De similitudinibus rerum

Accession number: 
PML 21158
Joannes, de Sancto-Geminiano, -approximately 1314.
[Deventer] : [Richardus Pafraet], [about 1477-1479]
[524] leaves ; 30 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1920.

On the authorship, which is also ascribed to Helwicus Teutonicus, see Martin Grabmann, Mittelalterliches Geistesleben, München, 1926-36, II, pp. 581 ff. Cf. also Thomas Kaeppeli, Scriptores Ordinis Praedicatorum medii aevi, vol. 2, Roma, 1975, p. 539 (Sack(Freiburg)).
Title from incipit, leaf A2r: Incipit tabula vniuersalis totius libri subsequentis, qui i[n]titulatur de similitudinibus rerum s[e]c[un]d[u]m ordinem litteraru[m] alphabeti, vbi vnumquodq[ue] i[n]ueniendum sit euidenter ostentatis.
Imprint from ISTC.
Printed in Pafraet's type 1A:89G.
Signatures: A-B⁸; a-y¹⁰ z⁶ aa-bb⁸; ²a-²z¹⁰ ²aa-²bb¹⁰ cc-dd⁸: 524 leaves, leaves A1, a1, ²a1 and dd8 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 28.5 x 20.6 cm.
PML copy with mosisture damage/staining to edges and gutter, predominantly in first few quires.

19th-century Netherlandish blind-tooled pigskin, in a pastiche of an early style, over wooden boards (30 x 22 cm), sewn on 4 supports by Abraham van Rossum (Vijzelstratt, Amsterdam). Plain paper pastedowns and endleaves. 1 clasp, missing.
Variant Title: 

Liber de exemplis ac similitudinibus rerum


Hand decoration: Contemporary rubrication, red initials, C-shaped paragraph marks, and capital strokes; primary initials painted in red, blue, orange, and green with foliate decoration. Annotations: Minimal contemporary marginal notations in text.

Heusden (Netherlands), Franciscan nuns, St. Catherine, inscription: "Liber soro[rum] dom[us] s[an]c[t]e katherine in huesde[n]" (leaf A1r); "Catalogue d'une belle collection...provenant de la bibliotheque d'un convent du Brabant septentrional," Martin Nijhoff (The Hague), 15 Oct. 1855, lot 389 (in old binding with music manuscript leaves from 14th century), and Nijhoff, "Troisième catalogue de livres anciens et modernes" (1856), no. 1687; from an unidentified owner, "Catalogue de manuscrits et de livres provenant des collections Baron Van den Bogaerde de Heeswijk, J.P. Six, à Amsterdam, etc.," Frederick Muller (Amsterdam), part I, 7 May 1901, lot 254; J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), purchased from Davis & Orioli, Sept. 1920.