Speculu[m] sapie[n]tie Beati Cirilli episcopi alias quadripartitus apologieticus vocatus : in cuius quidem prouerbiis omnis et totius sapientie speculu[m] claret : feliciter incipit.

[Paris] : Georg Mittelhus, [between 1494 and 1500]
[72] leaves ; 13 cm. (8vo)

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Standardized Title:
Speculum sapientiae.
mea- i-** itmi **gr (C) 1494 (Q)
Incunabula -- France -- Paris -- 1494.
Printer's devices (Printing) -- France -- Paris -- 15th century.
Place of Publication:
France Paris.
Attributed in this edition, as in all mss. and early printed books, to a Cyrillus episcopus, variously identified with St. Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, St. Cyril of Thessalonica, or Cyrillus de Quidenon. Cf. J.G.T. Grässe, Die beiden ältesten latein. Fabeldicht. d. Mittelalters, p. 285-290, and GW, v. 7, col. 232.
Also attributed to Bonjohannes de Messana. Cf. T. Kaeppeli, Scriptores ordinis praedicatorum medii aevi, I, 699.
"Dated between 1494 and 1500 from the state of the types and the device by CIBN and Hillard, and about 1497 by Goff and in GW"--ISTC.
Chancery octavo. Leaf a3r: 32 lines, plus headline; area of text: 100 (105) x 64 mm. Initial spaces with guide letters. Printed paragraph marks. With signatures; without foliation or catchwords. Woodcut printer's device, monogram GM (56 x 64 mm.), on leaf i8v.
Signatures: a-i⁸.
Local notes:
Penn Libraries copy is no. 3 in a volume of four Latin theological works printed in Paris at the turn of the 16th century (nos. 3 and 4 of which are incunables, Goff C-1020 and A-1352, respectively).
Leaf size: 120 x 90 mm.
Penn Libraries copy without rubrication.
Penn Libraries copy has a few early ms. underlines in brown ink in text.
Deposited with the Penn Libraries by Robert H. Lamborn.
Penn Libraries copy has dated 19th-century ms. ownership inscription ("Philippi Saxer Studiosi Theologiae. Lucernae 1822.") of Philipp Saxer in brown ink on front free endpaper; dated 19th-century autograph ("Wm. L. McNeill 1872") of William L. McNeill on front free endpaper.
Penn Libraries copy bound in full parchment; 3 raised bands on spine; spine damaged.
Penn Libraries copy: leaves dampstained.
Penn Provenance:
Lamborn, Robert H. (donor)
McNeill, William L. (autograph)
Saxer, Philipp (former owner) (inscription)
Penn Chronology:
1494-1500 (between)
1497 (ca.)
Cited in:
Goff C-1020
BM 15th cent. VIII, p. 129 (IA.40089)
GW 7893
BN cat. des incun. C-699
ISTC ic01020000
Cyril, Saint, Bishop of Jerusalem, approximately 315-386.
Cyril, Saint, Apostle of the Slavs, ca. 827-869.
Cyrillus, de Quidenon, 13th cent.
Bonjohannes, de Messana, 14th cent.
Mittelhus, Georg, printer.
Incunable Collection (University of Pennsylvania)