BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 77 Germany, s. XV^^2
Albertus Magnus, De animalibus
ff. 1r-388v Scienciam de animalibus secundum eam quam in
principio premisimus diuisionem post scientiam de vegetabilibus...Hec
igitur de uermibus dicta sint a nobis...et ego talium hominum parum
curo reprehensiones. Explicit edicio alberti magni quam scripsit
diffuse et gloriose de naturis animalium. Deo gratias.
A. Borgnet, ed., B. Alberti Magni...opera omnia, v. 11-12 (1891).
Paper, with parchment bifolios at beginning and end of each
gathering (watermarks: similar to Briquet Lettre P 8606 and 8625), ff.
ii (paper) + 388, 285 x 209 (180 x 137) mm. Written in two columns,
frame-ruled in crayon with double (occasionally single or triple)
horizontal bounding lines full across; single inner and double outer
vertical bounding lines; remains of prickings in upper, lower, and
I-XIV^^12, XV^^10, XVI-XXXII^^12, XXXXIII^^12 (-7, through 12)
Catchwords along lower edge in gutter, on verso; some signatures, on
recto (e.g., d 1, d 2, etc.).
Written by a single scribe in a neat running script for the text
and a more formal style for rubrics.
First initial on f. 1r, 10-line, painted blue, on red and green
ground, yellow highlights. Many small plain initials in red and/or
blue. Major headings lacking; minor rubrics and red initial strokes
Binding: s. xv-xvi. Sewn and wound on five slit, tawed straps
laced into oak boards and pegged or nailed. Kermes pink, braided
endbands attached to primary ones sewn on hempen [?] cores laced into
boards. Covered in brown calf, blind-stamped in a diamond pattern
filled in with roses, fleurs-de-lis, eagles, and lions [?]. Traces of
five round bosses on each board and of three nails to attach a chain at
the head of the lower board. Tongue-turn-ins. Two clasps on the upper
board and stubs of pink, tawed straps held to the lower with metal
plates. Remains of a title on parchment on the upper board. Numerous
place markers, some vermilion leather, some very small Turk's head
knots of leather or tawed skin. Rebacked.
Written in Germany in the second half of the 15th century; early
provenance unknown. Belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 2234;
inscription and stamp on f. 1r); his purchase from Longman. Collection
of C. F. G. R. Schwerdt (bookplate; see catalogue Hunting Hawking
Shooting [London, 1928] v. 2, p. 315); his sale (Sotheby's, 12 March
1946, no. 2176). Acquired from Goldschmidt's by David Wagstaff
(bookplate); gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Wagstaff in 1949.
secundo folio: corporis animalis
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 26, no. 77.
Barbara A. Shailor