MS. Douce 367
Summary Catalogue no.: 21942
Johannes Platterberger and Dietrich Truchseß, Excerpta chronicarum, part I; Germany (?Nuremberg), 15th century, second half (after 1459)
Table of chapters
The numbering of chapters is a single sequence, I–Clxxxvij, divided into Five Ages by coloured initials, and with additional initials at ‘Von der vorrede Troya .lxix.’ and ‘Von kning Allexandro dem grossen … C.liij.’
Fol. 6v ruled, fol. 7r–v blank.
Sources are indicated in red: Ysidorus, Plinius, Lucidario, Scolastica Historia, Augustinus, Orosius, Crisostomus, Origenes, Yosephus/Josephus, Methodius, Solinus, et al.
The Five Ages begin at fols. i verso, viii verso, xxiii recto, cii recto, and cxxx recto.
Fol. Clxxxviij verso ruled, the next three leaves blank except for foliation.
This was presumably the first of a two-volume set. On the text see Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon: Das Mittelalter, iii: Reiseberichte und Geschichtsdichtung, ed. by W. Achnitz (Berlin, 2012), cols. 732–36; and Geschichtsquellen des deutschen Mittelalters
Alphabetical index of names
From Adam, Abel, and Arphaxat, to Zabulon, Zozoastres and Zeno.
Frame-ruled in plummet for two columns of about 52 lines. Column dimensions 280-5 × 180 mm.
Hybrida (with several cursive forms) by one hand.
One 10-line initial parti-coloured in blue and red, with four reserved dragon designs drawn in ink, interstices and marginals extensions of purple-red penwork, at the beginning of the First Age (fol. i recto)
One 9-line puzzle initial in red and blue with purple-red penwork including a human head in profile, at the beginning of the Fourth Age (fol. Cij recto).
One 7-line initial in blue with purple-red penwork including a human head in profile, at the beginning of the Fifth Age (fol. Cxxx recto).
2- and 3-line initials throughout, alternately red or blue.
A space was left on fol. ix verso for a map, never added.
15th-century cuir ciselé. Sewn on four double bands laced into wood boards, covered with polished brown leather with cut designs against stippled backgrounds, the front cover with a central panel depicting a man and woman (a marriage proposal?) based on an engraving by Master E.S., approached by a jester(?) with pointed hat and shoes; below them one young man instructing or rebuking another, set against a background of scrolling foliage, and surrounded by panels of foliage and hybrid creatures; the back cover with, in the centre, a man-headed griffon-like creature above a lion, surrounded by foliate panels; each cover with four brass corner pieces, a centre-piece missing from the back cover; metal clasp fittings (the straps missing).
F. A. Schmidt-Künsemüller, Corpus der gotischen Lederschnitteinbände aus dem deutschen Sprachgebiet, Denkmäler der Buchkunst, 4 (Stuttgart, 1980), p. 39 no. 234; L. Ubl, ‘Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 367: Von Kupferstichen und Einbänden – Die Excerpta Chronicarum’, Oxford German Studies, 46 (2017), 241–47.
Provenance and Acquisition
1459 is the date of the text, not necessarily of this copy ( pace Watson).
Unidentified acquisition(?) note in ink, ‘S(?) 19. 8 ctbr(?) 94’ (i.e. 19 October 94?) (front pastedown, lower left corner)
Unidentified bookseller, with his pencilled price-code ‘nm/u’ above ‘D’ (back pastedown).
Francis Douce, 1757–1834, with his bookplate (front pastedown).
Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834.
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Last Substantive Revision
2021-06-29: Description fully revised for Polonsky German digitization project.