Liber der exe[m]plis et similitudi[n]ib[us] re[rum].

Joannes, de Sancto-Geminiano, d. ca. 1314.
Standardized Title:
Liber de exemplis et similitudinibus rerum
Other Title:
Incipit of text (leaf a2r): Incipit opus perutile et validu[m] predicatoribus de q[ua]cunque materia dicturis, venerabilis at[que] doctissimi m[a]g[ist]ri helwici teutonici professoris sacre theologie ordinis predicatorum, quod intitulatur ab autore, liber der exe[m]plis et similitudi[n]ib[us] re[rum]
Incipit of tabula (leaf A2r): Incipit tabula vniuersalis totius libri subsequentis, qui i[n]titulatur de similitudinibus rerum s[e]c[undu]m ordinem litteraru[m] alphabeti, vbi vnumquod[que] i[n]ueniendum sit euidenter ostentans
[Deventer : Richard Paffraet, ca. 1478-1479]
[524] leaves (leaves 1, 17, 259 and 524 blanks) ; 30 cm. (fol.)
j.v. etj. j.ij liIm (C) 1478 (Q)
Natural history -- Pre-Linnean works -- Early works to 1800.
Botany -- Pre-Linnean works -- Early works to 1800.
Zoology -- Pre-Linnean works -- Early works to 1800.
Food and drink -- Early works to 1800.
Incunabula -- Netherlands -- Deventer -- 1477.
Place of Publication:
Netherlands Deventer.
"Though in this edition ... the Summa is attributed to Helvicus Teutonicus, it is in fact the work of Joannes de Sancto Geminiano, edited with a prologue by Helvicus."--BM 15th cent.
Title from incipit of text on leaf a2r.
Imprint from ISTC.
Chancery folio, printed in double columns. Leaf a2r: 45 lines, plus headline; area of text: 202 (212) x 129 mm.; col. width: 56 mm. Initial spaces. Printed paragraph marks. "A printer's flower 17 mm. in length is used on [²l6r, ²n3r, ²t4r, ²t6v, ²v10v] and another of 16 mm. in length on [²o9v]."--BM 15th cent. With signatures; without foliation or catchwords.
Signatures: A-B⁸ a-y¹⁰ z⁶ 2a-2b⁸, ²a-2b¹⁰ 2c-2d⁸ (leaves A1, a1, ²a1 and ²d8 blanks).
Includes index.
Local notes:
Leaf size: 286 x 205 mm.
Penn Libraries copy: rubrication: large initials supplied in red and blue with red and/or blue penwork extensions; small initials and paragraph marks supplied in red or blue; underlines and capital strokes supplied in red.
Penn Libraries copy had modern ms. bibliographical notes in ink and pencil on front pastedown; ms. bibliographical note in ink (title, author and imprint information) in ink on leaf a1r.
Penn Libraries copy has dated 19th-century autograph ("Stockton Hough 1890") of John Stockton Hough between two ms. notes ("Table should have been bound in first." and "From Barlow Collection", the latter probably a reference to Samuel L.M. Barlow, whose library was sold at auction in 1890) in his hand, both in pencil.
Penn Libraries copy has paper slip with bookseller's printed description of another copy of this work, with ms. notes ("Editio Princeps." and "Quaritc [sic] 1889") in pencil, affixed to front pastedown.
Penn Libraries copy bound in contemporary full blind-tooled brown leather over square-edge wooden boards (wormed and damaged at corners); remains of 2 metal clasps on right board; evidence of two catchplates on left board; 5 raised bands on spine (backstrip wanting); ms. title ("liber de similitudi[ni]b[us] et exemplis") on tail-edge.
Penn Libraries copy imperfect: leaves B4-B8 wanting.
Penn Libraries copy: "Tabula" (leaves A1-B3) bound in at end of volume.
Penn Libraries copy: leaves occasionally dampstained at inner and/or tail margins; head outer corner of leaf m6 torn off; tail outer corner of leaves r4, ²c1, ²h8 and ²2b⁶ torn off; portion of fore-edge margin of leaf x4 torn off; leaf ²x6 torn in fore-edge margin; occasional ink smears on leaves; a few wormholes in leaves at beginning and end of volume.
Penn Provenance:
Hough, John Stockton, 1845-1900 (autograph)
Barlow, Samuel L. M. (Samuel Latham Mitchill), 1826-1889 (former owner) (inscription)
Penn Chronology:
1478-1479 (ca.)
Cited in:
Goff J-427
BM 15th cent. IX, p. 45 (IB.47525)
GW M14692
BN cat. des incun. J-281
BSB-Ink. I-515
Walsh, J.E. 15th cent. printed books, 3877
ISTC ij00427000
Paffraet, Richard, printer.
Incunable Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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