Liber de vita et moribus philosophorum.
Analysis of Content
[a1v] Tabula philosophorum.
[a3r] Burlaeus, Gualtherus: Liber De vita et moribus philosophorum. Incipit: ‘[D]e vita et moribus philosophorum veterum tractaturus, multa que ab antiquis auctoribus in diuersis libris de ipsorum gestis . . .’ Without the life of Justinus, with the life of Persius, and with sentences from A to C of Seneca [pseudo-] [Publilius Syrus, Mimus]. See Bloomfield 1475; Stigall, ‘Manuscript Tradition', 44-57; Prelog, ‘Die Handschriften und Drucke', 1-18; see the introductory note in GW V col. 669 for a description of the varying editions.
[m1r] [Table of contents.]
Imprint: [Cologne]: Arnold Ther Hoernen, 1472. 4°.
Collation: [a–l8 m10].
GW: GW 5783;
Hain: HC 4122;
Goff: Goff B‑1317;
Proctor: Pr 931;
Others: BSB‑Ink B‑992; CIBN B‑926; Oates 424; Sheppard 723; Voulliéme, Köln, 295.
Copy number: B-608(1)
Binding: Contemporary English blind-tooled calf over wooden boards; hinged from upper to lower board, two clasps lost. A border formed by a repeated small floral stamp on the upper cover and, on the lower, by a repeated small triangular stamp; on the upper cover a single fillet, on the lower cover triple fillets, form an inner rectangle subdivided by sets of horizontal double fillets into twelve compartments, decorated with floral and bird tools; see Oldham, Blind-stamped Bindings, pl. xxvii, nos 411-16, ‘binder K'.
Size: 230 × 155 × 35 mm.
Size of leaf: 212 × 145 mm.
Pastedowns from a musical manuscript, now removed with no record of their present location.
Manuscript catchwords at the end of each gathering and early marginal notes throughout. Copious marginal notes: some early notes washed out, most in one sixteenth-century(?) hand. Also pointing hands and note marks.
Provenance: Thomas More (sixteenth century); note on [m10v]: ‘To my biloving friend Mr | Thomas More This be deliuered with spead'. John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 44. Presented in 1659.
SHELFMARK: 4° B 1 Art. Seld.
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