Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection -- Manuscript Number: ljs452              Version:
Vocabularius Ex Quo    Germany, c. XV

Physical Description: 194 folios, 1-1312, 1411 (of 12, xii cancelled blank, 1510, 1614, 173 (of 6, iv-vi cancelled blanks), apparently complete, catchwords at lower edge of final versos of gatherings 1-13, 29-38 lines, written in a cursive script in brown ink in a frame-ruling of 4 verticals and 2 horizontals, justification 156 x 98 mm. two 4 line initials of red flourished brown, two- to three line initials of red and capitals touched red ff. 1-89 (repair to upper corner of f. 130 affecting extremity of 7 lines of text, damp staining at top of ff. 1-36 and 132-194 not affecting legibility. Unrestored 15thc Germanic limp vellum binding with link-stitch sewing on rigid leather backplate, sewn in chainstich, backplate of 2 layers, upper layer scored and decoratively punched to reveal underlying green and red cloth strips, leather securing buttons, some creasing and stains, lacking flap with cord ties, 218 x 134 mm.


    Volfgangus (Wolfgang) Taxer. His inscription in Latin inside the upper cover compares sayings of Plato and St. Paul. Another inscription on the final verso is signed and dated 1539 records an insult ?Nunc naso me suspendis / Verbis magnus es sed factis nullus. / [B]elle promitis, si prestares facto?. Acquired at Christie?s 26 March 2003, lot11.

Klaus Grabmuller, Vocabularius Ex quo, Untersuchungen zu lateindeutschen Vokabularren des Spatmittelalters (MTU 17), Munich 1967;Grabmuller and Bernard Schnell, vocabularies Ex quo- Uberlieferungsgeschichtliche Ausgabe, Tubungen, 1988-2001; J, A. Szirmai, The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding, 1999, pp. 297-9; Chrisite?s, 4 June 2003, lot11.