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Incunabula

The BPL’s incunabula collection embodies the varied output of the 15th-century European printing press. As of February, 2020, the collection is comprised of 583 physical items printed during the 15th century, the majority of which are books (issued either individually or as parts of multi-volume sets). The collection also contains a small number of single-sheet publications, blockbooks, and fragments of books that merit individual cataloging. In total, there are 555 discrete 15th-century edition...



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Aug 14, 2015 Euclid; Adelard, of Bath, approximately 1116-1142, translator; Campano, da Novara, -1296, commentator; Mocenigo, Giovanni, 1408-1485, dedicatee; Hypsicles, of Alexandria; Isidorus, of Miletus, 6th century; Gherardo, da Cremona, 1113 or 1114-1187, translator; Ratdolt, Erhard, 1447?-1527 or 1528, printer
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For information about incunabula at the Boston Public Library, consult the library's  incunabula research guide . Title from incipit printed in red on leaf a2 recto.
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Topic: Geometry
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Sep 18, 2021 Brant, Sebastian, 1458-1521
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For information about incunabula at the Boston Public Library, consult the library's  incunabula research guide . CXXXXV, [3] leaves : 22 cm (4to)
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Topics: Folly -- Poetry, Folly -- Early works to 1800, Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800, Folly in art...
Incunabula
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In two volumes: [12], 257 and 271, [45] leaves.
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Place from Incunabula short title catalogue; imprint derived from colophon [1]₆ recto: Explicit tractatus de memoria D. Matheoli Perusini medicine doctoris famosissimi edit[us] in Italia. Impressus a Martino Schotto, ciue Argen̄: quarto ydus Octobres anno Christi. M.cccc.lxxxxoctauo.
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[136] leaves ; 21 cm (4to)
Topics: Theology, Doctrinal -- Early works to 1800, Christian ethics -- History -- Early church, ca....
[46] leaves ; 20 cm (4to)
Topics: Horace -- Versification, Boethius, -524 -- Versification, Grammar, Comparative and general -- Early...
Incunabula
- Isaac, Bishop of Nineveh, active 7th century
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70 leaves : 16 cm (8vo)
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- Pontanus, Johannes Jovianus
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Titles from incipits for the two works, leaves a2 recto and l1 recto: Ioannis Iouiani Pontani De fortitudine ad Alfonsum Ducem Calabriae liber primus incipit ... ; Ioannis Iouiani Pontani ad Alfonsum Calabriae Ducem De principe liber feliciter incipit
Title from caption at incipit on leaf [1]₁ recto.
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- Nicolaus, Pergaminus, attributed name; Mayno, de' Mayneri, -1368, attributed name; Winters, Conrad, active 1475-1482, printer; Maggs Bros., former owner. MB
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Ascribed to Nicolaus Pergamenus on the basis of Paris BN MS. lat 8512, and to the Milanese doctor Mayno de Mayneriis on the basis of a MS. at Cremona C, supported by local references in the text (Pio Rajna, Intorno al cosiddetto Dialogus creaturarum ed al suo autore, in Giornale storico della letteratura italiana 10 (1887) pp. 75-113).--ISTC
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- Busche, Hermann von dem
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[188] leaves ; 14 cm (8vo)
Topics: Preaching -- Early works to 1800, Sermons, Latin -- Early works to 1800
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- Albertus, de Saxonia, -1390
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[10] leaves ; 21 cm (4to)
Topics: Ratio and proportion -- Early works to 1800, Motion -- Early works to 1800
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[136] leaves ; 29 cm (fol. and 4to)
Topics: Catholic Church -- Government -- Early works to 1800, Christian sociology -- Catholic Church --...
Imprint derived from colophon (q8 recto): Hie endet sich das Bůch d[as] genant ist zů Latein Gesta Romanorum zů Teütsch d[as] Bůch von den Geschichten od[er] geschehen Dingen der römer gedrucket von Hannsen Schobser in der Stat Augspurg Anno D[omi]ni M. cccc. Lxxxix. Iare am Abend Mathie des heiligen czwelff poten.
Incunabula
- Filelfo, Giovanni Mario, 1426-1480
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[160] leaves ; 23 cm (4to)
Incunabula
- Walter, of England, Archbishop of Palermo, active 1177; Greyff, Michael, -approximately 1512, printer
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Title from A1 recto
Incunabula
- Quintilian.; Quintilian
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- Nider, Johannes, approximately 1380-1438; Zell, Ulrich, -1503, printer
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Title from incipit ([1]₁ recto).
Topics: Theology, Occultism, Witchcraft
Incunabula
- Eusebius, of Caesarea, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 260-approximately 340
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[209] leaves ; 29 cm (4to)
Topics: Chronology, Historical, History, Ancient, World history
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- Boethius, -524
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"Incipiunt duo libri de arithmetica anitij manilij feuerini Boetij viri clarissimi [et] illustrissimi ex co[n]sulis ordinarij: patricij: ad patricium simmachum"--Caption title at head of p. [3].
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- Nonius Marcellus, 4th cent; Bonini, Bonino, approximately 1450-1528, printer
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Title from Incunabula short title catalogue.
Incunabula
- Arrivabene, Giorgio, active 1483-1520, printer; Voet, Joannis, former owner; Hyllius, Philipp, former owner; Rosenstern, Herbert J., former owner; Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, former owner; Kloster Scho˜ntal, former owner
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Imprint from ISTC as derived from the colophon (2E10 recto): Explicit biblia Venetiis impressa per Georgium de riuabenis mantuanum a[lia]s parente[m]. Anno d[omi]ni. Mcccclxxxvij iij. cal. martij
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- Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400; Pynson, Richard, -1530, printer; J. & J. Leighton, binder. MB
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For information about incunabula at the Boston Public Library, consult the library's  incunabula research guide . Title from introductory prohemye (lines 25-31) on a1 recto
Incunabula
- Caesar, Julius; Oppius, C., active 1st century B.C; Philelphus, Petrus Justinus, active 15th century; Zarotto, Antonio, printer; Hirtius, Aulus. Bellum Alexandrinum; Marlianus, Raimundus, approximately 1420-1475. Index commentariorum G. Julii Caesaris
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Title from ISTC
Topic: Caesar, Julius
[18] leaves : 19 cm (4to)
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[4] leaves : 19 cm (4to)
Topics: Catholic Church -- Liturgy, Mass -- Early works to 1800
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[38] leaves ; 21 cm (4to)
Topic: Fables, Latin
Incunabula
- Mancinelli, Antonio, 1452-approximately 1505.; Mancinelli, Antonio, 1452-approximately 1505
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[26] leaves ; 18 cm (4to)
Topic: Latin language -- Metrics and rhythmics -- Early works to 1800
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- Jacobus, de Voragine, approximately 1229-1298; Zainer, Gu˜nther, -1478, printer; Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958, former owner. MB
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Date from ISTC: a copy at Munchen BSB has a MS. date of 1475
Topics: Christian saints, Church calendar
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Title from Catalogue of books printed during the XVth century now in the British Museum 
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An anonymous poem in 59 stropes, "otto rime." A version was reprinted in Venice in 1524 by Francesco Bindoni. In this edition, printed without title or date, a two-page printing of "La orazione over confessione de Sancto Isidoro martire" is appended.
Topic: Ottava rimas, Italian
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- Prüss, Johann, 1447-1510, printer; Ponanski, Jaross, former owner
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Signatures: a6-z6, A6-Z6, Aa6-Ll6; signatures a, l, s, B, F, K, N, S, Cc, Ff ,and Hh are in 8
Topic: Natural history
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[78] leaves ; 32 cm (fol.)
Topic: Speeches, addresses, etc. -- Early works to 1800
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[26] leaves : 21 cm (4to)
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- Bracciolini, Poggio, 1380-1459; Reinhard, Marcus, printer; Philippi, Nicolaus, printer
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Title from caption ([1]₈ recto): Pogii florentini oratoris clarissimi liber face//tiarum incipit feliciter
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- Joannes Carthusiensis, active 1480; Jenson, Nicolas, approximately 1420-1480, printer
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Title devised by cataloger
Topics: Catholic Church, Theology, Doctrinal
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- Savonarola, Girolamo, 1452-1498.; Savonarola, Girolamo, 1452-1498
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[10] leaves : 21 cm (4to)
Topic: Humility -- Early works to 1800
Incunabula
- Donatus, Aelius; Scho˜nsperger, Johann, -1520?, printer; Zaehnsdorf (Firm), binder. MB
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A variant of ISTC no. id00340800 (Hain 6340*). In this issue, there is no woodcut on A1 recto. Instead, "donatus" is printed in a single line in black-letter with no additional text
Topic: Latin language
Incunabula
- Silius Italicus
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Neveu corrects Polain's description
Title from caption on [1]₁ recto.
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Title from incipit (a2 recto) as transcribed by Polain.
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- Albrecht, von Scharfenberg, active 13th century; Mentelin, Johann, approximately 1410-1478, printer; Wolfram, von Eschenbach, active 12th century, dubious author
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Title and imprint from ISTC; date from colophon ([31]₇ recto): Mit rimen schlecht drei genge. Seint dise lider worden. Gemessen in rechter lenge. Weise vn[d] wort nach maisterlichem orden. Zu kurtz zu lang ein liet vil wol smachet. Ich wolfram bin vnschuldig, Ob schreiber recht vnrichtig machet. .M.CCCC.LXXXVII.
Incunabula
- Claudianus, Claudius
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[142] leaves ; 20 cm (4to)
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- Natalibus, Petrus de, active 1370-1400; Verlus, Antonius, editor; Sancto Ursio, Henricus de, active 1480-1508, printer; Pluemel, Johannes, 1476-1508, former owner.
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Imprint from colophon (R8 verso): Catalogi sanctor[um] per reuere[n]dissimu[m] dominum petrum de natalibus uenetu[m] episcopu[m] equilinu[m] editi opus finit : Vicentiae per henricu[m] de sancto ursio librariu[m] solerti cura i[m]ressu[m] : Augustino Barbadico i[n]clyto uenetiaru[m] Duce. Anno salutis .M. CCCCLXXXXIII .p. die id[us] dece[m]bris
Topic: Christian saints
Incunabula
- Pseudo-Augustinus; Chappiel, Antoine, printer; Jaumar, Claude, publisher
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Imprint transcribed from ISTC
Topic: Catholic Church
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[16] leaves ; 20 cm (4to)
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Title from caption at head of first page of text; text attributed to Alvise da Cà da Mosto. For discussion of authorship see: Melzi, G. Dizionario di opere anonime e pseudonime di scrittori italiani, 2:362.
Incunabula
- Giovanni d'Andrea, approximately 1270-1348; Creussner, Friedrich, active 1472-1499, printer
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Title from Incunabula short title catalogue
Topics: Bible, Consanguinity (Canon law), Affinity (Canon law), Ecclesiastical law, Impediments to marriage...
Incunabula
- Horace; Kerver, Thielmann, -1522, printer; Marnef, Jean de, active 1485-1510, bookseller; Marnef, Geoffroy de, active 1489-1518, bookseller; Marnef, Enguilbert de, active 1491-1535, bookseller; Petit, Jean, active 1492-1530, bookseller; Barton, Thomas Pennant, 1803-1869, former owner. MB
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Imprint derived from a1 recto (De Marnefs' device; "Venundatur parrhisiis Leone arge[n]teo et in Pellicano Regionis diui Iacobi") and colophon (f7 verso): Finis commentationis dilucidein Quinti horatii Flacci de arte poetica praeclarum sane opsuculum: impressume solertia Thielmann keruer in inclyto Parrhisioruz gymmnasio Ad idus maias Anni gratiae christianae, M.CCCCC, Deo laus et gloria
Topics: Aesthetics, Poetics, Epistolary poetry, Latin, Didactic poetry, Latin, Criticism
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Title from a1 recto; caption, a2 recto: "Acqui comiença la coronacion compuesta por Iuan de mena al Marques Iñigo lopez de mendoça."
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[18] leaves ; 21 cm (4to)
Topics: Duns Scotus, John, approximately 1266-1308, Franciscus, de Mayronis, approximately...
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- Eggestein, Heinrich, approximately 1415- printer; Parker, Theodore, 1810-1860, former owner
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Title and imprint from ISTC
Source: folio
Incunabula
- Sabellicus, Marcus Antonius
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36 cm (fol.)
Incunabula
- Catholic Church; Pigouchet, Philippe, active 15th century-16th century, printer; Vostre, Simon, active 1488-1520, bookseller; Belton House (Lincolnshire, England), former owner
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Imprint derived folophon (l8 verso): Ces presentes heures a lusage de Ro[m]me furent acheuees le. xx. iour de Mars Lan M.CCCC.iiii.xx [et] xvi. pour Simon vostre Libraire demourant a paris en la rue neuue a lenseigne sainct Iehan leuangeliste.
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De generatione Christi. Imprint from incunabula short title catalogue; Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke dates 1489-500. Sack dates to ca. 1487-1488, based on paper evidence. See: Sack, Vera. Die Inkunabeln der Universitätsbibliothek und anderer öffentlicher Sammlungen in Freiburg im Breisgau und Umgebung, no. 1479.
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- Ficino, Marsilio, 1433-1499; Koberger, Anton, approximately 1440-1513, printer; Rappaport, C. E. firm, booksellers, Rome, bookseller
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Imprint from colophon
Topic: Latin letters, Medieval and modern
2 v. in 1 ; 21 cm (4to)
Topics: Greek prose literature, Greek letters
Incunabula
- Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo
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Title from incipit on a2 recto
Incunabula
- Astemio, Lorenzo
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[30] leaves ; 22 cm (4to)
Incunabula
- Bracciolini, Poggio, 1380-1459; Bracciolini, Jacopo, 1441-1478, translator; Federico, da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, 1422-1482, dedicatee; Le Rouge, Jacques, active 1473-1490, printer
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Title from incipit (a1 recto): Prohemio di Iacopo di messer Poggio allo illustrissimo Signor Federico da Monte Feltro conte Durbino nella Historia fiorentina dimesser Poggio suo padre et tradocta dalui dilatino inlingua fiorentina
Topics: Florence (Italy) -- History -- To 1421, Florence (Italy) -- History -- 1421-1737
Incunabula
- Calpurnius Siculus, Titus
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[24] leaves ; 21 cm (4to)
29 cm (fol.)
[120] leaves: 15 cm (8vo)
Topic: Meditations
[54] leaves ; 19 cm (4to)
Topics: Private revelations, Prophecies, Prophecy -- Christianity, Apocalyptic literature, Florence (Italy)...
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- Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274; Flach, Martin, approximately 1440-approximately 1510, printer; Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274. Epistola ad ducissam Brabantiae; Maggs Bros., former owner. MB
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Title from incipit on [1]₁ recto.
Topics: Catholic Church, Sacraments, Economic policy, Jews
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- Lucena, Juan de, -1506?
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Imprint derived from colophon (C7 recto): Esta obra se acabo en la çibdad de çamora. viernes siete dias del mes de hebrero. Año del señor de .mill.cccc.lxxx.iij. años. Centenera.
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- Jerome, Saint, -419 or 420; Damasus I, Pope, 305-384; Petri, Gabriel, active 1472-1481, printer; Eusebius, of Cremona, Saint, -approximately 423. Epistola de morte Hieronymi; Cyril, Saint, Bishop of Jerusalem, approximately 315-386. De miraculis Hieronymi; Augustine, of Hippo, Saint, 354-430. Epistola de magnificentiis Hieronymi
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Printer's name from Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum; place and date of publication from colophon (k8 verso): Finita q[ue]sta op[er]a in uenexia a[nno] di 12 sete[m]brio 1476
Topic: Jerome, Saint, -419 or 420
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- Ailly, Pierre d', 1350-1420?
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Year and place from colophon (leaf C7 verso): Imp[re]ssi arge[n]tine anno d[omi]ni. M.ccccxc.
Topic: Theology
[98] leaves : 30 cm (fol.)
Topic: Military art and science -- Early works to 1800
Incunabula
- Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374; Zainer, Johannes, -1541?, bookseller
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A Latin paraphrase of Boccaccio's Decameron X,10 by Francesco Petrarca
Topic: Griselda (Legendary character)
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- Columbus, Christopher; Cosco, Leandro di, translator; Sanchez, Gabriel, -1505; Plannck, Stephan, active 15th century, printer; Carninis, Leonardus de. Epigramma ad invictissimum regem Hispaniarum; Aspinwall, Thomas, 1786-1876, former owner. MB; Barlow, Samuel L. M. (Samuel Latham Mitchill), 1826-1889, former owner. MB
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Signatures: [1⁴] (all leaves unsigned).
Topics: Columbus, Christopher, Indians of the West Indies
Incunabula
- Vassurtus, Rodericus
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Title from caption on a6 recto: "Praxis prenosticandi Rhoderici basurtij sub regmare exemplo anni incarnationis dominice. M.cccc.xc.vij. incipientris currere ad vtilitatem scolasticorum edita foeliciter inchoat."
Topic: Astrology -- Early works to 1800
Incunabula
- Printer of Augustinus "De fide", printer; Riviere & Son, binder. MB
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Title from caption at incipit on leaf [1]₁ recto.
Topic: Latin drama (Comedy)
Incunabula
- Creussner, Friedrich, active 1472-1499, printer
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Title from Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum
Topic: Catholic Church
Incunabula
- Anselm, Saint, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1033-1109; Husner, Georg, -1505, printer
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Title from incipit ([1]₁ recto); imprint from GW.
Topic: Atonement