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Bod-Inc: T-196

Thomas Cantipratensis

Bonum universale de proprietatibus apum.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Thomas Cantipratensis]: Bonum universale de proprietatibus apum [dedicated to] Humbertus de Romanis, Magister, OP. Incipit: ‘[R]everendo in Christo patri, Fratri Humberto magistro ordinis predicatorum . . .’ Thomas Cantipratensis, Bonum universale de apibus (Douai, 1627). See H. Platelle, ‘Scènes de la vie rurale à travers Le Livre des abeilles de Thomas de Cantimpré', Revue du Nord–Histoire: Nord de la France, Belgique, Pays-Bays, 79 (1997), 771-84; Kaeppeli IV 344-55, no. 3775; BNDB XV 28-34, at 32-3.

[q9v] [Summary.] ‘Principia singulorum capitulorum tocius libri naturam apum simpliciter experimentium . . .Et primo de praelatis'. Incipit: ‘[R]ex apum mellei coloris est, ex electo flore . . .’

[r1r] ‘Tabula praesentis libri secundum alphabeti ordinem'. Incipit: ‘[A]bbatissa quaedam illustris accusata est, sed frustra . . .’


Imprint: [Cologne: Printer of Augustinus, ‘De fide', c.1473]. Folio.

Remarks: Oates attributes to Goiswin Gops, which is doubted by Sheppard on grounds of differences in type measurements. Corsten, Anfänge, 44-5 attributes to Johann Schilling; Needham, ‘Cologne Partners', at 126-8, finds evidence wanting for both attributions.


Collation: [a–n10 o p8 q10 r8].

Types: Type: 106 G.

Leaves: 164 leaves.

Line number: 35 lines, 2 columns ([a3r]).

Type area: Type area: 187 ×129 mm ([a3r]).


ISTC: it00346000

Hain: C 1218 = 5828;

Goff: Goff T‑346;

Proctor: not in Pr;

Others: CIBN T‑216; Hillard, 1970; Oates 623; Sheppard 843; Voulliéme, Köln, 1177.

LCN: 14100952


Copy number: T-196(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [a1].

Leaf [i5r], col. 1, l. 1: ‘uitaretur . . .', as in CIBN, fourth copy.

Binding: Sixteenth-century German calf, both covers lost, pieces remaining on the spine. Originally bound with at least one other item. Five double alum-tawed sewing supports. Parchment internal reinforcement guards from a thirteenth-century manuscript. Faded manuscript title along lower edge. Now kept in a box: early twentieth-century marbled paper boards; parchment spine, with the title in gilt.

Size: 280 × 213 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 280 × 205 mm.

Some marginal notes in a contemporary hand, supplying brackets, ‘nota' marks, notes of ‘exempla', ‘lege', and pointing hands. Annotations to the summary in [q9v –q10v] in a sixteenth-century continental hand, listing, against appropriate sections of the summary, an example of the type of person (e.g. ‘magister') who would undertake the tasks described. The numbers ‘377' in black in in a late sixteenth-century(?) hand, and ‘432' in red crayon in a seventeenth-century hand.

Three- to four-line initials (some with reserved white decoration), paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining are supplied in red.

Provenance: Limburg an der Lahn, Hesse, Observant Franciscans; inscription on [a2r]: ‘Bibl. Fratrum Min. Limb. Recoll.' Eugen Freiherr von Mocler (fl. c.1839); armorial book-plate on [r8v]: azure a balance(?) or between three trefoils of the second; inscribed ‘Bibliothek Oberherrlingen. 1839. E. M.' Heinrich Rosenthal (1879-1960); purchased from Rosenthal in 1948; Rosenthal, Luzerne, 80 Incunabula 1459-1475. Catalogue 9, no. 76, SFr. 1200; BLR 3,29 (1950), 53.

SHELFMARK: Inc. d. G3.3.

Copy number: T-196(2)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [r8].

Leaf [i5r], col. 1, l. 1: ‘uitaret̄ . . .', as in CIBN, copies 1-3.

Binding: Early twentieth-century olive morocco; bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The title in gilt across the spine. Impress of former index tab on [q9].

Size: 272 × 213 × 36 mm.

Size of leaf: 265 × 194 mm.

Leaf and signature numbers in arabic figures are supplied in pencil.

On [a2r] a four-line initial ‘R' is supplied in red with reserved white decoration. On [q9v] a similar initial ‘R' is supplied with extensions into the outer margin. Elsewhere three- to four-line initials (some with reserved white decoration), capital strokes, paragraph marks, and some underlining also supplied in red.

Provenance: Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; sale (1835), lot 984. R. W. Lloyd (fl. 1944); see pencilled note on the recto of the front endleaf: ‘R. W. Lloyd Treago Castle, St Weonards, Hereford, June 1944'; deposit handlist. Deposited by Lloyd in June 1944.

SHELFMARK: Dep. d.37.

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