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Bod-Inc: D-077

Diogenes Laertius

Vitae et sententiae philosophorum (ed. Benedictus Brognolus).


Analysis of Content

[a1v] Brognolus, Benedictus: [Letter to] Laurentius Georgius [Zorzi] and Jacobus Baduarius [Badoer]. Incipit: ‘[T]imonem ferunt, optimi iuuenes . . .’ Dated Venice, 12 Aug. 1475.

[a3r] [Traversarius], Ambrosius: [Letter to] Cosimus de' Medici. Incipit: ‘[V]olventi mihi quaedam Graeca volumina . . .’ See D‑076.

[a4r] ‘Tabula'. [Alphabetical table of contents.]

[a5r] Diogenes Laertius: Vitae et sententiae philosophorum. Translated by Ambrosius Traversarius. Edited by Benedictus Brognolus. Incipit: ‘[P]hilosophiam a barbaris initia sumpsisse . . .’ See D‑076.


Imprint: Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 14 Aug. 1475. Folio.


Collation: [a10+1 b10 c–y8 z6.]


ISTC: id00220000

GW: GW 8379;

Hain: HC *6199;

Goff: Goff D‑220;

BMC: BMC V 175;

Proctor: Pr 4095;

Others: BSB‑Ink D‑156; Lowry, Jenson, 244 no. 41; Oates 1638; Sheppard 3266-7.

LCN: 14817776


Copy number: D-077(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [z6].

On [a4r] line 4 reads ‘Tabula per ordinem litterarum alphabeti.'; an alphabetical index follows.

Binding: Eighteenth-century calf; the spine gold-tooled; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 291 × 198 × 38 mm.

Size of leaf: 284 × 185 mm.

Early marginal notes in humanist hands.

On [a5r] an eight-line initial is supplied in gold surrounded by white vine-stems defined in blue, red, and green; three-quarter border is supplied in gold surrounded by white vine-stems defined in blue in a wreath in the lower margin, a coat of arms: or, on a chevron azure three stars of the first, between three twigs of vine proper, over an erased coat which had a fess lozengy. At the beginning of each book, principal initials are supplied in gold on a blue, red, or green ground with white dotting; other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. See Pächt and Alexander II, 110 no. pr. 77.

Provenance: Bartolomeo Tassi (sixteenth century?). Paul Girardot de Préfond (†after c.1800)(?); ‘n° 60 6077 B. J. D. B.' inside front endleaf; inside upper cover a white label with manuscript no. in black ink: ‘2459'. Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735-1792); sale (1789), lot 7318?; according to the annotated catalogue bought in by P. den Hengst for Fl. 30, the equivalent of £2. 12. 6, according to the exchange rate used by Thomas Payne at this sale. Purchased for £1. 10. 6; see Books Purchased (1790), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 3.18.

Copy number: D-077(2)

Wanting the blank leaf [z6].

On [a4r] line 4 reads ‘Tabula per ordinem litterarum alphabeti'; an alphabetical index follows.

Binding: Nineteenth-century English diced russia, probably by C. Lewis, as suggested by a cutting from a bookseller's catalogue.

Size: 292 × 203 × 37 mm.

Size of leaf: 282 × 184 mm.

Provenance: On [p5v] an inscription: ‘A di S. Ma[rc]° Castello 1536'. Sir Mark Masterman Sykes (1771-1823); sale (1824), lot 1061 or 1062; note: ‘From Sykes sale £9-0-0' on front pastedown; the price matches the first copy; the binding was described as red morocco. Purchased by Ingram Bywater (1840-1914) from an English bookseller for £4. 14. 6; see cutting pasted to front endleaf; Elenchus, no. 1077. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. D 2.12.

Copy number: D-077(3)

Wanting leaf [a1], supplied in pen facsimile by Harris (note on front endleaf).

On [a4r] line 4 reads ‘Tabula secundum ordinem librorum.'; a table of contents follows.

Binding: Eighteenth-century blind-tooled calf; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 288 × 200 × 37 mm.

Size of leaf: 282 × 190 mm.

A few early marginal notes, washed out.

Provenance: Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate and accession no. ‘1372'; purchased from McLeish and Sons in 1955 for £33. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 110.13.

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