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Bod-Inc: V-130

Vincentius Bellovacensis

Speculum doctrinale.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Vincentius Bellovacensis: [Libellus totius operis apologeticus.] ‘Prologus de causa suscepti operis et eius materia. Capitulum I'.’ Incipit: ‘[Q]uoniam multitudo librorum et temporis breuitas . . . [last chapter:] Continuatio huius secunde partis ad alias. [Q]uoniam igitur . . . epilogus premittitur.’ Vincentius Bellovancensis, Speculum Quadruplex, 4 vols (Douai, 1624; repr. Graz 1964-5), I 1-16; S. Lusignan, Préface au Speculum Maius de Vincent de Beauvais: réfraction et diffraction (Montréal and Paris, 1979), 113-39, but the ending of this edition is different to that given by Lusignan, who based his work on early manuscripts which represent the first and second version of Vincent's general prologue, not the final one; Anna-Dorothee van den Brincken, ‘Geschichtsbetrachtung bei Vincenz von Beauvais. Die Apologia Actoris zum Speculum Maius', Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters, 34 (1978), 410-99, at 453-5 on early editions, 465-99 for the text.

[a5v] [Table of contents, by book.]

[c1r] Vincentius Bellovacensis: Speculum doctrinale. ‘Secundus liber'.’ Incipit: ‘  “[H]omo cum in honore esset non intellexit  “ [Ps 48,13] . . . elephas natet'.’ Ed. (Douai, 1624; repr. Graz 1964-5), II 3-1592; see Kaeppeli IV 435-58 no. 3984; VL X 365-9.


Imprint: [Strasbourg: The R‑Printer (Johann Mentelin and Adolf Rusch), between 1477 and 18 Feb. 1478]. Folio.

Remarks: Variant A only; see M. L. Polain, ‘Notes pour la collection des deux tirages de l'édition du Speculum doctrinale, s. ind. typ [Strasbourg, Adolphe Rusch]', in Bok- och biblioteks-historiska studier tillägnade Isak Collijn (Uppsala, 1925), 111-20 and note in BMC I, reprint, p. 65; for terminus ante quem see BMC I, p. 65.


Collation: [a10 b6 c–g8 h10 i–x8 y6 z A–E8 F6 G–M8 N O6 P–V8 X10 Y Z aa–ee8].


ISTC: iv00278000

Hain: C 6242;

Goff: Goff V‑278;

Proctor: Pr 253;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑198; CIBN V‑184 (A); Hillard 2062; Rhodes 1808; Sack, Freiburg, 3669; Sheppard 226-7; J. B. Voorbij, Het Speculum Historiale van Vincent v. Beauvais (Groningen, 1991), 340-6, no. 2.

LCN: 14695421


Copy number: V-130(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [ee8].

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled leather over wooden boards, with remains of clasps. Yellow-edged leaves. Parchment index tabs, numbered. Double fillets form a frame. In the inner rectangle curved-outline tools make up merrythoughts, each containing a lozenge-shaped floral stamp.

Size: 485 × 340 × 130 mm.

Size of leaf: 472 × 326 mm.

On [a2r] a 12-line initial ‘Q' is supplied in blue on a square burnished gold ground, the gilt with punch-dotting, the initial with acanthus scrolling in white, within segmented frames of red and green, and with fine foliate border extensions including gold dotting. Other initials, paragraph marks, and running book numbers are supplied in red.

Provenance: Augsburg, Bavaria, Benedictines, SS. Udalrichus et Afra; inscriptions on [a2r]: ‘Monasterii SS. Udalrici et Afrae, Augustae'; ‘Abbas cenobij Hainricus [Fries] gloria nostri | Sub tuo dominio crescunt res et libri'; book-plate: ‘PP. Benedictinorum Lib. et Imp. Monasterij SS. Udalrici et Affrae Augustae Vindel.' (Warnecke no. 81); on Fries, abbot from 1474 to 1482, see Josef Hemmerle, Die Benediktinerklöster in Bayern, Germania Benedictina, 2 (Ottobeuren, 1970), 48. Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; ‘Dupl' on [a1v]. Purchased with V‑133(1), V‑137, and V‑139 for £30. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1837), 40 ‘4 voll. fol. Argent. Joh. Mentelin, 1473'.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q sub. fen. 1.6.

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