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Bod-Inc: V-139

Vincentius Bellovacensis

Speculum naturale.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Vincentius Bellovacensis: [Libellus totius operis apologeticus.] ‘Prologus de causa suscepti operis et eius materia. Primum'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uoniam multitudo librorum et temporis breuitas . . . acceptionibus inchoamus'. See V‑130, van den Brincken 465-98.

[a6r] ‘Continentia et capitula'.

[c3r] Vincentius Bellovacensis: Speculum naturale. ‘De diuersis mundi acceptionibus. [E]x libro qui dicitur Imago mundi.’ Incipit: ‘[M]undi factura quinque modis describitur . . . speculi historialis perpatescunt'. Ed. (Douai, 1624; repr. Graz, 1964-5), I 17-2480; see Kaeppeli IV no. 3982. A table of contents precedes each book.


Imprint: [Strasbourg: The R‑Printer (Johann Mentelin and Adolf Rusch), not after 15 June 1476]. Folio.

Remarks: A copy in Stuttgart has the rubricator's date 15 June 1476 (see P. Amelung, Katalog der Inkunabeln der Stadtbücherei Reutlingen (Reutlingen, 1976), no. 97).


Collation: Part I: [a b10 c8 d–m10 n8 o–t10 v8 x–z [con] [rum] A–E10 F G8 H–N10]; part II: [aa8 bb–oo10 pp6 qq8 rr–zz AA–II10 KK LL8].


ISTC: iv00292000

Hain: C 6253 = 6256;

Goff: Goff V‑292;

BMC: BMC I 64;

Proctor: Pr 255;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑206; CIBN V‑191; Oates 106; Rhodes 1820; Sack, Freiburg, 3680-1; Sheppard 228; Voorbij no. 2. Microfiche: Unit 15: Medical Incunabula: Part V, MI 82.

LCN: 14695448


Copy number: V-139(1)

Bound in two volumes.

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [N10] of vol. 1 and [LL8] of vol. 2.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf; bound for the Bodleian Library; rebacked. Parchment index tabs in numerical order in vol. 1.

Size: 485 × 335 × 105 mm; vol. 2: 489 × 340 × 95 mm.

Size of leaf: 480 × 318 mm.

A leaf from Josephus, Antiquitates judaicae. [Augsburg]: Johann Schüssler, 28 June 1470; 23 Aug. 1470 (J‑218(2)) is pasted inside the upper cover of vol. 1.

A few ‘nota' marks in an early German hand.

Principal initials are supplied in blue with acanthus scrolling in white or in other colour combinations, 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 principal initials are supplied in blue or green with red pen-work decoration. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; capital strokes in red. Running book numbers in red and blue.

Provenance: Augsburg, Bavaria, Augustinian Canons, S. Georgius; inscription on [a2r] of vol. 1 and [aa2r] of vol. 2: ‘S. Georgii Augustae'; also ‘Bibliothecae S. Georgii Augustae Vindel[inensis]' on [bb1r] of vol. 2. Purchased with V‑130, V‑133(1), and V‑137 for £30; see Books Purchased (1837), 40.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q sub. fen. 1.4-5.

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