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Bod-Inc: A-616

Aurelius Victor, Sextus

De viris illustribus.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Table of contents.] ‘Tabula.’

[a4r] Plinius Primus [pseudo-; Aurelius Victor, Sextus, pseudo-: De viris illustribus.] ‘De praeclare gestis Romanorum.’ Incipit: ‘[P]roca rex Albanorum Amulium et Numitorem filios habuit . . .’ Explicit: cremandum curauit Sextus Aurelius Victor, Liber de caesaribus. Praecedunt Origo gentis Romanae et Liber de viris illustribus urbis Romae, ed. Fr. Pichlmayr and R. Gruendel (Leipzig, 1970), 25-74 [a different recension]. Deeds of Famous Men (De viris illustribus), ed. Walter K. Sherwin (Norman, Okla., 1973) [this recension]. On authorship see Lorenzo Braccesi, Introduzione al ‘De viris illustribus’ (Bologna, 1973), 97-116 and Michael M. Sage, ‘The De Viris Illustribus: authorship and date', Hermes, 108 (1980), 83-100. On the two versions of the text, this being the shorter of 77 chapters, see L. D. Reynolds, Texts and Transmission, 149-53.


Imprint: [Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, c.1474]. 4°.


Collation: [a–c10 d6].


ISTC: ia01384000

Hain: HC (+ Addenda) *2131;

Goff: Goff A‑1384;

BMC: BMC V 174;

Proctor: Pr 4082;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑936; CIBN V‑200; Sheppard 3263.

LCN: 14767657


Copy number: A-616(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [d6] and leaves [a2.9], [a3], and [a10].

Leaf [a7] misbound after [a4].

Binding: Nineteenth-century half brown morocco for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 208 × 150 × 12 mm.

Size of leaf: 203 × 141 mm.

Occasional early and sixteenth-century marginal notes.

On [a4r] a contemporary Italian five-line initial is supplied in gold, surrounded by white vine-stems defined in red and green, within a dark blue frame. Epigraphic initials are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Jean Baptiste, chevalier de Bearzi (nineteenth century); sale, part 2 (31 May 1855), lot 3171; on endleaf ‘N°. 3171. Bearzi'. Purchased for £1. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1855), 48.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q inf. 1.4.

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