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Bod-Inc: C-137

Cato, Dionysius

Cato: Disticha de moribus [English].


Analysis of Content

[*2r] ‘Prologue or prohemye'. Translated from the French by William Caxton. Max Otto Goldberg, Die Catonischen Distichen während des Mittelalters in der englischen und französischen Literatur, vol. 1: Der englische Cato (Leipzig, 1883), 51.

a2r [Epistola Catonis. English.] Incipit: ‘[C]um animaduerterem quam plurimos homines errare in via morum . . . [W]han I remembre [and] consydere in my corage . . .’

c1v [Cato, Dionysius: Disticha Catonis. English.] Translated from the French by William Caxton. With a paraphrase and commentary. The Latin text ed. Boas, 34-261. Zatočil 230-7. Walther, Initia, 17703. Schaller 15020. Each distich is preceded by a prose summary (`Rhetorica') and followed by a prose commentary.


Imprint: [Westminster: William Caxton, after 23 Dec. 1483]. Folio.


Collation: [*6] a–h8 i10. Gathering [*] numbered but not signed.


ISTC: ic00313000

GW: GW 6361;

Hain: HC 4754;

Goff: Goff C‑313;


Proctor: Pr 9656;

Others: Blades, Caxton, 55; Duff 79; Oates 4092; Painter, Caxton, 213; Rhodes 527; de Ricci, Caxton, 16; Sheppard 7399-400; STC 4853.

LCN: 14836577


Copy number: C-137(1)

Wanting gathering [*] and leaf a1. Caxton, Exhibition, Bodley, no. 16.

Binding: Eighteenth-century calf.

Size: 283 × 200 × 25 mm.

Size of leaf: 275 × 192 mm.

Fragments (pp. 323, 326, 332, 333) of an eighteenth-century edition of The History of Sampson used in the binding, possibly from part II of an edition of Scriptural Poems, falsely attributed to John Bunyan.

Copious early marginal notes in an English hand. On i10r an early inscription of the last distich and the beginning of the commentary.

Provenance and date of acquisition unkown.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.6.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.6.

Copy number: C-137(2)

Gatherings g–i only.

For details of the binding, provenance, and former shelfmarks see A‑054(1).

Size of leaf: 278 × 189 mm.

Inscription on i10r in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand: ‘Jh[eu]n[e] the xxiiith day of Jheune the | yere of owre lord gods 1513' [Eve of the Nativity of John the Baptist].

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.21(1).

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.13(1).

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