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Providence, Providence Public Library, Special Collections,  Wetmore MS 1
Description: ff. iii+ 149 + v - Gold-stamped calf: in each corner 2 arrows in saltire, points in base, surmounted by a heart and ensigned with a royal crown, within a base of fleur-de-lys and in the flaunches a Tudor rose; center stamp of feathers, enfiled with a crown, w/olive branches - Henry, Prince of Wales (1594-1612); Thomas Watson (1720-79), S. J.;Thomas Pennant (1726-98); by inheritance to Rudolph (1823-92), Earl of Denbigh; Denbigh sale, Christie's, 4-7-1938, lot 12 to Stonehill; Edith Wetmore (1870-1966); in 1955 to Prov.Pub.Lib. - Susanne Rischpler, Biblia Sacra figuris expressa: Mnemotechnische Bilderbibln des 15. Jahrhunderts(Wiesbaden 2001), discussing the five known mss of this type; the Providence book is described on pp. 187-190; meanings of the symbols are on pp. 171-181
Notes:-It is said that the book had been a gift from Elizabeth of Bohemia (1596-1662), daughter of James I of England, to her brother, Henry. Former call number: C091 B582b.
Number of Parts: 1 - Number of Images Available: 160
Direct Link: http://ds.lib.berkeley.edu/WetmoreMS1_28
Language: Latin Country: Germany Century: 15th

Part 1: ff. 1-149v
Description: - Parchment - 105 x 76 mm - Bible usually in 10 compartments to a page: 3 rectangular shapes each in upper & lower registers ; 4 in the middle register but in triangular shapes formed by a V (itself dimidiated) placed over the entire middle register.
Country: GermanyCardinal point:
Region: City:
Assigned Date: s. XVexSearchable Date Range: 1485 - 1499
Dated by scribe: NoInscribed Date:
Document: NoNumber of Scribes:
Script: Gothic cursive
Figurative Decoration: Innumerable sketched figures that act as a rebus-like mnemonic device, with the same figure reoccuring at need.
Notes: Foliated in modern pencil in lower right corner of recto. In the center lower margins of ff. 7, 15, 25, 35, 45, 55, 64, 76 are red roman numerals (I - VIII) that may be quire numbers. Latin
Number of Texts: 15

Text 1: ff. i-iii verso + 1-3; ff. 3v-5v blank
Author: Peter of Bergamo
Title: Tabula aurea
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Doctoris angelici divi Thomæ Aquinatis Opera omniaed. By Stanislas Edouard Frette' and Paul Mare' (Paris, 1871-1880) vols. 34-35; here copied sparsim throughout the book, and to be read in this order: ff. 130-138v, 119-128v, 1-3, 140-147v, 129. 
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Binding   Front cover with the insignia of Henry, Prince of Wales (son of James I of England).
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Front matter   Front pastedown with the bookplates of the Earls of Denbigh and of Edith M. K. Wetmore.
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ff. i verso - ii   Note in the hand of Thomas Pennant: The gift of Mr. Thomas Watson, November 4, 1763, late of Holywell, Flints., and late of the Society of Jesus now on his road to his native country, Scotland.
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ff. ii verso - iii   Blank.
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ff. iii verso - 1   Beginning of the segment of Peter of Bergamo copied in third order.
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ff. 3v-4   Blank.
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ff. 4v-5   Blank.
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Text 2: f. 6
Title: Claves sacre scripture
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Text is divided into seven points, and is complete on this page. 
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ff. 5v-6   On the verso, the faint sketch of a man's head, in profile.
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Text 3: ff. 6v-7
Title: Bible study guide
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Groupings of the O.T. books of the bible into Legal, Historical, Sapiential, Prophetic; then the N.T. in the Gospels, the Catholic Epistles, the Pauline Epistles (this list carried forward by a tie mark, "f," from the lower verso to the recto). 
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Text 4: ff. 7v-84; ff. 84v-86v blank
Title: Bible in mnemonic form
Language(s): Latin
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ff. 7v-8   Genesis.
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ff. 9v-10   Exodus.
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ff. 10v-11   Two leaves missing here with Exodus 21-40 and Leviticus 1-20.
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ff. 11v-12   Numbers.
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ff. 13v-14   Deuteronomy.
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ff. 15v-16   Josuah.
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ff. 16v-17   Judges.
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ff. 17v-18   Ruth.
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ff. 18v-19   1 Kings.
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ff. 19v-20   2 Kings.
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ff. 20v-21   Hand holding a letter with a pendent seal.
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ff. 21v-22   3 Kings.
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ff. 22v-23   4 Kings. Leper's clapper.
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ff. 23v-24   Document with writing parallel to the long side of the parchment; bound book.
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ff. 24v-25   1 Paralipomenon. Hand holding keys.
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ff. 25v-26   2 Paralipomenon. Lyre; hand using a quill to write a document.
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ff. 26v-27   [No Title for Display]
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ff. 27v-28   1 Ezra. Hands holding letters; quill pen.
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ff. 28v-29   Nehemiah. On the recto, a note sending the reader to the end of the volume for 2 Ezra (= 3 Ezra). Finger pointing to an open book.
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ff. 29v-30   Tobias.
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ff. 30v-31   Judith.
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ff. 31v-32   Esther.
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ff. 32v-33   Job. Leather tab on the fore edge to signal the beginning of the Sapiential books.
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ff. 33v-34   [No Title for Display]
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ff. 34v-35   Psalter, with leather tab on the fore edge to signal the beginning of this book. In this section, fewer explanations, so the images stand out more readily.
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ff. 35v-36   Each psalm identified by its opening words, one psalm per division.
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ff. 41v-42   Lower margin of recto, "finit psalterium."
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ff. 42v-43   Proverbs. Leather tab on the upper edge of the book block to signal beginning of this book.
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ff. 43v-44   Last division at lower right, "verte foliam [to this sign]" referring reader to f. 45 for concluding text.
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ff. 44v-45   Ecclesiastes.
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ff. 45v-46   Song of Songs.
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ff. 46v-47   Wisdom.
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ff. 47v-48   Ecclesiasticus.
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ff. 48v-49   [No Title for Display]
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ff. 50v-51   Isaiah. Leather tab on the fore edge to signal beginning of prophetical books.
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ff. 54v-55   Jeremiah.
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ff. 55v-56   Man walking away with large bound book strapped to his back.
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ff. 56v-57   Large quill pen.
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ff. 57v-58   Baruch; opened codex. Ezechiel; man with wallet-bound book (?) in his mouth. Leather tab on fore edge to signal beginning of Ezechiel.
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ff. 59v-60   One leaf missing here with Ezechiel 41-48 and Daniel 1-10.
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ff. 60v-61   Hosea. Joel.
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ff. 61v-62   Amos. Obadiah. Jonah.
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ff. 62v-63   Micah. Nahum. Habakkuk.
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ff. 63v-64   Zephaniah. Haggai. Zephaniah.
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ff. 64v-65   Malachi; quill pen; hand writing with a pen in a book. 1 Maccabees.
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ff. 65v-66   2 Maccabees. Hand painting with a brush (?).
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ff. 66v-67   Matthew.
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ff. 67v-68   Devil crawling out of a man's mouth.
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ff. 68v-69   Mark.
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ff. 69v-70   Luke.
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ff. 70v-71   John.
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ff. 71v-72   Pauline Epistles, To the Romans. Leather fore edge for the beginning of the Epistles.
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ff. 72v-73   Quill pen; tie mark to the last division of the page with John, i.e. f. 71v to end the Epistle to the Romans. 1 Corinthians.
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ff. 73v-74   2 Corinthians. Quill pen.
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ff. 74v-75   Galatians.
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ff. 75v-76   Ephesians. Philippians. Colossians.
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ff. 76v-77   1 and 2 Thessalonians. 1 Timothy.
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ff. 77v-78   2 Timothy. Titus. Philemon. Hebrews.
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ff. 78v-79   Acts of the Apostles.
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ff. 80v-81   James. 1 and 2 Peter. Hands holding rosaries.
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ff. 81v-82   1, 2 and 3 John. Jude. Apocalypse. Hand holding a quill pen.
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ff. 83v-84   3 Ezra. Crossed quill pens; finger pointing to open book.
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ff. 84v-85   Structure for the division of the pages drawn in, but left blank.
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Text 5: ff. 87-100
Title: Biblical genealogies
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Considerans sacre historie prolixitatem
Explicit: ascensionis et pentecosten.
Notes: This text also in Vienna, Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. 505, ff. 3-11v, containing the series of O.T. patriarchs from Adam to Christ. Each genealogical line follows a specific colored line: red, blue, light purple and so on. 
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ff. 87v-88   Diagrams of the Old and New Testament genealogies.
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ff. 88v-89 (view a)   Added small leaf tipped in.
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ff. 88v-89 (view b)   Diagram of biblical genealogies.
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ff. 89v-90   Diagram of genealogies.
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ff. 90v-91   Circular diagram with cardinal points, placing south at the top.
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ff. 91v-92   Diagrams of genealogies.
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ff. 92v-93   Diagrams of genealogies.
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ff. 93v-94   Diagrams of genealogies. Stub between ff. 93 and 94.
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ff. 94v-95   Diagrams of genealogies.
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ff. 95v-96   Diagrams of genealogies.
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ff. 96v-97   Diagrams of genealogies.
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ff. 97v-98   Diagrams of genealogies.
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ff. 99v-100 (view a)   Diagrams of genealogies.
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ff. 99v-100 (view b)   Added small leaf tipped in.
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Text 6: ff. 100-110v
Title: List of Roman Emperors
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Sequence of Roman emperors and German and Bohemian kings along a green line, beginning with Claudius and ending with Frederick III of Hapsburg who reigned 1452-1493; his accession date provides a possible terminus post quem for the copying of the ms. 
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ff. 100v-101   Instructions for following the sequence of reigns from the previous text through the present one: "Respice supra flaviam lineam Imperator[um], Que continuatur hic cum viridi."
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ff. 101v-102   This green strip labeled, "Quarta persecutio," and contains the last entry that is filled in with the information on the appropriate emperor, here Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.
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ff. 110v-111   Last Holy Roman Emperor added to the list: Frederick III of Hapsburg, crowned in 1452.
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Text 7: f. 111v; ff. 112-116v blank
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Sketch of two heads, possibly later in date, on otherwise blank leaves. 
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ff. 111v-112   Sketches of two male heads in pen and ink.
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ff. 112v-113   Blank.
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ff. 113v-114   Blank.
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Text 8: ff. 117-118v
Title: Conclusiones
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Materials relevant to the Dominicans for preaching. The Conclusionesare copied at two points throughout the book and should be read ff. 117-118v, 148r. 
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Text 9: ff. 119-128v
Author: Peter of Bergamo
Title: Tabula aurea
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Doctoris angelici divi Thomæ Aquinatis Opera omniaed. By Stanislas Edouard Frette' and Paul Mare' (Paris, 1871-1880) vols. 34-35; here copied sparsim throughout the book, and to be read in this order: ff. 130-138v, 119-128v, 1-3, 140-147v, 129. 
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Text 10: f. 129r-v
Author: Peter of Bergamo
Title: Tabula aurea
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Doctoris angelici divi Thomæ Aquinatis Opera omniaed. By Stanislas Edouard Frette' and Paul Mare' (Paris, 1871-1880) vols. 34-35; here copied sparsim throughout the book, and to be read in this order: ff. 130-138v, 119-128v, 1-3, 140-147v, 129. 
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Text 11: ff. 130-138v
Author: Peter of Bergamo
Title: Tabula aurea
Title: Incipiunt ethimologie et concordantie conclusionum per reverendissimum dominum magistrum petrum de pergamo
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Doctoris angelici divi Thomæ Aquinatis Opera omniaed. By Stanislas Edouard Frette' and Paul Mare' (Paris, 1871-1880) vols. 34-35; here copied sparsim throughout the book, and to be read in this order: ff. 130-138v, 119-128v, 1-3, 140-147v, 129. 
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Text 12: f. 139v
Title: List of Holy Roman Emperors
Language(s): Latin
Notes: S. Rischpler suggests that this list was added to the book while in the possession of Henry, Prince of Wales (d. 1612), although the hand does not look English, and the list only need have been added after the accession of Rudolph II in 1576. 
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ff. 139v-140   Continuation of the list of Holy Roman emperors from f. 110v, here containing the five rulers from Maximilian I (1493-1519) through Rudolph II (1576-1612).
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Text 13: ff. 140-147v
Author: Peter of Bergamo
Title: Tabula aurea
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Doctoris angelici divi Thomæ Aquinatis Opera omniaed. By Stanislas Edouard Frette' and Paul Mare' (Paris, 1871-1880) vols. 34-35; here copied sparsim throughout the book, and to be read in this order: ff. 130-138v, 119-128v, 1-3, 140-147v, 129. 
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Text 14: f. 148; f. 148v blank
Title: Conclusiones"
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Materials relevant to the Dominicans for preaching. The Conclusionesare copied at two points throughout the book and should be read ff. 117-118v, 148r. 
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Text 15: f. 149; f. 149v blank
Title: Orationes itinerantium Prayers
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Prayers based on the psalm, Levavi oculos meos. 
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ff. 149v- i back flyleaf   Blank.
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ff. i verso - ii   Blank. Remains of red seal from the tipped-in letter.
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ff. ii verso - iii   Tipped-in letter from Thomas Watson, dated 30 October [1763] proposing to visit Thomas Pennant, and offering to Pennant coins and this book; the letter is transcribed by Rischpler, p. 190.
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ff. iii verso - iv   Blank.
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ff. iv verso - v   Blank.
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Binding   Back cover.
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