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Speculum Christiani.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Speculum Christiani. Speculum Christiani, ed. G. Holmstedt, EETS, Original Ser. 182 (London, 1933), pp. cxxix–cxxx on this edition, belonging to Group A of the tradition, also pp. cxxiii–cxlviii; see also V. A. Gillespie, ‘The Evolution of the Speculum Christiani’, in Latin and Vernacular: Studies in Late Medieval Texts and Manuscripts, ed. A. J. Minnis (Cambridge, 1989), 39-62, at 57 no. 1. On the authorship of this text, often but mistakenly ascribed to Johannes Watton, and more recently tentatively ascribed to Thomas Garton, see Sharpe, Latin Writers, nos 968 and 1751.

[o1r] ‘Exposicio oracionis dominice cum quodam bono notabili et septem capitalia uicia cum aliquibus ramis eorum'. Incipit: ‘[I]n aliquos noueris contra deum . . . sed propter uitam eternam . . .’ See Speculum Christiani, ed. Holmstedt p. cxxx.


Imprint: London: William de Machlinia, for Henry Frankenberg, [c.1485]. 4°.

Remarks: As dated by BMC; Sheppard dates [c.1486?], CIBN [c.1485-6]; according to P. Needham, watermark evidence suggests that the book cannot have been printed later than 1484; see Gillespie 57 no. 1.


Collation: [a–l8 m6 n4 o8 p q6].


ISTC: iw00009000

Hain: HC 14914;

Goff: Goff W‑9;


Proctor: Pr 9777;

Others: CIBN W‑6; Duff 415; Oates 4192; Sheppard 7524; STC 26012.

LCN: 14764774, 14764789, 14764833


Copy number: S-263A(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [q6]. Leaves [a2-8]; [h1,2]; [n8]; [o1,2] cut out and mounted.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf; bound for the Bodleian Library; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers. Gilt-edged leaves; pink and green striped silk bookmark.

Size: 206 × 141 × 21 mm.

Size of leaf: 198 × 136 mm.

Provenance: Revd Andrew Hughes Matthews (c.1782-1854). John Josias Conybeare (1779-1824). Presented in 1807; inscription in Conybeare's hand on the verso of the front endleaf: ‘Librum hunc . . . in bibliotheca Bodleiana reponi voluerunt A. H. M[atthews] - J. J. C[onybeare]'; see Macray 284.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 5.23.

Copy number: S-263A(2)


Bound in a scrapbook, with a large collection of other miscellaneous printed fragments, including title-pages, woodcut images and capitals, and printers' devices.

Leaf [d2] only.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf with marbled paper boards.

Size: 322 × 272 × 65 mm.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); provenance assumed from the nature of the collection. Bequeathed in 1834.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Douce adds. 127.

SHELFMARK: Douce adds. 142 (p. 151).

Copy number: S-263A(3)


Leaves [d3-4] only.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half maroon morocco, with maroon cloth over pasteboards; bound for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 216 × 153 × 6 mm.

Name of the printer and title of the work on [d3r], in Douce's hand.

Three-line initial ‘M' in pencil on [d4r].

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); shelfmark. Bequeathed in 1834.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Douce Fragm. d.9.

SHELFMARK: Douce Fragm. e.6.

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