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Bod-Inc: B-220

Beroaldus, Philippus

Declamatio philosophi, medici, oratoris.


Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Title-page.]

[*1v] Beroaldus, Philippus: [Letter addressed to] Paulus Sidlovitius. Incipit: ‘[P]ortium Catonem Tusculanum illum, qui optimus orator, optimus senator, optimus imperator, est habitus . . .’ See Krautter 16, and 23 n. 55, in which part of this letter is quoted.

A1r Beroaldus, Philippus: Declamatio philosophi, medici, oratoris. Incipit: ‘[M]agna ac venerabilis res est eloquentia viri ornatissimi, cuius bono nihil prestabilius . . .’

B3r Beroaldus, Philippus: De optimo statu et principe. Incipit: ‘[P]ars philosophiae est et ea quidem pulcherrima uiri clarissimi administrare rempublicam . . .’


Imprint: Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 13 Dec. 1497. 4°.


Collation: [*2] A–D8 E4.


ISTC: ib00473000

GW: GW 4126;

Hain: HC *2963;

Goff: Goff B‑473;

BMC: BMC VI 844;

Proctor: Pr 6635;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑371; CIBN B‑343; Oates 2499; Sack, Freiburg, 592; Sheppard 5387-8.

LCN: 14003656


Copy number: B-220(1)

Bound with:
1. Gaius Caecilius Plinius Secundus, Epistolae. Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 19 Oct. 1498 (P‑380);
2. Gaius Caecilius Plinius Secundus, Ad Traianum epistolae 46. [Venice]: Johannes de Tridino, Tacuinus, 11 May 1502.

Binding: Eighteenth-century English calf; perhaps bound for the Bodleian Library; with the gold stamp of the Library on both covers. On both covers double gilt fillets form a frame; single gilt fillets on edges of boards; scroll on entwined bands on turn-ins; six compartments on the spine separated by double fillets; sprinkled turquoise-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; green silk bookmark.

Size: 213 × 160 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 204 × 147 mm.

From the evidence of missing text provided in both items 1 and 2 in manuscript in the same contemporary hand, that of Guillaume Budé (1462-1540) it is clear that at least the first two items have been travelling together from an early stage; on these notes see P‑380. A worm-hole shows that item 2 and Beroaldus were travelling together before they were put into the present binding.

Some pointing hands in the margins.

Manuscript foliation in black ink.

Provenance: Guillaume Budé (1467-1540). Thomas Hearne (1678-1735), 1708; signature and note on a1r of item 1: note in Hearne's hand: ‘This edition (collated with a MSt) I bought in an auction in the year 1708 in Oxon . . .'; Hearne's number: ‘MS 90 E Pr 88'. Bequeathed to William Bedford (†1747). Listed in John Whiston's list, MS. Rawl. D. 1167, fol. 12, no. 24: ‘Plinii Secundi Epistolæ -- Bonon. 1497. The above book is collated through with a manuscript'; the title of item 1 is conflated with the imprint of item 3. Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755). Bequeathed in 1755.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 4.3(3).

Copy number: B-220(2)

Bound with:
1. Philippus Beroaldus, De felicitate. Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 13 Apr. 1499 (B‑225(1));
3. Philippus Beroaldus, Heptalogos. Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 18 Dec. 1498 (B‑226);
4. Philippus Beroaldus, Declamatio ebriosi, scortatoris et aleatoris. Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 1499 (B‑222);
5. Philippus Beroaldus, Oratio proverbiorum. Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 17 Dec. 1499 (B‑227).

Binding: Eighteenth-century Dutch gold-tooled red morocco; see Foot, ‘Incunable Collector', no. 42.

Size: 210 × 150 × 26 mm.

Size of leaf: 201 × 135 mm.

Manuscript contents list in Gerard Meerman's hand on the front endleaf. ‘2101' on the verso of the front endleaf.

Partial rubrication: some initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red ink.

Provenance: Gerard Meerman (1722-1771); manuscript catalogue (MMW S 145 III, fol. 5v, no. 645b); armorial book-plate; contents list (see above). Johan Meerman (1753-1815); purchased at his sale, vol. II, p. 77, lot 223, for fl. 14: see Books Purchased . . . at the Sale of M. Meerman, p. 3, with auction number on label at the head of the spine.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 5.33(2).

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