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Bod-Inc: V-137

Vincentius Bellovacensis

Speculum morale.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] ‘Tabula breuis alphabetica'.

[b2r] Vincentius Bellovacensis [pseudo-]: Speculum morale. Incipit: ‘  “[I]n omnibus operibus tuis memorare nouissima tua . . . Eccl. vii  “ [Sir 7,40]. Humanum genus tria incommoda per peccatum primi hominis incurrisse . . . debemus ne perdamus'. Ed. (Douai, 1624; repr. Graz, 1964-5), III 1ff; see Kaeppeli IV no. 3986.


Imprint: Strasbourg: Johann Mentelin, 9 Nov. 1476. Folio.

Remarks: Known with and without colophon. BMC mistranscribes Van Praet's report of it, hence dating the edition 6 Nov. Entered by CIBN and BSB‑Ink under Pseudo-Vincentius.


Collation: [a4 b–f10 g8 h–m10 n8 o10 p8 q–v10 x8 y z aa–cc10 dd8 ee–kk10 ll8 mm nn10 oo8 pp6+1 qq–vv10 xx8 yy zz aaa–ccc10 ddd12].

Leaves: 477 leaves, not as BMC (475 leaves).


ISTC: iv00288000

Hain: C 6252 (without);

Goff: Goff V‑288;

BMC: BMC I 58 (without);

Proctor: Pr 214;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑209; CIBN V‑193 (with and without); Oates 80 (without); Rhodes 1817; Sack, Freiburg, 3676; Schorbach, Mentelin, 37; Sheppard 165 (without); Voorbij no. 1.

LCN: 14695442


Copy number: V-137(1)

Gathering [H] of BMC collation ([mm] here) has 10 leaves, not 8 as BMC.

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, clasps, catches, corner-pieces, and centre-piece lost. On the upper cover, a set of triple fillets forms a quintuple frame. Outside the outer frame a repeated rectangular floral and foliate stamp, also a palmette and a ‘Maria' scroll stamps. Within the outer frame the repeated palmette stamp. Within the following frame a repeated bunch of strawberries stamp and the scroll stamp. Within the following frame a small lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis stamp, a small rectagular decorative stamp, a pansy, a lozenge-shaped floral stamp, and a different palmette stamp. The inner rectangle is decorated with the scroll and the pansy stamps. On the lower cover, fillets only and occasional ‘Maria' scroll stamps. Remains of a rectangular parchment label at the head of the upper cover and remains of early manuscript titles on the spine. Two parchment index tabs dyed red.

Size: 485 × 335 × 145 mm.

Size of leaf: 470 × 316 mm.

A few marginal notes, mainly providing corrections to the text in a contemporary German hand in brown ink; on [i6r] a marginal correction in red ink, the entry in the text erased. Early signatures mostly visible.

Main initials are supplied in blue, pink, or green on square burnished gold grounds, the gilt with punch-dotting, the initial with acanthus scrolling in white or yellow, 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: Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; ‘Dupl' in pencil on [a1v]. Purchased with V‑130, V‑133(1), and V‑139 for £30; see Books Purchased (1837), 40.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q sub. fen. 1.3.

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