De historia Romana, et al.
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[a1r] [Festus: Breviarium rerum gestarum populi Romani. Also known as De historia Romana. Addressed to] Valentinianus I, Roman Emperor. ‘Rerum gestarum populi Romani.’ Festus, Abrégé des hauts faits du peuple romain, ed. and trans. Marie-Pierre Arnaud-Lindet (Paris, 1994), 2-38; J. W. Eadie, The ‘Breviarium' of Festus: A Critical Edition with Historical Commentary, University of London Classical Studies, 5 (London, 1967), 45-69. ‘Festus' or ‘Festus Ruf(f)us' is the name which occurs in the manuscripts. However, ‘Festus' is the only indisputable name; see OCD, 594, Eadie 4-9, and PLRE I 334-5 (`Festus 3'), who offer evidence that this Festus can be identified with the Proconsul Festus of Tridentum. Suggestions of ‘Festus Ruf(i)us' in Festus, Abrégé, pp. vii–xiv, and Der Neue Pauly, 4 (Stuttgart and Weimar, 1998), 495, appear to have little foundation. In incunable editions the author is frequently named as ‘Sextus Ruf(f)us' (`Ruffus Sextus' in this edition), but Eadie at 4 suggests that this is the result of a misreading of ‘Festus' in a manuscript exemplar. The identity of the addressee is discussed by Eadie (in relation to the manuscripts with the same dedicatory phrase) at 3-4.
[b6r] [Polentonus, Sicco]: De aedificatione Venetiarum [addressed to Johannes Michael Savonarola.] Sicco Polenton, La catinia, le orazioni et le epistole, ed. Arnaldo Segarizzi, Biblioteca storica della letteratura italiana, 5 (Bergamo, 1899), 119-21; for the dedicatee see CIBN.
[b9r] [History of the foundation of Padua.] Incipit: ‘[P]aduam uero ciuitatem esse in terra Italia inter mare . . .’ Explicit: diuinos honores daret et cetera Kristeller, Iter Italicum, 2, p. 556: anon.
Imprint: [Venice: Florentius de Argentina, c.1472]. 4°.
Collation: [a b10].
Hain: H *14028 = HC *14030;
Goff: Goff R‑354;
BMC: BMC V 204;
Proctor: Pr 4211;
Others: BSB‑Ink F‑102; CIBN R‑229; Oates 1685; Sheppard 3382.
Copy number: F-038A(1)
Binding: Nineteenth-century half brown morocco over cloth; bound for the Bodleian Library. Eighteenth/nineteenth-century blue paper wrappers are preserved inside the present binding.
Size: 190 × 137 × 9 mm.
Size of leaf: 181 × 129 mm.
Two- to five-line epigraphic initials are supplied in red or blue.
Provenance: Purchased for £1. 11. 6; see Books Purchased (1855), 52.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 6.27.
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