Boecius de consolacione philosophie.

Accession number: 
PML 775
Author: 
Boethius, -524.
Published: 
[Westminster] : William Caxton, [about 1478]
Description: 
[94] leaves ; 28 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Amherst collection, 1908.
Notes: 

"Epitaphiu[m] Galfridi Chaucer. per poetam laureatu[m] Stephauu[m] [sic] surigonu[m] Mediolanense[m] in decretis licenciatu[m]", in verse, leaf [12]/6.
An English translation by Geoffrey Chaucer, who is named on leaf [12]/5v. Includes a portion of the original Latin text.
Caption title, leaf [1]/2r.
Caxton is named on leaf [12]/5v; publication date from Needham.
Collation: [1-11⁸ 12⁶]: 94 leaves, leaf [1]/1 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio
PML copy leaf dimensions: 27.4 x 19.2 cm
PML copy missing 1 leaf: [1]/1 (blank); leaves [6]/1.8 bound after [12]/6, and [6]/2-7 bound after [10]/8.
Printed in Caxton's types 2:135B and 3:136B.

Binding: 
18th-century English sprinkled calf over paper boards (28.4 x 20.3 cm); rebacked by Durpez Lahey. Board edges worn but formerly with gilt decoration. Decorative endbands; sprinkled edges.
Inscriptions/Markings: 

Hand decoration: Rubricated, red lombards, paragraph marks, and underlining in red (most likely in Caxton's workshop, see BMC XI 346). C-type paragraph marks. Annotations: Sixteenth-century notes by John Stow, leaves [6]/7v, [6]/8v, [7]/1r, and [12]/4v (inscriptions on leaves [6]/8v and [7]/1r visible under UV), including "Love [th]at is powre it is with pyne" (IMEV 2013), "Out of a sermon prechid at Powls Crosse" referring to John Lydgate, "[th]e ryver of twyd partythe england and scot[land ... ] scotland," as well as notes/quotations from English chronicles, including Livy's Life of Henry V (see notes in dept. file).

Provenance: 
John Stow (1525?-1605), inscriptions (leaves [6]/8v, [7]/1r, and [12]/4v), before 1570; Edward and Henry Cortney, signatures (or in Stow's hand), 16th century (leaf [7]/1r); John Corbett, signature, 16th century (leaf [6]/7v); Francis William Henry Fane, Earl of Westmorland (1825-1891), armorial bookplate (front pastedown); his sale, Sotheby's, 13 July 1887, lot 310, to Quaritch; Bernard Quaritch, cat. 1886, no. 21840; William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst, Baron Amherst (1835-1909), armorial bookplate (front pastedown); his sale, Sotheby's London, 3 Dec. 1908, lot 124 (purchased prior to sale); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Amherst collection, 1908.
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