Collection: BC Incunabula: Incunabula (Brotherton Collection)

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Title: [Flores astrologiae]

Other titles: Nukat; Flores Albumasaris

Level: Item 

Classmark: BC Incunabula/ALB

Creator(s): Abū Ma'shar (d. 886)

Additional creator(s): Johannes, Hispalensis (Translator); Ratdolt, Erhard (1447?-1527 or 1528) (Printer); Capé, Charles-François (1806-1867) (Binder); Schedel, Hartmann (1440-1514) (Former owner); Redgrave, G R (1844-1941) (Former owner); Brotherton, Edward Allen 1st baron (1856-1930) (Former owner)

Publisher: Erhardi ratdolt Augustensis viri solertis eximia industria: & mira imprimendi arte; Erhard Ratdolt

City: Auguste vindelicorum [Augsburg]

Date: xiiij. Kal[endas] Dece[m]bris.M.cccc.lxxxviij. [18 November 1488]

Main language: Latin

Size and medium: [20] leaves

Persistent link: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections-explore/37394 

Printed items catalogue: http://lib.leeds.ac.uk/record=b3426931

Collection group(s): Incunabula

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Description

Signatures: a-b⁸ c⁴.

Imprint from colophon.

Colophon on c3v reads:Opus floru[m] Albumasaris explicit feliciter Erhardi Ratdolt Augustensis viri solertis eximia industria : & mira imprimendi arte : qua nup[er] venetijs : nu[n] Auguste Vindelicor[um] excellit nominatissim[us].xiiij. Kal[endas] Dece[m]bris .M.cccc.lxxxviij.

Translated into Latin by Johannes Hispalensis.

Printed with 40 long lines to a full page.

Ornamental woodcut initials.

Woodcuts of seven astrological diagrams.

Large woodcuts of the planetary signs and smaller woodcuts of the twelve signs of the zodiac.

The last leaf [c4] is blank and unsigned.

Indexed in: ISTC no. ia00356000.

Indexed in: Goff A-356; Hain *609; BMC II 382.

Features

Leaf numbers added in early red ink manuscript at the upper right of rectos.

Ink manuscript note in the hand of Gilbert R. Redgrave on recto of front flyleaf: Note: The carefully illuminated arms at the bottom of page A2, the device of some former owner. This book is bound by Capé, the best of all for thin bindings! First edition with date - has the rare blank leaf at end.

In pencil manuscript in a later hand on recto of front flyleaf: Schedel's copy paginated by him & with his portrait at the foot of the first leaf.

The first woodcut initial has been coloured in red, blue, green and yellow, the remaining woodcut initials in red and blue alternately.

The three zodiac signs at the foot of leaf a2r have been coloured in.

Small details on the woodcuts of planetary signs have been highlighted in red.

Capital strokes supplied in red.

Bindings

Nineteenth-century French half binding of brown goatskin and brown marbled paper over pasteboard by Capé, whose name is printed on the upper left verso of the front free endpaper. The spine has six raised bands. Gold-tooled in the second panel is the title: Flores Albumasaris. Gold-tooled in the third panel is the date 1488. The pastedowns are of marbled paper featuring the comb pattern in red, orange, blue, brown, black and cream. The leaf edges are coloured red and the book has a green silk ribbon register. Size: 212 x 155mm. Leaf size: 210 x 150mm.

Provenance

A painted coat of arms featuring a moor's head has been added to the foot of leaf a2r, the device of a former owner, possibly Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514).

Inscription in black ink manuscript at the bottom of the verso of the front free endpaper in the hand of Gilbert G. Redgrave: Sold by Puttick & Simpson Dec 17th 1889.

Inscription in black ink manuscript on the recto of the front flyleaf: Ex libris Gilbert R. Redgrave, Muswell Hill, London. 1890.

Bookplate of Gilbert R. Redgrave (1844-1941) on the front pastedown dated 1894.

Cuttings from three sale catalogues on the back pastedown.

Coloured armorial bookplate of Lord Brotherton on the front pastedown. The book was most likely acquired after 17 June 1929 when Sir Edward Allen Brotherton was created Baron Brotherton of Wakefield.

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