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Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, active 13th century

Bartholomeu[s] de proprietatib[us] re[rum].

Additional Title(s):

De proprietatibus rerum. English

[Westminster] : [Wynken de Worde], [approximately 1495]
Physical Description:
[956] pages : illustrations ; 30 cm (fol.)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
AE2 .B37 1495+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
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Translated from the Latin by John Trevisa in 1398.
Printer from colophon; place and date of publication from ISTC.
Colophon (in verse, leaves oo4v-oo5v): ... By Wyken de Worde whyche thruh his dyligence Emprentyd hath at prayer and desyre Of Roger Thorney mercer ...
Signatures: A⁶ B⁸ b⁶ c-z⁸ [et]⁶ [con]⁸, ²A-V⁸ X-Z⁶ aa-cc⁸ dd-gg⁶ hh-mm⁸ nn⁴ oo⁶ (A6 blank); n3 signed 'n2', N2 signed 'N1', dd3 signed 'dd4'.
White-on-black xylographic title page; repeated on oo6v.
Includes 19 woodcut illustrations in the text, based on those in a Dutch edition (Haarlem: Jacob Bellaert, 25 December 1485) and in the various French editions published in Lyon. See Hodnett.
Woodcut printer's device of William Caxton on [con]8r and oo6r.
Six- and 3-line lombard initials.
Text in double columns, 42 lines per column.
The first English book printed entirely on paper made in England. The "chancery"-size paper was made by John Tate (so credited in the colophon) at the first English paper mill, established in the early 1490s.
The colophon gives some biographical information on William Caxton.
Selected exhibitions: "Fifty-five Books Printed before 1525: Representing the Works of England's First Printers, an Exhibition from the Collection of Paul Mellon" (Grolier Club, 17 January-3 March 1968).
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 1536
Duff, E.G. Fifteenth century English books, 40
Copinger, W.A. Supplement to Hain's Repertorium bibliographicum, 2520
Proctor, R. Index to the early printed books in the British Museum, 9725
Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries, B-143
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, 3414
English short title catalogue, ib00143000
Catalogue of the fifteenth-century printed books in the Harvard University Library, 3994
Grolier Club. Fifty-five books printed before 1525 (1968), 21
Hodnett, E. English woodcuts 1480-1535, pages 315-317
BAC: British Art Center copy imperfect: lacks final leaf (with the printer's device on the recto and the woodcut title on the verso). "The title on leaf 1 is trimmed to the woodcut edge and mounted. The poem, 'Crosse was made all of red ...' has been expertly inlaid in the verso of the sheet on which the title is mounted. Both fragments are supplied from other copies."--Grolier Club. Bound in 19th-century blind-tooled leather.
BAC: British Art Center copy: "At front is the bookplate of Lord Amherst of Hackney, who purchased the book from the sale of the library of Cecil Dunn Gardner (21 June 1880). On a flyleaf at back is a penciled note in Gardner's hand, initialed 'CDG,' stating that the book was bought for him at a sale at Puttick's in 1864. It was bought by Maggs Bros. at the sale of Lord Amherst's books (Sotheby's, 19 Jan. 1921). From E.M. Lawson Ltd."--Grolier Club.
Subject Terms:
Amherst, William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst, Baron, 1835-1909 -- Bookplate.
Botany -- Pre-Linnean works.
Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492.
Civilization, Medieval.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries -- Early works to 1600.
Gardner, Cecil Dunn, 1826-1903 -- Autograph.
Incunabula in Yale Library.
Medicine, Medieval.
Papermaking -- England -- History -- 15th century.
Science, Medieval.
Zoology -- Pre-Linnean works.
Type-body impressions (Printing)
Trevisa, John, -1402.
Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534?, printer.
Thorney, Roger, active 1495.
Tate, John, -1507, papermaker.

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