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Bod-Inc: B-387

Boethius, Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus

De consolatione philosophiae.


Analysis of Content

Part I.

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v Badius Ascensius, Jodocus: [Prefatory letter addressed to] Stephanus Geynardus. Renouard, Badius II 198-9.

a2r Thomas Aquinas [pseudo-: Prologue to commentary on De consolatione philosophiae.] ‘Prohemium'. See B‑382.

a3v Badius Ascensius, Jodocus: ‘Proemium explanationis Ascensiane'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uando quidem in exponendis auctoribus Seruius grammaticus sex consideranda docuit . . .’ See Paul Gerhard Schmidt, ‘Johannes Badius Ascensius als Kommentator', Der Kommentar in der Renaissance, ed. August Buch and Otto Herding (Boppard, 1975), 63-71.

a5r Thomas Aquinas [pseudo-: Commentary on De consolatione philosophiae.] See B‑382.

a5r Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae. See B‑382.

a7r Badius Ascensius, Jodocus: ‘In Boetium De consolatione philosophie grammaticalis explanatio'. Incipit: ‘  “[C]armina qui quondam”, etc. In explanatione huius operis eum fere mores obseruabimus . . .’ See Courcelle 331-2. Badius' commentary follows that of pseudo-Aquinas.

x1r ‘Tabula alphabetica'.

x7v Badius Ascensius, Jodocus: [Commentary on Quint. Inst. 2. 9.] ‘Explanatio compendiosa'. Incipit: ‘  “[P]lura de officiis”, etc. Hec sunt verba Quintiliani institutionum oratoriarum . . .’

x7r Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: Institutiones 2. 9. Quint. Inst. 2. 9.

Part II.

A1r [Thomas Aquinas, pseudo-: Prologue to commentary on De disciplina scholarium.] ‘Prohemium'. See B‑382.

A2r [Thomas Aquinas, pseudo-: Commentary on De disciplina scholarium.] See B‑382.

A2r Boethius [pseudo-]: De disciplina scholarium. [Edited by Conradus Poseiaen according to GW.] See B‑382.

F8r [Conradus(?): Verse.] See B‑382.


Imprint: Lyons: Jean de Vingle, for Étienne Gueynard, 20 Apr. 1498. 4°.

Remarks: BMC describes this edition as 4°, GW as Folio. There exist two settings of the first gathering.


Collation: Part I: a–x8; part II: A–F8.

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.


ISTC: ib00808000

GW: GW 4569 (Anm.);

Hain: H 3409;

Goff: Goff B‑808;


Proctor: Pr 8648;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑612; Renouard, Badius, II 196-7; Sheppard 6700.

LCN: 13960374


Copy number: B-387(1)

Wanting the title-page, a1.

Leaves a2-3 slightly mutilated; sheet a4.5 present in both settings (see GW Anm.); a8 detached.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf, bound for the Bodleian Library; green pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 245 × 175 × 37 mm.

Size of leaf: 236 × 161 mm.

Sixteenth-century marginal notes, some in English. Scribbles and pen-trials on F8v, including ‘Dominus mihi adiuto | non timebo quid | faciat in homo | quid ergo inferum | in homines nihil in | cure tunc placidum | sine asperum'.

Provenance: John Killegrewe and Richard Helliard (fl. 1580); note of financial agreement (perhaps the first draft of an indenture) between them on q2r: ‘The kondicon of this present obligacon is more that is thabove bounden John Killigrewe, | his heires executres and paye . . . | contente . . . and payed vnto . . . named Richard Helliard . . .' John Thube (sixteenth century?); signature on F8v. Nicholas Willoughby and William Denston (sixteenth-century); memorandum note of debt owed by Willoughby to Denston on F8v: ‘Memorandum that I . . . Nicholas Willoughbye | doth aknoledge that I . . . to owe vnto Willam Denstone | the . . . money whiche . . .’ Presented in 1822 as part of the Edward Pococke (1604-1691) bequest, according to a note in ‘Catalogus Bibliothecae Novae', fol. 88r.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 5.24.

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