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Bod-Inc: D-079

Diogenes Laertius

Vitae et sententiae philosophorum (ed. Benedictus Brognolus).


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

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

a2r [Traversarius], Ambrosius: [Letter to] Cosimus de' Medici. Incipit: ‘[V]oluenti mihi quaedam Graeca volumina . . .’ See D‑076.

a3r Diogenes Laertius: Vitae et sententiae philosophorum. Translated by Ambrosius Traversarius. Incipit: ‘[P]hilosophiam a barbaris initia sumpsisse . . .’ See D‑076.

t3r [Alphabetical index.] ‘Tabula huius operis'.’


Imprint: Bologna: Jacobus de Ragazonibus, 30 Mar. 1495. Folio.


Collation: a–s6 t4.

Illustrations: Woodcut initial.


ISTC: id00224000

GW: GW 8383;

Hain: H *6204 = HC 6211;

Goff: Goff D‑224;

BMC: BMC VI 848;

Proctor: Pr 6654;

Others: BSB‑Ink D‑159; Rhodes 685; Sack, Freiburg, 1254; Sheppard 5406-7.

LCN: 14817791


Copy number: D-079(1)

Binding: Eighteenth-century mottled calf with Buntpapier pastedowns.

Size: 295 × 213 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 285 × 199 mm.

Copious early marginal notes in a humanist hand, mainly extracting key words and providing captions; cropped.

Provenance: Rome, Biblioteca Corsiniana ‘vetus'; stamp on a1r. Albergotti family (eighteenth century); inscription on verso of front endleaf: ‘Albergotti'. Dimitrij Petrovich, Count Boutourlin (1763-1829); armorial book-plate; shelfmark no. 549 (erroneously entered as 550 in the book and later corrected), see Catalogue (1831); sale (1841), lot 1653. Purchased for £0. 15. 0; see Books Purchased (1842), 16.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 2.26.

Copy number: D-079(2)

Bound with:
2. Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae. Venice: Christophorus de Quaietis and Martinus de Lazaronibus, 17 July 1493 (G‑059).

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf, imitating an earlier style; the edges are now coloured magenta; along the fore-edge can still be seen the earlier inscription of ‘AV GELLIUS', repeated; the two items were probably not bound together before the edges were coloured.

Size: 325 × 215 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 315 × 203 mm.

A few early annotations.

Provenance: Purchased for £0. 18. 0; see Books Purchased (1844), 15.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 4.17(1).

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