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Bod-Inc: F-044

Ficinus, Marsilius

De christiana religione.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Ficinus, Marsilius: ‘Prohemium' [addressed to] Laurentius de' Medici. Incipit: ‘[E]terna dei sapientia statuit diuina misteria saltem in ipsis religionis . . .’ Explicit: cultori censui dedicandum

[a2v] Ficinus, Marsilius: De christiana religione. Incipit: ‘[S]ingulas generis humani dotes uidemus in bestiis quibusdam . . .’ Explicit: beatamque uitam hauriemus See Kristeller, Supplementum Ficinianum, I, p. lix, no. c 1.

[r1r] ‘Tabula capitulorum'.


Imprint: [Florence: Nicolaus Laurentii Alamanus, between 10 Nov. and 10 Dec. 1476]. 4°.

Remarks: A copy in the Guildhall Library, London, contains the date ‘1476' printed at the end: see Max Husung, ‘Questionario degli eruditi', Bibliofilia, 25 (1923), 180-1, also Marsilio Ficino e il ritorno di Platone: mostra di manoscritti stampe e documenti 17 maggio – 16 giugno 1984, ed. S. Gentile, and others (Florence, 1984), 85-7, nos 66-7.


Collation: [a b10 c–f8 g6+1 h–p8 q10 r2].


ISTC: if00148000

GW: GW 9876;

Hain: HCR 7069;

Goff: Goff F‑148;

BMC: BMC VI 625;

Proctor: Pr 6125;

Others: BSB‑Ink F‑112; Sheppard 5054-5.

LCN: 14382139, 14382217


Copy number: F-044(1)

Leaf [g2] contains in error the same text as [g1], with slight differences in the setting up: see Curt F. Bühler, ‘The First Edition of Ficino's “De christiana religione": a Problem in Bibliographical Description', Studies in Bibliography, 18 (1965), 248-52, repr. in Curt F. Bühler, Early Books and Manuscripts: Forty Years of Research (New York, 1973), 307-12, esp. 311; in the upper margin is written: ‘Vacat hec carta'. Leaf [p3r], l. 1: ‘ . . . abſqz ullo tenore . . .’ Gathering [r] containing the table is bound at the beginning.

Binding: Nineteenth-century calf (c.1825), for the Bodleian Library, with gold-tooled spine; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 223 × 147 × 27 mm.

Size of leaf: 216 × 132 mm.

Some early marginal and interlinear notes and corrections to the text.

Provenance: Francesco Raimondo Adami (1711-1792); stamp on [r1r]: ‘Ex libris Fr. Franc. Raim. Adami. No. 4993'. Purchased for £1. 11. 6: see Books Purchased (1825), 10.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q inf. 1.7.

Copy number: F-044(2)

Wanting sheet [g2]: see Bühler above.

Gathering [r] containing the table is bound at the beginning. Sheet [p3.6] differently set up. Leaf [p3r], l. 1: ‘ . . . abſque ullo terrore . . .’

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century Italian (for Boutourlin) red half morocco, over pasteboards, with gold tooling and marbled pastedowns.

Size: 235 × 172 × 27 mm.

Size of leaf: 225 × 160 mm.

On the blank page following the table, an undated manuscript letter of Ficinus, in the hand of Luca Fabianus, presenting this copy to Daniel Placentinus, Bishop of Rhosus, Cilicia; corrections to the text in Fabianus's hand; see Paul Oskar Kristeller, ‘Some Original Letters and Autograph Manuscripts of Marsilio Ficino', in Studi di bibliografia e di storia in onore di Tammaro De Marinis, III (Verona, 1964), 5-33, at 29, repr. in Paul Oskar Kristeller, Studies in Renaissance Thought and Letters, III, Storia e letteratura raccolta di studi e testi, 178 (Rome, 1993), 109-34, at 130-1, with references, and Ficino, Lettere, ed. Gentile, I, p. cxlvi; the text is the same as in the letter to Antonius Forlivensis, Ficinus, Opera (1576), 734.

On [a1r] a five-line Italian initial ‘E' is supplied in gold surrounded by white vine-stems defined in red, blue, and green, and gold dots; other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; see Pächt and Alexander II, 108 no. pr. 47.

Provenance: Daniel Placentinus, Bishop of Rhosus, Cilicia (1470-87); letter of presentation (see above) Luca Fabianus (fl. 1476); see above. Marsilius Ficinus (1433-1499); see above. Inscription on [a1r]: ‘In omnibus que hic aut alibi a me tractantur tum assertu esse uolo quantum ab ecclesia comparabatur'. Dimitrij Petrovich, Count Boutourlin (1763-1829); armorial book-plate and shelfmark no. 742, see catalogue (1831); sale catalogue (1840), lot 244. Purchased for £5. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1840), 12.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 5.59.

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