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Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius



Analysis of Content

[a1r] [Bussis, Johannes Andreas de: Letter addressed to] Paulus II, Pont. Max. Botfield 68-78; Bussi 11-19.

[a6r] Table of contents with incipits of each book.

[b1r] Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius: Metamorphoses sive De asino aureo. Incipit: ‘[A]t ego tibi sermone isto Milesio uarias fabulas conseram auresque tuas beniuolas lepido susurro permulceam . . .’ See B. L. Hijmans Jr., ‘Apuleius, philosophus Platonicus', Aufstieg und Niedergang, II 36.1, 395-475, at 408.

[i7r] Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius: Florida. Florida, ed. Rudolf Helm, Apulei Platonici Madaurensis Opera quae supersunt, II/2 (Leipzig, 1959). Apuleius, Apologie. Florides, ed. Paul Vallette, 2nd edn (Paris, 1960), 125-72.

[k7v] Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius: ‘Apologie siue defensionis magie ad clarissimum uirum Claudium Maximum proconsulem.’ Apuleius, Apologie. Florides, ed. Paul Vallette, 2nd edn (Paris, 1960), 2-123. Pro se de magia liber (Apologia), ed. Rudolf Helm, Apulei Platonici Madaurensis Opera quae supersunt, II/1, 5th edn (Leipzig, 1972).

[n7r] Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius: ‘De deo Socratis', prologue. De philosophia libri, ed. Paul Thomas, Apulei Platonici Madaurensis Opera quae supersunt, III (Leipzig, 1908), 1-5; Apuleius, Opuscules philosophiques et fragments, ed. Jean Beaujeu (Paris, 1973), 164-8. The prologue is in fact an excerpt from the Florida: see Beaujeu 161-2.

[n8r] Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius: ‘De deo Socratis.’ De philosophia libri, III, ed. Thomas, 6-35; Apuleius, Opuscules philosophiques, ed. Beaujeu, 20-45.

[o4r] Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius: De Platone, first book. ‘De dogmate Platonis.’ De philosophia libri, III, ed. Thomas, 82-103; Apuleius, Opuscules philosophiques, ed. Beaujeu, 60-78.

[o9r] Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius: De Platone, second book. ‘De philosophia.’ De philosophia libri, III, ed. Thomas, 103-34; Apuleius, Opuscules philosophiques, ed. Beaujeu, 79-107.

[p6r] Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius: De mundo. ‘Cosmographia siue de mundo ad Faustinum.’ Incipit: ‘[C]onsideranti mihi et diligentius intuenti et sepe alias, Faustine, mihi uirtutis indagatrix expultrixque uitiorum, diuinarum particeps rerum philosophia uidebatur . . .’ See Hijmans, ‘Apuleius, philosophus Platonicus', 408 and F. Regen, Apuleius -- philosophus Platonicus. Untersuchungen zur Apologie (De magia) und zu De mundo, Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte, 10 (Berlin, 1971).

[p12v] Hermes Trismegistus: [Asclepius.] Translated by Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis [pseudo-]. Incipit: ‘[A]sclepius iste pro sole mihi est. Deus, deus te nobis, o Asclepi, ut diuino sermoni interesses adduxit . . .’ De philosophia libri, III, ed. Thomas, 36-81; Corpus Hermeticum, ed. A. D. Nock and A.-J. Festugiére, II (Paris, 1945), 296-355. Translation wrongly ascribed to Apuleius: see K. H. Dannenfeldt, ‘Hermetica philosophica', CTC I 137-51, at 144-7.

[r1r] [Balbus, Petrus, Bishop of Tropea: Letter addressed to] Nicolaus de Cusa. ‘Episcopi Tropien[sis] ad Nicolaum Cusensem cardinalem conuersio.’ Incipit: ‘[C]vm te intelligam, sapientissime atque optime patrum . . .’

[r1r] Alcinous; [Albinus pseudo-]: ‘Disciplinarum Platonis epitoma id est breuiarium.’ [Translated by Petrus Balbus.] Incipit: ‘[Q]ve sint propriissima Platonis documenta queue doctrina perbreuiter hinc ordinem . . .’ See A‑151.


Imprint: Rome: In domo Petri de Maximis (Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz), 28 Feb. 1469. Folio.


Collation: [a6 b–o10 p q12 r10 s8].


ISTC: ia00934000

GW: GW 2301;

Hain: HC *1314;

Goff: Goff A‑934;


Proctor: Pr 3297;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑658; CIBN A‑492; Oates 1358; Sheppard 2607.

LCN: 14268246


Copy number: A-369(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [s8].

Binding: Eighteenth-century French gold-tooled red morocco; on both covers triple fillets form a border, on the edges of boards double fillets, on the turn-ins floral and foliate stamps; on the spine two compartments with title and imprint, four with a floral stamp surrounded by tendrils and dots; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 330 × 237 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 318 × 215 mm.

On [b1r] Roman white vine-branch border defined in blue, red, and green incorporating seven-line epigraphic initial painted in gold. A circular area enclosed by a green wreath is reserved for a coat of arms, never supplied. Initials are supplied in gold with white vine-stem scrolling extending into the inner margin at the beginning of each book; see Pächt and Alexander II, 106 no. pr. 4. Headings supplied in red; occasional smaller initials are supplied in red. Paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: ‘d. Hipp[olito]. della Casa n° xxxv' on [b1r]. Paul Girardot de Préfond (†after c.1800); on the front pastedown, a small label of green leather inscribed: ‘Ex musæo Pauli Girardot de Prefond'. Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735-1792); printed label: see sale (1789), part III lot 5365 in annotated sale catalogue marked down to Payne for Fl. 590. Purchased through Payne for £51. 12. 6; see Books Purchased (1790), 4.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 2.3.

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