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Bod-Inc: A-617

Aurelius Victor, Sextus

De viris illustribus.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] [Passerini,] Angelus: [Letter to] Alexander Justinus. Incipit: ‘Laurentii, optimi genitoris tui, memorie acris ac tenacissime miracula in mentem uenire solent . . .’

[a1r] [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Vrbs, ubi Siluestri uitulo uessata quieuit | Et patitur patri qui dedit exilium | Acrius incumbe studio, letare Tipherne | Nil poterit rabies seua nocere bouis'; 2 elegiac distichs.

[a1r] ‘Vita C. Plinii nepotis.’ Incipit: ‘[P]linius nepos ex patre Iulio et matre Calfurnia Nerone imperante natus . . .’

[a1v] Plinius Secundus, Gaius [pseudo-; Aurelius Victor, Sextus pseudo-]: De viris illustribus. Incipit: ‘[P]roca rex Albanorum Amulium et Numitorem filios habuit . . .’ This edition ends differently (`cremasse fide atque non legisse') with a chapter on Gaius Caesar which is not present in the other editions: see also A‑616.


Imprint: [Rome: Johannes Gensberg, not before Sept. 1474]. 4°.

Remarks: This edition appears to be reprinted from that of Sachsel and Golsch (BMC). Pr assigns to [Johannes Schurener, de Bopardia].


Collation: [a b8 c6].


ISTC: ia01384200

Hain: HCR 2130;


Proctor: Pr 3508;

Others: Sheppard 2772-3.

LCN: 14767740


Copy number: A-617(1)

Bound with:
1. Philippus de Barberiis, Chronica summorum pontificum imperatorumque. Rome: Johannes Schurener, de Bopardia, 10 Feb. 1476 (B‑052B);
2. Festus, De historia Romana. [Rome: Johannes Gensberg, c.1474] (F‑038B).

Binding: Eighteenth-century English(?) blind-tooled mottled calf; gilt fillets form a border; gold-tooled spine; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 213 × 144 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 206 × 131 mm.

Provenance: Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland (1674-1722); old shelfmarks K.K.4:48 and 67 D.9; see Bibliotheca Sunderlandiana (17-27 Apr. 1882), part II, lot 2794. Purchased by Quaritch in 1882; book-plate. Probably purchased by the Bodleian from Quaritch in 1882/3, but probably not at the sale, as it is not marked in the annotated catalogue as a Bodleian desideratum, nor has it been identified in Library Bills.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 5.37(3).

Copy number: A-617(2)

Bound with A‑201; see there for details of binding and provenance.

Size of leaf: 201 × 133 mm.

At head of [a1r] of this item, a cropped contemporary manuscript title, similar to that in other items. Early marginal annotations, probably in the same hand as those in item 1, and perhaps also as that of the manuscript additions on blank leaves following items 1 and 6 and on the last blank page of item 4. The similarity of the titles and notes suggests that most of the items were travelling together long before the book received its present binding.

Initials are supplied in ink.

SHELFMARK: Holk. e.1(10).

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