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Bod-Inc: V-135

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.

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

[a6v] [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.

[AA2v] ‘De temporibus presentibus C. CV.’ Incipit: ‘[E]cce tempora sexte etatis vsque ad presentem annum . . . ccccxlii . . . in fine prestolantur'. See V‑132.

[AA2v] ‘De signis future consummationis'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uantum vero temporis vsque ad finem seculi . . . creatura agitur quod videre non valeant'. See V‑132.


Imprint: Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 24 July 1483. Folio.


Collation: [a–h8.6.6.6 i8 k6 l–o8.6 p q6 r8 s–v6 x–z A–C8.6 D6 E8 F–H6 I8 K L6 M8 N–S8.6.6 T6 V8 X–Z aa6 bb8 cc dd6 ee–hh8.6 ii6 kk ll8 mm nn6 oo8 pp–tt6 vv8 xx–zz AA6].

Leaves: 464 leaves.


ISTC: iv00285000

Hain: CR 6248;

Goff: Goff V‑285;

Proctor: not in Pr;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑204; CIBN V‑189; Hillard 2065; Polain 3943; Rhodes 1815; Sack, Freiburg, 3674; Sheppard 1490; Voorbij no. 6. Microfiche: Unit 4: Chronicles and Historiography: Part I, CH 105.

LCN: 14695409


Copy number: V-135(1)

Gathering [bb8] not as Polain.

Binding: Sixteenth-century blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with oval armorial stamp (much worn) and surrounding inscription, only partially legible: ‘ . . . S. Mathiae Wratisl. domini ac reuerendi et nobilis viri d. Joannis Henze a Blankenburg . . .' Remains of metal clasps and catches. The edges decorated in colours using stencils(?).

Size: 467 × 320 × 115 mm.

Size of leaf: 434 × 296 mm.

A few marginal notes in an early German hand in brown ink. In the lower margin of [a2r]: ‘Repositorium Zum Lit: A. N[H?/ff?]. 9'.

On [a4r] a large initial ‘Q' is supplied in pink with acanthus scrolling in a darker shade, on a burnished gold ground, the gilt with punch-dotting, within a segmented frame of red and green and with fine foliate border extensions including gold dotting. Other initials are supplied in red or blue; paragraph marks are supplied in red.

Provenance: Wrocław, Silesia, Hospital of S. Matthaeus, 1722; inscription on [a2r]: ‘Bibliothecae Hospitalis S. Matthiae Vratisl. 1722'; printed book-plate: ‘Aus der Bibliothek des St. Mathias-Stiftes zu Breslau'; see also binding. O. Wollf (eighteenth century?); his name on [a2r] and note on front endleaf: ‘O. Wolff, Pastor Grünebergensis emit hunc librum ex Bibliotheca regali Universitatis Wratislawiensis'. Acquired in 1908; see pencil note on front endleaf: ‘D. 22.9.08'.

SHELFMARK: Inc. b. G6.1483.1.

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