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Bod-Inc: C-300

Cicero, Marcus Tullius

De natura deorum, et al.


Analysis of Content

Part I.

A1r [Table of contents for parts I–IV.]

A2r [Plutarchus: Note on the death of Cicero.] Incipit: ‘Cicero inter damnatos iudicatus est. Dicitur tamen Octauius . . .’ This is the last section of the extract from Plutarch which was printed in GW 6902 (C‑299); the section begins on [1 a2r]; this edition may have been based on a copy of GW 6902 which was wanting the first leaf.

A2r Cornelius, Severus: [Verses on the death of Cicero.] Incipit: ‘Oraque magnanimum spirantia poene uirorum | In rostris iacuere suis, sed enim abstulit omnes'; 25 hexameters.

A3r Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De natura deorum. Cic. N.D.

E6v [First colophon.]

Part II.

Aa1r Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De divinatione. Cic. Div.

Dd4v [Second colophon.]

Part III.

Aaa1r Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De fato. Cic. Fat.

Aaa4v Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De legibus. Cic. Leg.; see also Schmidt, Überlieferung, 402.

Ccc6v [Third colophon.]

Part IV.

Ddd1r Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Academica II. ‘Ad Hortensium'. Cic. Ac.

Fff2v Cicero, Marcus Tullius [pseudo-]: De re militari. Incipit: ‘[R]es militaris in tres diuiditur partes . . .’ See C‑299.

Fff4v [Fourth colophon.]

Part V.

Ggg1r Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De finibus bonorum et malorum. Cic. Fin.

Nnn1r Cicero, Quintus Tullius: Commentariolum petitionis. ‘De petititione consulatus'. Cic. Comment. Pet.

Nnn5r Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Timaeus. ‘De uniuersitate'. Cic. Tim.

Ooo2v Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Somnium Scipionis. Cic. Rep. 6. 9-26.


Imprint: Reggio Emilia and Bologna: Bazalerius and Caligula de Bazaleriis, 1498-9. Folio.

Remarks: In five parts, dated: (I) 1498; (II) 27 Feb. 1499; (III) 11 Mar. 1499; (IV) 10 Apr. 1499; (V) 20 June 1499. Parts I–IV were printed at Reggio Emilia by Bazalerius de Bazaleriis, and part V at Bologna by Caligula de Bazaleriis.


Collation: Part I: De natura deorum: A8 B–E6; part II: De divinatione: Aa–Cc6 Dd4; part III: De fato; De legibus: Aaa–Ccc6; part IV: Achademica II. De re militari: Ddd Eee6 Fff4; part V: De finibus. Commentariolum petitionis. Timaeus. Somnium Scipionis: Ggg–Nnn6 Ooo4.


ISTC: ic00573000

GW: GW 6903 (I–V);

Hain: H 5336 (I–IV); HR *5333 (I); H *5338 (II); H 5339 (II, III); H *5344 (III–V); H 5331 (V);

Goff: Goff C‑573;

BMC: BMC VII 1092 (I–IV), VI 837 (V);

Proctor: Pr 7258A (a–e) (I–V), 6619A (V) = 7258(e);

Others: BSB‑Ink C‑378; Sheppard 5375 (V), 6025 (I–IV).

LCN: 14883309


Copy number: C-300(1)

Binding: Late sixteenth-century Italian laced case hair sheep parchment with thin inserted boards; two endband slips only, laced through cover.

Size: 280 × 214 × 23 mm.

Size of leaf: 274 × 206 mm.

Copious early marginal notes mainly extracting key words and phrases. Contents of part V appended to the printed list (for parts I–IV) on A1r in an early hand.

Some running titles and book numbers supplied in an early hand in black ink. Pagination supplied in black ink.

Provenance: Christophorus Quadrius (fl. 1671); inscription on A2r: ‘ex libris Christofori Quadrii Mattheani 1671'. Purchased in 1901 from Wilfrid Michael Voynich, A Third List of Books . . ., no. 1649; see Library Bills, 11 Feb. 1901; another copy apparently acquired in 1910; see Annual Report of the Curators of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University Gazette, 17 May 1911, 778.

SHELFMARK: Inc. d. I45.1498.1.

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