Vitae Nervae et Traiani imperatorum.
Analysis of Content
a1v [Inscriptions on the statue of Trajan in the Circus Maximus, and on Trajan's Column.] CIL VI/1, 995 and 960.
a1v [Bembus, Bonifacius: Apology by the translator for shortcomings in his work.] Incipit: ‘Oro te quicunque in haec mea siue casu seu consulto incidisti . . .’ Dated 7 Aug. 1493.
a2r Bembus, Bonifacius: ‘Praefatio' [addressed to Franciscus Todeschini Piccolomini], Cardinal-archbishop of Siena. Incipit: ‘[L]atitabant in liturariis meis aliquot iam anno duo Romani principes magnopere a nostris hominibus . . .’
a2v Cassius Dio: Vitae Nervae et Traiani imperatorum. Translated by Bonifacius Bembus, from a compilation of fragments of Cassius Dio. Incipit: ‘[Q]uom post scelera caedesque Domitianus eo deuenisset, ut omnis homines suspectos . . .’ this translation not the same as in Aldine 1519 ed., nor in 1592 ed.
Imprint: [Rome: Printer of Herodianus, not before 7 Aug. 1493]. Folio.
GW: GW 6168;
Hain: CR 1985;
Goff: Goff C‑243;
BMC: BMC IV 138;
Others: BSB‑Ink C‑174; Oates 1586; Sheppard 3160.
Copy number: C-108(1)
1. Angelus Politianus, Miscellaneorum centuria prima. Florence: Antonio di Bartolommeo Miscomini, 19 Sept. 1489 (P‑424(1));
3. Herodianus, Historia de imperio post Marcum. Rome: [Printer of Herodianus], 20 June 1493 (H‑051);
4. Sidonius Apollinaris, Epistolae et carmina. Milan: Uldericus Scinzenzeler, for Hieronymus de Asula and Johannes de Abbatibus, 4 May 1498 (S‑195(2)).
Binding: Seventeenth/eighteenth-century parchment; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.
Size: 283 × 218 × 56 mm.
Size of leaf: 278 × 208 mm.
Marginal notes extracting key words and key points; between items 3 and 4 are ten inserted leaves, seven containing a manuscript index to Herodianus and three containing seven epitomes of Herodianus, with an eighth epitome written on A1r of item 4; the index and the epitomes are all in the same hand as the marginal notes. The four items thus belonged together at the time the notes were written. According to two manuscript notes by Francesco Maria Bellini, dated 1688, on sig. i4r and on leaf 7v of the insert, these notes are all in the hand of Lorenzo Strozzi; Bellini states that he compared the hand with archival material in the Strozzi archives. A table of contents in Heber's hand on front endleaf.
Provenance: Lorenzo Strozzi (1482-1549); names of Alphonso, Lorenzo, and Filippo Strozzi on recto of ‘Emendationes' list of item 1, in an early hand; note on the Strozzi on i4v of item 3. Francesco Maria Bellini (fl. 1688); see inscription on leaf 7v of the insert: ‘ . . . Nos Fransciscus Maria Bellinius prodo Duce Aloysio in [ ] administrator'. Bonelli; sale, at King's, 1809. Richard Heber (1773-1833); purchased at Bonelli's sale: note in Heber's hand on recto of front endleaf: ‘1809 [Bonelli's] Sale at Kings £4. 6. 0'; Heber's sale; see Catalogue, 5 (1835), lot 3707, sold for £0. 18. 0. Purchased for £1. 10. 0, according to Books Purchased (1835), 2 (under Angelus).
SHELFMARK: Auct. P 4.37(2).
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