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Bod-Inc: D-076

Diogenes Laertius

Vitae et sententiae philosophorum (ed. Franciscus Aelius Marchisius).


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Marchisius, Franciscus Aelius: [Letter to] Oliverius Carafa. C. Bianca, ‘Il soggiorno romano di Francesco Elio Marchese', in Letteratura fra centro e periferia. Studi in memoria di Pasquale Alberto De Lisio, ed. G. Paparelli and S. Martelli, Pubblicazioni dell'Università degli studi di Salerno, Sezione atti, convegni, miscellanee, 15 (Naples and Rome, 1987), 221-48, at 240-2.

[a3r] [Alphabetical index.]

[a4r] [Traversarius, Ambrosius: Letter to] Cosimus de' Medici. Incipit: ‘[V]olventi mihi quaedam Graeca volumina . . .’ See Agostino Sottili, ‘Il Laerzio latino e greco e altri autografi di Ambrogio Traversari', in Vestigia. Studi in onore di Giuseppe Billanovich, ed. R. Avesani and others, 2 vols, Storia e Letteratura, 162-3 (Rome, 1984), II 699-745.

[b1r] Diogenes Laertius: Vitae [et sententiae] philosophorum. [Translated by Ambrosius Traversarius.] Edited by Franciscus Aelius Marchisius. Incipit: ‘[P]hilosophiam a barbaris initia sumpsisse . . .’ See Sottili, ‘Il Laerzio latino', 699-745; Eugenio Garin, ‘La prima traduzione latina di Diogene Laerzio', Giornale critico della filosofia italiana, 3rd ser. 38 (1959), 283-5.


Imprint: [Rome: Georgius Lauer, c.1472]. Folio and 4°.

Remarks: According to Bianca this edition should be dated to after Jan. 1473; see C. Bianca, ‘Martino Filetico, Giovanni Luigi Toscani et alii’, in Studi latini in ricordo di Rita Cappelletto, ed. S. Lanciotti, et al., Ludus philologiae, 7 (Urbino, 1996), 271-83, at 282.


Collation: [a4 b–d10 e8 f6 g–n10 o6 p8 q10.]


ISTC: id00219000

GW: GW 8378;

Hain: HC Addenda, 6196;

Goff: Goff D‑219;

BMC: BMC VII 1127;

Proctor: Pr 7364;

Others: Fava–Bresciano 222; Sheppard 2731. Microfiche: Unit 26: Philosophy: Ancient, PH 43.

LCN: 14817743


Copy number: D-076(1)

Sheet [a1.4] now replaced by two different blank leaves, both apparently different from [a2.3] and each other; their inclusion pre-dates the present binding. Gathering [a], sheets [c1.10], [g2.5], [l3.8, 4.7, 5.6], and gatherings [n]–[q] are folio, the rest quarto, not as BMC.

Binding: Eighteenth-century Italian gold-tooled red morocco, probably for Boutourlin.

Size: 298 × 212 × 34 mm.

Size of leaf: 287 × 196 mm.

Early manuscript signatures and foliation; references to the foliation in the table; a few early marginal notes extracting key words.

On [b1r] a Roman nine-line epigraphic initial is supplied in gold, surrounded by white vine-stems defined in red, green, and blue extending into the inner margin and ending in gold dots; other epigraphic initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. See Pächt and Alexander II, 107 no. pr. 26.

Provenance: Perugia, Olivetans, Monte Morcino; on [q10v] an inscription: ‘Ad usum fratris Pauli de perusia pertinet ad librariam montis Perusie'. Dimitrij Petrovich, Count Boutourlin (1763-1829); shelfmark no. 698, see Catalogue (1831); sale (1840), lot 2107? Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); purchased by him from Anatole Claudin, Paris, in 1896 for FF 110; invoice pasted into the book; Elenchus, no. 1076. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. D 2.11.

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