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Bod-Inc: B-130

Basilius Magnus

De legendis antiquorum libris, sive De liberalibus studiis et ingenuis moribus (ed. Martinus Brenningarius).


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Brunus] Aretinus, Leonardus: [Letter addressed to] Colluccius Salutatus. ‘Prefatio in magni Basilii librum'. Basilio di Cesarea, Discorso ai giovani. Oratio ad adolescentes. Con la versione latina di Leonardo Bruni, ed. Mario Naldini (Rome, 1984), 231-2; Bruni, Schriften, 99-100.

[a2v] ‘Tituli presentis libelli'.

[a3v] Basilius Magnus: De legendis antiquorum libris, sive De liberalibus studiis et ingenuis moribus. ‘De legendis libris secularibus opusculum'. Dedicated to his nephews. Edited by Martinus Prenninger. Translated by Leonardus Brunus Aretinus. ed. Naldini, 232-48. Saint Basil on the Value of Greek Literature, ed. N. G. Wilson (London, 1975), has remarks on Bruni's translation at 14. On the humanist reception see Luzi Schucan, Das Nachleben von Basilius Magnus «ad adolescentes». Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte des christlichen Humanismus, Travaux d'humanisme et renaissance, 133 (Geneva, 1973), 57-76 (on Bruni's translation) and 142-4 (this edition).


Imprint: Ulm: [Johann Zainer, c.1478]. 4°.


Collation: [a b8].

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.


ISTC: ib00274000

GW: GW 3706;

Hain: HC *2689;

Goff: Goff B‑274;

BMC: BMC II 525;

Proctor: Pr 2519;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑228; CIBN B‑179; Sheppard 1813-14; Wegener, Zainer, 3.

LCN: 13931798


Copy number: B-130(1)

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf; bound for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 207 × 144 × 7 mm.

Size of leaf: 198 × 130 mm.

Early manuscript table of contents of 15 items formerly bound together on front endleaf: ‘Opusculum magni Basilij de secularium libris legentis. Registro .1. | Opusculum Augustini de anima et spiritu .2., ebrietate .3., vanitate seculi .4., vita christiana .5., Fratris feliciani tractatus de diuina predestinacione .6., Idem de retencione de timore(?) .7., Oracio contra invasores sacerdotum .8., Liber prophecie scilicet Methodij martyris .9., Tractatus in eundem librum Methodij .10., Tractatus Vincentij de casu et ruina scilicet vite spiritualis. Registro .11., Tractatus de afflictione christianorum per thurcas et de causis eiusdem .12., Processus contra Jheronimum nouum heresiarcham etc. Registro .13., De origine et fundacio[ne] mon[asterii] ad heremitas .14., De origine atque fundacione monasterij S. Georgij in monte. Registro vltimo .15.' The two monasteries mentioned are Einsiedeln and St Georgenberg/Fiecht in Tyrol; on histories of the foundation of monasteries see VL II 1010-11.

On [a2r] a woodcut initial touched in red and paragraph mark is supplied in red.

Provenance: Scheyern, Bavaria, BVM, Benedictines; on [a2r]: ‘Monasterij Scheyern' in an eighteenth-century hand. Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; ‘Dupl' on [a1v], no. 22 on front endleaf. Purchased in 1866, according to Sheppard, but not found in Invoice Book (1865-7, Library Records d. 431); the shelfmark suggests a purchase date of c.1850.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 5Q 6.67.

Copy number: B-130(2)

Wanting the blank leaf [a1].

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf; bound for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 214 × 150 × 7 mm.

Size of leaf: 205 × 135 mm.

Provenance: Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; ‘Dupl' and no. 34 on [a2r], no. 1088 on [b8v]. Purchased for £0. 10. 6; see Books Purchased (1850), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 6.38.

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