Compendiosus tractatus de arte loquendi et tacendi.

Accession number: 
PML 30780.1
Albertano, da Brescia, active 13th century.
Antwerpiensis : impressum per me Gerardum Leeu, M cccc lxxxv mensis junii [June 1485].
[12] leaves ; 21 cm (4to)
Credit Line: 
Purchased in 1934.

Title from incipit (leaf a2r): Compendiosus tractatus de arte loquendi et tacendi, multum utilis.
Colophon (leaf b4v): Explicit liber de doctrina loque[n]di [et] tace[n]di ab Albertano causidico brixiensi ad i[n]structione[m] suor[um] filior[um] [com]posit[us]. Imp[re]ssum p[er] me Gerardu[m] leeu p[ro] dei gra[tiam] in oppido Antwerpie[n]sis Anno d[omi]ni M cccc lxxxv mensis junii.
Printed in Leeu's type 5:82G.
Collation: a⁸ b⁴: 12 leaves, leaf a1 blank.
Paper format: Chancery quarto
PML copy leaf dimensions: 20.8 x 13.2 cm.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: a1 (blank).

Contemporary English blind-stamped calf over wooden boards (22 x 14.5), sewn on 4 support by a bindery in York (St. Mary's?); repaired by Duprez Lahey. Plain paper (modern, formerly manuscript waste) pastedowns with manuscript waste fly leaves: obituary scroll of Thomas Pygot, Abbot of St. Mary's, York (d. 1405). One clasp, wanting; shield-shaped catch plate with incised decoration at fore edge.
Variant Title: 

De arte loquendi et tacendi


Hand decoration: Rubricated, red lombard with green penword decoration (leaf a2r); red paragraph marks, underlining, and capital strokes (all works in volume rubricated the same). Annotations: Contemporary English and Latin notations (on first and final leaves of volume), minor notations in text: crosses and manicules. Inscription (leaf a2r): Thomas Paynell translated thys treatise into Englishe [???], but no known translation by Paynell or another.

York, St. Mary's, Benedictine Abbey: (see Binding and) Ralph (Radulph) Hartley (ca. 1528-29), monk of St. Mary's, York and then prior of Wetheral (Cumbria, dissolved 1539), signature (rear endleaf 1 verso); Henry Brown, curate of St. Cuthbert (Carlisle), ownership inscriptions: "1567 Iste liber pertinet henrico browne curat' ecclesie sancti cuthberti infra ciuitatem Carliolensem [?] vicarioque ecclesie parochialis de stanwix Carliolensis [?] diocesis" (PML 30780.4: Gerson, Opusculum tripartitum, leaf C10r and PML 30780.5: Seuse, Horologium sapientiae, leaf g1v); Francis Howard, 17th century(?) (see also De Ricci, Census of Caxtons, 8.13 and Bod-inc C-196(1)), inscription: "Fidele et Heureux Franc. Howard" (PML 30780.1: Albertano, De arte loquendi, leaf a2r); Corby Castle, near Carlisle, seat of the Howards (see Goldschmidt article); Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased from E.P. Goldschmidt & Co., Sept. 1934.