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Boethius, Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus

De consolatione philosophiae [English and Latin].


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae [Latin]. See B‑382.

[a2r] Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae [English]. Translated by Geoffrey Chaucer. The Riverside Chaucer, ed. Larry D. Benson, 3rd edn (Oxford, 1988), 397-469; Chaucer According to William Caxton, ed. Beverly Boyd (Lawrence, Kan., 1978), 40-172. See also Boyd pp. xv–xviii. On Chaucer's sources for Boece see Chaucer, ed. Boyd, p. xvi, and Minnis, ‘Medieval French and English Traditions', in Boethius, ed. Gibson, 341.

[m5r] Caxton, William: [Printer's epilogue.] Chaucer, ed. Boyd 172-4.

[m6r] Surigonus, Stephanus: ‘Epitaphium Galfridi Chaucer'. Chaucer, ed. Boyd 174-5. See Caxton, Exhibition, BL, 43-4. The epitaph was inscribed on a tablet, and hung on a pillar next to Chaucer's tomb in Westminster Abbey. Surigonus is also the author of collection of poems in London, British Library, MS. Arundel 249, fols 94-117: see Chaucer, ed. Boyd, p. xv; on verses and author see also Painter, Caxton, 92-3.


Imprint: [Westminster]: William Caxton, [c.1478]. Folio.


Collation: [a–l8 m6].


ISTC: ib00813000

GW: GW 4576;

Hain: HC 3399;

Goff: Goff B‑813;


Proctor: Pr 9630;

Others: Blades, Caxton, 25; de Ricci, Caxton, 8; Duff 47; Caxton, Exhibition, BL, no. 29; Chaucer, ed. Boyd, pp. xv, 196; Needham, Pardoner, 85, no. Cx 31, and 74 no. 16; Oates 4064; Painter, Caxton, 212; Rhodes 402; The Riverside Chaucer, ed. Larry D. Benson, 3rd edn (Oxford, 1988), 1151, Cx; Sheppard 7370-1; STC 3199. Facsimile: English Experience, no. 644 (Amsterdam, 1974).

LCN: 13959639


Copy number: B-404(1)

Wanting [h1] and the blank leaf [a1]. Variants from GW as noted in Oates 4064. Variant from Duff on [m6r] line 4: ‘p yerides . . .' For this copy see Caxton, Exhibition, Bodley, no. 11.

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

Size: 285 × 200 × 25 mm.

Size of leaf: 272 × 181 mm.

Occasional note marks and numbers in margins in black ink.

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red.

Provenance: Nicholas Trotter (fl. 1519); signature in Greek characters on [a2r]. Thomas Fowler (sixteenth century); signature on [m5v]. Not found in Hyde, Catalogus (1674), but acquired before 1738: see Fysher, Catalogus, I 107, where he lists two copies.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.20.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.12.

Copy number: B-404(2)

Wanting [b1].

Bound with A‑054(1); see there for details of the binding, provenance, and former shelfmarks.

Size of leaf: 278 × 195 mm.

On [d2v] a note in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand, ‘Wyll[ ]m [ ] | what is yors?’

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.21(2).

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.13(2).

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