Search Bodleian Incunables:

If your search term consists of multiple words, you can choose how to search:



Bod-Inc: V-133

Vincentius Bellovacensis

Speculum historiale.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Editorial preface.] Incipit: ‘[S]ecundum Augustinum xix libro De ciuitate dei ordo est parium dispariumque . . .’ See V‑132.

[a2r] ‘Tabula primi voluminis'. In alphabetical order. A list of contents precedes each book.

[a4r] Vincentius Bellovacensis: [Libellus totius operis apologeticus.] ‘Speculum hystoriale . . . Et primo prologus De causa suscepti operis et eius materia. Primum [capitulum]'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uoniam multitudo librorum et temporis breuitas . . . [Last chapter:] Continuatio quattuor partium ad inuicem. [H]ic igitur in hac prima parte . . . acceptionibus inchoamus'. See V‑130, van den Brincken 465-98.

[a7v] [Table of contents.]

[d1r] Vincentius Bellovacensis: Speculum historiale. ‘Epilogus de vnitate diuine substantie'. Incipit: ‘[D]eus est substantia incorporea . . . [liber 31 cap. CCIIII:] exhibuit vniuersis iii kl maii'. See V‑132. Each book is preceded by a list of contents.

[t6v] ‘De temporibus presentibus C. CV.’ Incipit: ‘[E]cce tempora sexte etatis vsque ad presentem annum . . . ccccxlii . . . in fine prestolantur'. See V‑132. Without the historical addition from the Nuremberg Chronicle.

[t6v] ‘De signis future consummationis'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uantum vero temporis vsque ad finem seculi . . . creatura agitur quod videre non valeant'. See V‑132.


Imprint: [Strasbourg: The R‑Printer (Johann Mentelin and Adolf Rusch), c.1473]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated by BSB‑Ink and Sheppard. In four parts. Pellechet MS. records differences in type-setting of parts I and II, [a1] and [a4] (see also Sack, Frankfurt, 2963, and Oates 105). On dating this press see Scholderer, Fifty Essays, 150-5.


Collation: Part I: [a–b10 c6 d–f10 g h8 i–o10 p8 q6 v10]; part II: [2a8 b–d10 e6 f8 g–l10 m6 n10 o8 p–t10]; part III: [3a8 b6 c8 d–f10 g6+1 h–o10 p q8 r–t10]; part IV: [4a–h10 i k8 l–o10 p6 q–s10 t8 v12].

Remarks: In the Bodleian copy the signature [a2] of vol. 2, part IV, is stamped as ‘a2’.


ISTC: iv00282000

Hain: C 6245;

Goff: Goff V‑282;

Proctor: Pr 254;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑202; CIBN V‑187; Oates 105; Pellechet MS. 11557; Rhodes 1812; Sack, Frankfurt, 2963; Sack, Freiburg, 3672; Sheppard 219-20; Voorbij no. 2. Microfiche: Unit 4: Chronicles and Historiography: Part I, CH 102.

LCN: 14693926, 14693975


Copy number: V-133(1)

Four volumes bound in two.

Wanting [3 g7] of vol. 2, part III, also the first leaf of vol. 1, part I ([a1]) and the last of vol. 2, part IV ([2 v12]), both blank.

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards. Metal catches, clasps, corner-pieces, and centre-piece lost. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the lower cover. Double fillets form an intersecting triple frame. Outside the outer frame a circular rosette stamp, a square rosette stamp, and a lozenge-shaped fleuron stamp, surrounded by small circular five-petalled flower stamps. Within the outer frame a repeated rectangular fleuron. Two sets of diagonal double fillets divide the inner rectangle into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, each decorated with a larger lozenge-shaped fleuron, the small circular stamps within the two sets of fillets. Yellow-edged leaves. Circular black stamp of the Franciscans of Amberg on the upper edge, adjacent to the spine: ‘S + B | A'. Rectangular parchment label at the head of the upper cover of vol. 1: ‘(red) N. 16 (black) Prima pars histori | alis Vincencii'. Remains of other labels on the spine of vol. 1. ‘Hi' in brown ink on a square paper label at the tail of the spine of both volumes.

Size: Vol. 1: 477 × 333 × 110; vol. 2: 477 × 332 × 117 mm.

Size of leaf: 468 × 318 mm.

Early signatures partially visible in the lower right-hand corner or in the outer margin at about 90 mm from the lower edge of the rectos; in the same hand occasional directions for rubrication, for example, for running book numbers, in arabic numerals. Also a few marginal notes, mainly providing corrections to the text, supplying the last line of text on [3 i2r] of part III.

On [a2r] of part I a nine-line (modern?) initial ‘S' is supplied in green with black pen-work acanthus leaves decoration within a square red ground surrounded by a frame segmented in red, blue, and gold; with foliate extension in the same colours. On [a4r] of vol. 1, part I, a large initial ‘Q' is supplied in interlocked red and blue, the area defined by the letter chequered red and blue. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Running book numbers in roman numerals in red or blue, or red and blue. Capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Amberg, Bavaria, Franciscans, S. Bernardinus Senensis; inscription on [a2r] of vol. 1, part I: ‘Ad Bibliothecam P.P. Franciscanorum Amberge'; stamp (see above). Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; ‘Dupl' in pencil on front endleaf. Purchased with V‑130, V‑137, and V‑139 for £30; see Books Purchased (1837), 40.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q sub. fen. 1.1-2.

Copy number: V-133(2)

Bound in four volumes: volume one wanting; [307]: books 9-19; [308]: books 20-24; [309]: books 25-32.

Wanting vol. 1, and the last leaf, blank, of vol. 4.

Binding: Eighteenth-century marbled calf, the spine gold-tooled; sprinkled blue-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; uniformly with V‑132(1).

Size: [307]: 454 × 323 × 68; [308]: 454 × 325 × 36; [309]: 454 × 325 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 446 × 312 mm.

Pasted inside the front cover of Douce 309 a Description of a slave ship (London: James Phillips, George Yard, Lombard Street, 1789).

Occasional marginal notes, extracting names, in an early hand, light brown ink, in Douce 307 only. Note in Douce's hand at the end of Douce 309: ‘L 28.88 Tundale'.

Main initials are supplied in red and blue (cadelle style); other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

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 307-9.

Copy number: V-133(3)

Not in Sheppard.

Bound with A‑168(5); see there for details of binding and provenance.

Leaf [k3] only.

Size of fragment: 450 × 310 mm.

Running book and part numbers are supplied in red.

SHELFMARK: Gibson 403(12).

Go to top of page