Psalterium: Psalterium [Latin and German].
Add: Nicolaus de Lyra: Postilla [German]. Translated by Heinrich von Mügeln.
[Strassburg: Printer of Henricus Ariminensis (Georg Reyser?), ca. 1474]
Fol. [14 2-4110]. 404 leaves, the fifth blank.
ISTC ip01066000; GW M26631; Goff P1066; BMC I 79 (IB. 862); BSB-Ink N-123.
Printed in type (1:120G) ascribed to Georg Reyser by Ohly, and tentatively to Heinrich Eggestein by Needham, Christie's, Doheny 19. BSB-Ink dates ca. 1478 from paper evidence - ISTC.
|Shelf-mark:||Sp Coll BD9-d.20 (see main library entry for this item)|
|Note:||For a detailed description of this copy, see F.W. Ratcliffe, ‘A Strassburg incunable in the Euing Collection in Glasgow University Library’, The Bibliotheck, 3 (1962), 165-73.|
|Provenance:||Diether vom Bremen (16th century): ‘Diether vom bremen’ on 2/1r (f. 5r) followed by ‘Ein tütscher wolgedrückter psalter’; remnants of lettering have survived the excision of a 1.5 cm strip from the upper margin of 2/1 - evidence of an earlier ownership(?) inscription.
Berlin, Bibliotheca Regia (Preussische Staatsbibliothek): circular stamps, one in red ink ‘Ex Biblioth. Regia Berolinensi’ on 2/2r (f. 6r), the other in black ink ‘VEND. EX BIBL. REG. BEROL.’; ‘dpl’ and number ‘7192’ in pencil on 2/1v.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow: source unknown; an early Euing inventory number ‘123’ in pencil on 2/1v; a piece of paper containing Euing’s description of this copy is loosely mounted on 2/1v.
Presented by Euing, 1872.
|Binding:||Germany, 16th-century buff-coloured sheepskin over wooden boards; both covers decorated with intersecting triple fillets to form a centre panel bordered by two frames, the panel divided by fillets from corner to corner to form four triangles, frames undecorated; evidence of two fore-edge clasps, metal corner pieces and a metal centre-piece (all now lost but revealing that the leather was originally a pinkish-red colour); spine repaired at head and foot with calf and a 19th-century leather title label added. Parchment pastedowns are partial bifolia from a late 14th/early 15th manuscript with Biblical text in two columns, written in a regular Gothic cursive in black ink with red capitals; the text of the front pastedown includes I Kings 3:5 and Ecclesiastes 9:3, and the text of the rear pastedown includes I Samuel 16:8 and Ecclesiasticus 26:8, 10-11; the bifolia probably originate from some kind of service book. Size: 311 × 222 mm.|
|Leaf size:||297 x 213 mm.|
|Annotations:||A few early interlinear corrections on 30/10r (f. 285r); 15th/16th-century signatures (some cropped); a 19th-century transcript of the missing text of quire 1 (see Imperfections) is bound in between 2/1 and 2/2; 19th-century price ‘20/-’, price code ‘K/H’, and number ‘F 17.073’ all in pencil on front pastedown; various bibliographical annotations in German on 2/1v in more than one hand; ‘101/5’ in pencil on 2/1v is probably a binder’s job number relating to the spine repair; 19th-century pencil code ‘c/69’ on rear pastedown.|
|Decoration:||Nine-line initial “P” on 2/2r (f. 6r) supplied in red with reserved white; other initials throughout supplied in alternate red and blue, sometimes with marginal flourishing; capital strokes in red throughout; paragraph marks in red or blue; underlining in red.|
|Imperfections:||Wanting quire 1.|