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Bod-Inc: A-151


Disciplinarum Platonis epitome.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Balbus, Petrus, Bishop of Tropea: ‘Conuersio' addressed to Cardinal Nicolaus de Cusa. Incipit: ‘Cum te intelligam sapientissime atque optime patrum . . .’

[a2r] [Albinus pseudo-]; Alcinous: Disciplinarum Platonis epitome. Translated by Petrus Balbus. Incipit: ‘[Q]ve sint propriissima Platonis documenta queue doctrina perbreuiter hinc ordinem . . .’ The authorship of this work has been ascribed to Albinus by J. Freudenthal, Der Platoniker Albinos und der falsche Alkinous, Hellenistische Studien, 3 (Berlin, 1879), 275-302 (followed by others, including Albinus, Épitomé, ed. P. Louis (Rennes, 1945), pp. xii–xv; Reginald E. Witt, Albinus and the History of Middle Platonism (Cambridge, 1937), 104-13); Claudio Mazzarelli, ‘Bibliografia medioplatonica. Parte prima: Gaio, Albino e Anonimo commentatore del “Teeteto”  ’, Rivista di filosofia neo-scolastica, 72/1 (1980), 108-44; Tryggve Göransson, Albinus, Alcinous, Arius Didymus (Gothenburg, 1995)). Alcinous: The Handbook of Platonism, ed. John Dillon (Oxford, 1993), pp. ix–xiii brings together recent research on the authorship to support an attribution to ‘Alcinous'.


Imprint: [Nuremberg: Anton Koberger], 24 Nov. 1472. Folio.


Collation: [a b10 c6].

Remarks: Collation as CIBN, Accurti and BSB‑Ink, not as BMC or GW.


ISTC: ia00365000

GW: GW 806;

Hain: H *620;

Goff: Goff A‑365;

BMC: BMC II 412;

Proctor: Pr 1965;

Others: Accurti I 114; BSB‑Ink A‑222; CIBN A‑188; Sheppard 1423.


Copy number: A-151(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [c4-6]; gathering c in this copy appears to contain four leaves, but the three leaves present are all glued together, and the stitching visible between c2 and c3 seems to date to the present binding.

Leaf [k1] from Gualterus Burlaeus, De vita philosophorum ([Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, before 1474]) (B‑610(4)) is bound between gatherings [a] and [b]. BMC copy (IB. 7115) is bound with Burlaeus, De vita philosophorum (IB. 7141): this suggests that there may have been a tendency for these works to be bound together in one volume.

Binding: Late eighteenth/early nineteenth-century French(?) blue pasteboards.

Size: 293 × 205 × 3 mm.

Size of leaf: 284 × 198 mm.

Manuscript titles added in margins, in a later hand.

One three-line and one four-line initial are supplied in red on [a2r].

Provenance: Purchased for £2. 12. 6; see Books Purchased (1823), 1.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 4.24.

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