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Bod-Inc: V-132

Vincentius Bellovacensis

Speculum historiale.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Editorial preface.] Incipit: ‘[S]ecundum Augu[stinum] li[bro] xix De ciuitate dei ordo est parium dispariumque . . .’ Ed. (Douai, 1624; repr. Graz, 1964-5), IV before the index materiarum.

[a2r] ‘Tabula primi voluminis'. In alphabetical order.

[a4r] Vincentius Bellovacensis: [Libellus totius operis apologeticus.] ‘Speculum historiale . . . Capitulum primum. De causa suscepti operis et eius materia'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uoniam multitudo librorum et temporis breuitas memorie . . .’ See V‑130.

[a8v] [Table of contents.]

[c10r] Vincentius Bellovacensis: Speculum historiale. ‘Capitulum I. Epilogus de unitate diuine substancie'. Incipit: ‘[D]eus est substancia incorporea . . . [liber 31 cap. CCIIII:] . . . exhibuit vniuersis iii kl maii'. Ed. (Douai, 1624; repr. Graz, 1964-5), IV 1-1323; see Kaeppeli IV no. 3987. Each book is preceded by a list of contents.

[YY3r] ‘De temporibus presentibus C. CV.’ Incipit: ‘[E]cce tempora sexte etatis vsque ad presentem annum . . . ccccxlii . . . in fine prestolantur'. Ed. (Douai, 1624; repr. Graz, 1964-5), IV 1323. Without the historical addition from the Nuremberg Chronicle.

[YY3r] ‘De signis future consummationis'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uantum vero temporis vsque ad finem seculi . . . creatura agitur quod videre non valeant'. Ed. (Douai, 1624; repr. Graz, 1964-5), IV 1324-32.


Imprint: [Strasbourg]: Johann Mentelin, [1473]. Folio.

Remarks: In four parts: (I‑III) undated; (IV) 4 Dec. 1473.


Collation: Part I: [a–r10]; part II: [A–T10 V X8]; part III: [aa8 bb–hh10 ii8+2 kk–tt10 vv12]; part IV: [AA–RR10 SS–XX10.8 YY8].


ISTC: iv00283000

Hain: C 6246;

Goff: Goff V‑283;

BMC: BMC I 57;

Proctor: Pr 212;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑201; CIBN V‑186; Oates 79; Rhodes 1813; Schorbach, Mentelin, 31; Sheppard 161-2; Voorbij no. 1. Microfiche: Unit 4: Chronicles and Historiography: Part I, CH 103.

LCN: 14693947, 14693995


Copy number: V-132(1)

Part I only. Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and and [g1].

Binding: Eighteenth-century marbled calf, uniform with V‑133(2).

Size: 455 × 329 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 447 × 316 mm.

Portions of four parchment leaves from a Sacramentary, written in a Merovingian hand perhaps of the eighth century, at one time attached to an endleaf, are now MS. Douce f. 1 (SC 21999).

Occasional early marginal annotations at the beginning of the table.

On [a4r] a nine-line initial ‘Q' is supplied in blue with acanthus scrolling in white, on a gold ground, with the body of the letter containing foliate decoration in pink, green, blue, and beige, and with foliate extensions into the inner and upper margins in pink, red, green, blue, and beige, and with gold dots. Other principal initials (e.g. on [a2r] and on [c10r]) are supplied in interlocked red and blue with reserved white decoration, within a red pen-work frame, with red pen-work within the body of the letter, and with red pen-work extensions into the margins; other initials, some with extensions into the margins, are supplied in red or blue; paragraph marks and running numbers are supplied in red; capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Justin, comte MacCarthy Reagh (1744-1811); Catalogue of a Cabinet of Books lately imported from France (London: Leigh and Sotheby, 18 May 1789), lot 1534. Purchased by Francis Douce for £4. 14. 6, marked with ‘Douce', in his annotated copy of the catalogue. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 306.

Copy number: V-132(2)

Gathering [aa10] not of 8 as BMC. Wanting [r4] and all the blank leaves. Leaves [a2], [A1,2], [AA1] are made up. The fifth sheet of gathering [l] is misbound third.

Bound in two volumes.

Binding: Nineteenth-century faded half purple morocco with marbled paper boards and marbled pastedowns.

Size: 450 × 305/300 × 105/120 mm.

Size of leaf: 438 × 282 mm.

Leaf [a2] presents the early signature ‘.i. a2’ in red ink. [AA1] presents the early signature ‘a1’ in red. Some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words and providing corrections to the text, in a number of early and modern hands in brown ink.

On [a2] and [AA1] initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or green; capital strokes in green. On [A1r] a nine-line initial is supplied in gold on a square blue ground with white pen-work decoration, while the area defined by the letter is red with white pen-work decoration. Above the letter remains of a foliate border with gold dots surrounding the heading ‘Tabula' supplied in red capitals. Otherwise, principal initials are supplied in interlocked red and blue, sometimes yellow as well, with extensions into the margin in volume 1; in interlocked red and green in volume 2. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; capitals touched with yellow wash. The margin of [FF6] is uncut and folded in: it contains a decorated initial with extension into the margin to form a border with a hunting scene. Running book numbers in red.

Provenance: Purchased from L. J. Symes, 13 Mar. 1895, for 180 Francs; see Annual Report of the Curators of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University Gazette, 12 May 1896, 466.

SHELFMARK: Inc. b. G7.1473.1-2.

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