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[Promptorius paruulorum siue clericorum]

Alternate Title:
Promptorius parvulorum sive clericorum; Incipit liber q[ui] dicitur Promptorium paruulorum siue clericorum; Incipit prologus in libellu[m] qui dicitur promptorius puerorum; Medulla gra[m]matice; Promptorius puerorum, sive Medulla grammaticae
Pynson, Richard, -1530 (printer); Egmont, Frederick, -1511? (publisher); Petrus, post Pascha (publisher)
Galfridus, Anglicus, active 1440
Early works to 1800; Middle English, 1100-1500
Jay I. Kislak Foundation (donor); Kislak, Jay I. (former owner); Macclesfield, Earls of (bookplate) (stamp); North Library (bookplate)
Inp[re]ssu[m] per ... Richardu[m] Pynson in expensis ... Fredrici Egmo[n]dt & Petri post Pascha
English language -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Dictionaries -- Latin, Medieval and modern -- Early works to 1800; Latin language, Medieval and modern -- Dictionaries -- English -- Early works to 1800; Latin language, Medieval and modern; English language; English language -- Middle English
Resource Type:
Dictionaries; Incunabula; Dictionaries -- England -- 15th century; Printers' devices (Printing) -- England -- London -- 15th century
Physical Description:
116 unnumbered leaves (the last leaf blank); 28 cm (folio)
Related Place:
England -- London.
"The author is asumed to be Galfridus Anglicus, or Grammaticus (fl. 1440)"--ISTC.; Title from incipit of text on leaf a2r, which reads: Incipit liber q[ui] dicitur Promptorium paruulorum siue clericorum.; "The title given in the colophon is 'Medulla grammatice'; this should not be confused with the different work by that name also attributed to Galfridus Grammaticus"--Bodleian.; Place of printing supplied from ISTC. Cf. also entry for Richard Pynson (Pinson) in STC (2nd ed.) III, p. 140.; Printer's and publishers' names and imprint date from colophon on leaf t3r, which reads: Ad laude[m] et honore[m] o[mn]ipotentis dei. et intemerate genitricis ei[us]. Finit excellentissimu[m] op[us] exiguis magnis[que] scolasrice vtilissimu[m] [quod] nu[n]cupatur Medulla gra[m]matice. Inp[re]ssu[m] per egregiu[m] Richardu[m] pynson. in expensis virtuoso[rum] viroru[m] Fredrici egmo[n]dt & Petri post pascha. an[no] d[omi]ni. M.cccc.nonagesimonono. Decima [quinta] die mensis Maii.; Frederick Egmont was a London bookseller of Dutch extraction, active from 1493 until his probable death in 1511. The name Petrus post Pascha, possibly also that of a London bookseller or publisher, appears only in this imprint. Cf. their entries in STC (2nd ed.) III, p. 58 and 136.; Chancery folio, printed in double columns. Leaf a3r: 41 lines to a full column, plus headline; area of text: 203 (215) x 141 mm.; col. width: 69 mm. Initials largely printed, with one large woodcut initial W (leaf s1r) and one initial space with guide letter (leaf a2r). Printed paragraph marks. With signatures; without foliation or catchwords. Woodcut printer's device (McKerrow 9; 111 x 91 mm.) of Richard Pynson on leaf t3v. "[Richard Pynson's] monogram is on a shield, surmounted by a crest and supported by two figures, identified as a boy and a girl, or as Adam and Eve ... In the border, which is a separate block but is seldom lacking, the Madonna and Child are in the lower left corner and St. Catherine of Alexandria, with her sword, and the Emperor Maximin at her feet, in the lower right corner. There is a play on the printer's name implied in the birds, the so-called 'gay pinsons' (Norman finches) atop the helmet and in the upper corners."--M. Harman, Printer's and publisher's devices in incunabula in the University of Illinois Library, no. 4.; Signatures: a-b⁸ c-s⁶ t⁴ (leaf t4 blank).; Leaf size: 263 x 190 mm.; Kislak Collection copy without rubrication.; Kislak Collection copy has ms. shelf-mark ("III. 4[?]. 6"), probably of the North Library at Shirburn Castle, Shirburn, England, in brown ink on verso of front free endpaper; ms. shelf-mark ("III-e-VI") in pencil on blank leaf following front free endpaper; early ms. underline in brown ink on leaf a1v; early ms. marginal note in brown ink on leaf b6v.; Presented to the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation in 2014.; Kislak Collection copy formerly held in the library of the Earls of Macclesfield at Shirburn Castle, Shirburn, England. (Cf. Sotheby's (Firm). The library of the Earls of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle: Part eleven, English books and manuscripts (13 March 2008), lot 3995.) With armorial bookplate (arms of the Earls of Macclesfield) of the North Library at Shirburn Castle with ms. shelf-mark ("III. E. 6") on front pastedown; armorial blind stamp of the Earls of Macclesfield on leaf a1.; Kislak Collection copy bound in 18th-century full mottled calf; boards ruled in gold; gold-tooled cover edges; 6 raised, gold-tooled bands on spine; gold-tooled spine panels; evidence of spine label; marbled endpapers; silk marker (now tan). Boards detached; spine and edges of boards damaged.; Kislak Collection copy imperfect: leaf t4 (blank) wanting.; Kislak Collection copy: leaves a1 and t3 each mounted on a blank leaf, the former on recto and the latter on verso (with excision to frame woodcut printer's device); leaves a2-a7 mended at inner margin; head outer corner of leaves a3 and s3-t3 each torn off and mended with blank leaf; head outer corner of leaf a1 torn off; portion of tail margin of leaf t3 excised.; Kislak Collection copy has a few ink smears on leaves d3v and d4r; some leaves at beginning and end of volume dampstained at head and/or tail margin.; Kislak Collection copy: leaf l3 torn at inner margin; small hole in head margin of leaf q6; wormhole in head margin of leaves 46-s2; wormhole in tail inner corner of leaves l3-t3.; Latin prologue; Middle English word-list with Latin definitions.
Physical Location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Incunables, Inc P-1011 Kislak copy
Incunable Collection (University of Pennsylvania); Jay I. Kislak Collection (University of Pennsylvania); STC Collection (University of Pennsylvania)