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Boethius, Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus

De consolatione philosophiae [German and Latin].


Analysis of Content

Part I.

[a2r] ‘Tabula'.

[b2r] Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae. See B‑382.

[b2r] [Introduction to De consolatione philosophiae [German]]. Incipit: ‘[H]ie hebt sich an das Puech von dem Trost der Weishait des Maiesters Boecy . . .’ Sometimes considered to be the translation of 1401 by the Benedictine Peter von Kastel. According to Palmer, ‘Latin and Vernacular', in Boethius, ed. Gibson, 362-409, at 364, Peter von Kastel's translation is lost. On this anonymous translation, see VL I 908-27, at 922-3; see also Nigel F. Palmer, ‘The German Boethius Translation Printed in 1473 in its Historical Context', in Boethius in the Middle Ages, ed. Hoenen and Nauta, 287-302; Palmer notes on 289, note 8, that he used the Bodleian copy; Goris, ‘Boethius' Consolatio Philosophiae and the Early Printing Tradition', 49-54.

[b2v] Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae [German]. Incipit: ‘[D]ie geticht, die ich ettwen mit wunsamen fleis . . .’

Part II.

[2a2r] Thomas Aquinas [pseudo-: Commentary on De consolatione philosophiae.] See B‑382.


Imprint: Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 24 July 1473. Folio.


Collation: Part I: [a6 b8 c–h10 i8 k10 l8]; part II: [2a–f10 g6 h i10 k8 l6].

Remarks: Collation as GW.


ISTC: ib00816000

GW: GW 4573;

Hain: H *3398;

Goff: Goff B‑816;

BMC: BMC II 412;

Proctor: Pr 1966;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑593; CIBN B‑592; Sheppard 1427; Worstbrock, Antikerezeption, no. 41.

LCN: 13959554


Copy number: B-403(1)

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin (fillets only) over wooden boards; scars of corner-pieces and catches; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 422 × 293 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 411 × 281 mm.

Early marginal notes. Note on front pastedown in contemporary hand, apparently from Cic. Off., with incipit, ‘Quid preter deos est optabilius sapientia, quid prestantius, quid homini melius . . .': see Cic. Off. 2. 5. 4, with slight variation of text, ‘Quid enim est, per deos, optabilius sapientia . . .'; also a quotation from Sen. Ep. 15. 1. 4: ‘Si philosophari bene est'. ‘Valere enim hoc demum est sine hoc aeger est amicus', and from Ep. 88. 33. 2, ‘Magna et speciosa res est sapientia'.

Initials, some with black pen-work infill and extensions into the margins, paragraph marks and headings are supplied in red. Capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: Old shelfmarks on [a1r]: square printed label ‘Philologi.XXV.a.17' and, in pencil, ‘Phlg.XXIX.a.5' and ‘XXXI.b.8' (cancelled). Purchased for £20. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1803), 2.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 1.17.

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