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Bod-Inc: B-391

Boethius, Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus

De consolatione philosophiae.


Analysis of Content

a1r Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae. See B‑382.


Imprint: [Deventer: Richard Pafraet, 1480-5]. 4°.


Collation: a–l8.

Types: Type: Sheppard records type 103 GB.


ISTC: ib00770200

GW: GW 4519;

Hain: C 1093a;

Proctor: Pr 8962;

Others: Campbell–Kronenberg I 306b; HPT II 406; ILC 408; Sheppard 6930.

LCN: 13961710


Copy number: B-391(1)

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

Size: 227 × 154 × 24 mm.

Size of leaf: 220 × 140 mm.

Copious early marginal and interlinear notes, apparently in a single German(?) hand. On l8r, the epitaph for Boethius' wife, Epitaphium uxoris Boethii, with incipit, ‘Helpis dicta fui Sicule regionis alumna | Quam procul a patria coniugis egit amor': Boethius, Philosophiae consolationis libri quinque, ed. R. Peiper (Leipzig, 1871), p. xxxvi, lines 1-2, 7-8, and see Gibson, Smith and Ziegler, Codices Boethiani, 11, no. vii, II; in Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda aurea also only these four lines; see ed. T. Graesse (Leipzig, 1801), 832, chapter clxxxi. Also further verses: ‘Vt gaudere solet fessus iam nauta labore | Desiderata diu litora nota videns | Haud aliter scriptor optato fine libelli | Exultat viso lassus et ipse quidem': attributed to Walafrid Strabo, as one of his carmina ad amicos: see Poetae aevi Carolini, I–VI, ed. Ernst Dümmler, MGH II (Berlin, 1884), 402 and Walther, Initia, 19805; ‘Ut letus ponti spumantis nauita limphas | Munere congaudet summi tranasse tonantis | Sic sacro thalamo scriptor sulcante libellos': not identified.

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: Johannes Horstmann (fl. 1500); signature on l8v. Joseph Niesert (1766-1841); no inscription but see sale (1843), lot 15099, dated 1472. Purchased for £0. 16. 0; see Books Purchased (1843), 8.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 5.20.

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