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Bod-Inc: S-264


Speculum exemplorum.


Analysis of Content

A1r ‘Tabula exemplorum'.

a1r [Busch, Johannes(?)]: ‘Prologus in speculum exemplorum ex diuersis libris in unum laboriose collectum'. Incipit: ‘[I]mpressoria arte iam dudum longe lateque per orbem diffusa . . .’ See B. Kruitwagen, ‘Le Speculum exemplorum (Deventer 1481) entre les mains de Savonarole a Brescia', in Miscellanea Giovanni Mercati, Studi e Testi, 121-4 (Rome, 1946), IV 209-44. The work consists of a collection of extracts(?) from various medieval texts. Sometimes erroneously assigned to Aegidius Aurifaber. The author is probably Johannes Busch (CIBN), as ascribed in S. van der Woude, Johannes Busch Windesheimer kloosterreformator en kronickschrijver (Amsterdam, 1947), 154-9; VL I 1140-2, at 1142, does not support this ascription.

a2r [Busch, Johannes(?)]: Speculum exemplorum. ‘Exemplum primum'. Incipit: ‘[U]enantii quondam patricii in Samnii partibus uilla fuit . . .’


Imprint: Deventer: Richard Pafraet, 2 May 1481. Folio.


Collation: A–D8 E10 a–z aa–ss8 tt6+1 tt. tt: tt:.8 tt.:.6 tt.:.. vv–zz aaa–eee8 fff6 ggg10.


ISTC: is00651000

Hain: HC 14915;

Goff: Goff S‑651;


Proctor: Pr 8948;

Others: BBFN II, 101 no. 83; Boekdrukkunst, 141; Campbell–Kronenberg 1568; CIBN S‑344; Hillard 1878; HPT I 39-40, II 405; ILC 2005; Oates 3424-5; Rhodes 1631; Sheppard 6920.

LCN: 14125311


Copy number: S-264(1)

Wanting the blank leaf A1.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled mottled calf; marbled-edged leaves; green silk bookmark.

Size: 286 × 220 × 83 mm.

Size of leaf: 274 × 197 mm.

Some early ‘nota' marks in the shape of trefoils, brown ink. On the front pastedown an engraving of St Paul by Michael van Lochom. Pasted on the front endleaf are various cuttings from booksellers' catalogue and a bibliographical note in English. Also on a paper label pasted onto the front endleaf an ‘Authoris elegia ad lectorem pium et candidum' in Johannes Creest's hand: ‘Florida perlustrans huius viridaria secli | Candida decerpsi lilia pulchra nimis'; 20 lines of verse.

On a2r a six-line Dutch initial ‘V' is supplied in blue with reserved white decoration, within a square area made of red pen-work decoration and green wash, with extension into the margin. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or, occasionally, blue. Capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Mechelen, Flanders, Augustinian Hermits; inscription on A2r: ‘Bibliothecq. FF. Eremit. S. August. Mechliniae'; also some shelfmarks, probably belonging to the same institution: ‘M 32', ‘M 68' (both crossed out), ‘D. 26.9'. Johannes Creest (sixteenth/seventeenth century); inscription in brown ink on a paper label pasted onto the front pastedown containing the printed title-page of another edition of this work: ‘Est Ioannis Creest et amicorum eum sibi o inuentor ut restituas, obsecrat'. J.-G. Michiels (fl. 1775); stamp on A2r: ‘Captne. Michiels'. Charles Inglis (nineteenth century); engraved book-plate. Purchased on 6 Nov. 1905 from Leighton, Catalogue of Early-Printed & Other Interesting Books, Manuscripts & Fine Bindings. Part VIII, no. 5119, for £8. 8. 0; see Library Bills (1905).

SHELFMARK: Inc. d. N8.1481.1.

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