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Bod-Inc: C-225

Cicero, Marcus Tullius

De inventione, et al.


Analysis of Content

Part I.

a1v Victorinus, Gaius Marius Fabius: [Commentary on De inventione.] See C‑208.

a2r Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De inventione. ‘Rhetoricae ueteris liber primus [-ultimus]'. Cic. Inv.

Part II.

A2r [Guarinus, Baptista: Commentary on Rhetorica ad Herennium.] Incipit: ‘[S]olebant maiores in exponendis libris multa . . .’ See Sabbadini 93-7.

A2r Cicero, Marcus Tullius [pseudo-]: Rhetorica ad C. Herennium. Rhet. Her.


Imprint: Venice: Johannes de Gregoriis, de Forlivio and Jacobus Britannicus, 17 July 1483. Folio.


Collation: Part I: a–h8 i k6; part II: A–H8 I K6.


ISTC: ic00648000

GW: GW 6737;

Hain: HC *5078;

Goff: Goff C‑648;

BMC: BMC V 339;

Proctor: Pr 4501;

Others: BSB‑Ink C‑304; Sheppard 3877.

LCN: 14886065


Copy number: C-225(1)

Wanting the blank leaf K6.

Binding: Eighteenth-century English calf, with gold-tooled spine and marbled pastedowns, probably for the Bodleian Library; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers. The watermark of the endleaves bears the date 1795.

Size: 315 × 218 × 28 mm.

Size of leaf: 308 × 200 mm.

Partial rubrication on leaves a1-3, k2v –k5v, A2r –A3r only: on a2r a five-line initial is supplied in red, edged in white and decorated with filigree, and white filigree on grey (now mostly removed), all on a green ground, and with extensions into the inner margin; on A2r a six-line initial is supplied in green, edged in yellow and with foliate scrolling outlined in yellow, on a red ground; other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: Brandanus Saleman (fl. 1483-1488); inscription on a1r: ‘Ego Brandanus Saleman clericus Bremen[sis] diocesis in presentem comparaui Ciceronis Rethoric[am] alma in vniuersitate Rostocksensium anno incarnacionis domini Mcccclxxxv'. ‘Hanc eandem tum veterem tum etiam nouam Tullii Rhetoricam ego Bernardus Bremensis felicem ad Agrippinam aduexi ibidemque feci compangi qua fungor ut commodatarius 1488'. Lüder Kulenkamp (1724-1794); sale catalogue (1796), 451, no. 2. Purchased for £0. 12. 0; see Books Purchased (1796), 1.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 2.4.

Copy number: C-225(2)

Not in Sheppard.

Bound with A‑146(3); see there for details of binding and later provenance.

Leaves c2, f4, f5, A2, C4, and K5 only.

Size of fragments: c.280 × 200 mm.

Early marginal annotations, consisting mainly of extraction of key words (on c2v, A2r–v), also correction to the running head on C4r and note in the lower margin, ‘finis primi libri'; underlining in the text in black ink on f5v and C4v. Scribbles and pen-trials on K5v in various sixteenth-century English hands.

On f4v a four-line initial ‘C', and on A2r a six-line initial ‘E', are supplied in blue, within a red pen-work frame and with red pen-work decoration, and extensions into the margin; other two- to six-line initials are supplied in red or blue; a paragraph mark is supplied in red on c2v.

Provenance: John and Henry Saint (sixteenth century); inscriptions on K5v: ‘Johannes Sanctus est huius libri verus possessor . . . ix ixs ixd ‘; ‘Johannes Sa[ ]tus et Henricus Saintus sunt possessores huius libri'. William Lord (sixteenth century); name on K5v.

SHELFMARK: Gibson 403*(5/1-6).

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