Bibliothecae J. Niesert pastoris in Velen. 1819'; sale (1843), lot 13882. Purchased from Martinus Nijhoff, Catalogue 240 (1893), no. 1026, for £3. 1. 8 or Fl. 37; see Library Bills, 30 Jan. 1893.

SHELFMARK: Inc. d. N7.1482.1.

Copy number: S-183(2)

Bound with E‑041(2); see there for details of binding and later provenance.

A fragment consisting of lower part of leaf s6.

Size of fragment: 178 × 195 mm.

Provenance: Thomas Rawlinson (1681-1725). Thomas Hearne (1678-1735); inscription in Hearne's hand: ‘Given me by Tho. Rawlinson Esq.’

SHELFMARK: 4° Rawl. 598(1).

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