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Bod-Inc: V-136

Vincentius Bellovacensis

Speculum historiale.


Analysis of Content

¶¶1r [Title-page.]

¶¶2r [Editorial preface.] Incipit: ‘[S]ecundum Augu[stinum] li[bro] xix De ciuitate dei ordo est parium dispariumque . . .’ See V‑132.

¶¶2r ‘Tabula generalis'. In alphabetical order.

¶¶8r ‘Imperii Romani preeminentia in rebus terrenis'. Incipit: ‘[P]otestas imperialis regalisque potentia . . . ceteri loquantur’ Ed. (Douai, 1624; repr. Graz, 1964-5), IV 1333-4.

¶¶bb1r ‘Tabula'. In book order.

¶¶a1r Vincentius Bellovacensis: Speculum historiale. ‘Prohemium'. Incipit: ‘[I]n ultime partis huius capite Speculi videlicet historialis placuit quoddam historie naturalis et omnium artium atque virtutum epitoma id est recapitulationem breuem premittere . . .’

¶¶a1r Vincentius Bellovacensis: Speculum historiale. ‘Capitulum I'. Incipit: ‘[D]eus est substantia incorporea . . . [liber 31 cap. CCIIII:] exhibuit vniuersis iii kl maii.’ See V‑132.

¶¶DD2r ‘De temporibus presentibus C. CV.’ Incipit: ‘[E]cce tempora sexte etatis vsque ad presentem annum . . . ccccxlii'. See V‑132.

¶¶DD2r [Schedel, Hartmann]: Liber chronicarum [extracts from the continuation]. ‘Hactenus Vincentii Historia que vero sequuntur usque in tempus currens anni videlicet Mccccxciiii ex cronica noua sunt addita'. Incipit: ‘[I]nnocentius quartus papa Synebaldus antea vocatus . . . Germanicis et Italicis longos inter sese sermones habebunt.’ See S‑108.

¶¶GG2r [Verse.] ‘Ad deum optimum maximum de his que mirabilia gessit pro iustissimo et excelso Maximiliano rege Romanorum'. L. Grote, ‘Kaiser Maximilian in der Schedelschen Weltchronik', Mitteilungen des Vereins für Geschichte der Stadt Nürnberg, 62 (1975), 60-83, at 76-80; see also S‑108.

¶¶GG2v ‘De morte ac fine rerum'. Incipit: ‘[P]arens hominum omnium Adam ita plasmatus fuerit . . . [De plena sanctorum felicitate.] Hec est igitur pax superne ciuitatis . . . creatura agitur quod videre non valeant'. Ed. (Douai, 1624; repr. Graz, 1964-65), IV 1323-4.

¶¶GG5v [Privilege.] Fulin no. 31.


Imprint: Venice: Hermannus Liechtenstein, 5 Sept. 1494. Folio.


Collation: ¶¶ ¶¶bb8 ¶¶cc6 ¶¶a–¶¶c ¶¶δ ¶¶d–¶¶r ¶¶ſ ¶¶s–¶¶z ¶¶[et]8 ¶¶ʔ ¶¶6 ¶¶A–¶¶Z ¶¶AA–¶¶EE8 ¶¶FF ¶¶GG6.


ISTC: iv00286000

Hain: C 6241 (IV);

Goff: Goff V‑286;

BMC: BMC V 359;

Proctor: Pr 4798;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑205; CIBN V‑196 (IV); Hillard 2066; Oates 1896; Rhodes 1816; Sack, Freiburg, 3675; Sheppard 3946; Voorbij no. 7. Microfiche: Unit 4: Chronicles and Historiography: Part I, CH 106.

LCN: 12279371


Copy number: V-136(1)

Binding: Sixteenth-century German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with two metal clasps. On both covers intersecting triple fillets form the border. Further intersecting fillets form concentric frames. On the upper cover, within the outer frame an ornamental roll; within the inner frame, a second ornamental roll, and two rectangular compartments decorated with curved-outline tools making up merrythoughts; fillets form the inner rectangle, which is decorated with curved-outline tools making up merrythoughts and a repeated small owl stamp. On the lower cover, within the outer frame, the two ornamental rolls. Fillets form the inner rectangle which is divided by further fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments. Paper label at the head of the spine.

Size: 355 × 243 × 90 mm.

Size of leaf: 342 × 226 mm.

Numerous marginal notes, extracting key words, on ¶¶l5r only, in a sixteenth-century humanist German hand in light brown ink.

Provenance: Regensburg, Bavaria, Dominicans, S. Blasius; inscription on ¶¶2r: ‘Conuenti Ratisb. Ord. Praedm'; and armorial book-plate: see Warnecke 1666. Unidentified ecclesiastical armorial, coloured: type-set inscriptions, above: Dominus adiutor et protector meus; beneath, three-line inscription much damaged by worms: ‘Antoni|| D. G. || [ ]adel | [ ][sis] | M.D.XXXIIII(?)'. Purchased for £0. 6. 6; see Books Purchased (1861), 61.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 2.2.

Copy number: V-136(2)

Not in Sheppard.

Binding: Early sixteenth-century English (Cambridge) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards; bound by Nicholas Spierinck; rebacked. Remains of two metal catches. Triple fillets form a double frame. Within the outer frame a repeated rectangular stamp containing a wyvern and a bird encircled by a branch of foliage, and between these two figures the binder's mark and initials (Gray 43-53 stamp XXVIIb no. 1). Diagonal triple fillets divide the inner rectangle into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, each decorated with fleurons with an oval centre-piece divided into four sections by diagonal lines (Gray stamp XXVIIb no. 2). Parchment index tabs.

Size: 362 × 250 × 105 mm.

Size of leaf: 347 × 233 mm.

Some early marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in an English hand in brown ink. A few other notes, of a similar kind, in two sixteenth-century hands.

Provenance: John Johnson (eighteenth century); signature in the upper right-hand corner of ¶¶2r in brown ink. Robert Paton Longden (1903-1940). Dr Brian Lawn (1905-2001); purchased in 1941 from B.H. Blackwell, Ltd, for £12. 12. 0; book-plate; catalogue, pp. 4, 166. Bequeathed in 2001.

SHELFMARK: Lawn c.3.

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