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Bod-Inc: F-052

Ficinus, Marsilius

De vita libri tres, et al.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Ficinus, Marsilius: ‘Prologus' [addressed to] Laurentius de' Medici. See F‑050; Kristeller, Supplementum Ficinianum, I, p. lxiv, no. g 7.

a3r Ficinus, Marsilius: ‘Epistolare prooemium', [addressed to] Georgius Antonius Vespuccius and Johannes Baptista Boninsegnius. ed. Kaske and Clark, 106.

a3v ‘Capitulorum primi libri De uita sana annotatio'.

a4r Ficinus, Marsilius: De vita libri tres. See F‑050.

m1v Ficinus, Marsilius: Apologia [addressed to] Petrus Nerus, Petrus Guicciardinus and Petrus Soderinus. See F‑050.

m3v Ficinus, Marsilius: ‘Quod necessaria sit ad uitam securitas et tranquillitas animi', [addressed to] Bernardus Canisianus, Johannes Canacius and Amerigus Corsinus. See F‑050.

m5r ‘Principalium sententiarum . . . annotatio'.


Imprint: [Basel: Johann Amerbach, not after 1498]. 4°.

Remarks: As dated by Sheppard; GW dates [c.1497].


Collation: a–l8 m n6.


ISTC: if00160000

GW: GW 9885;

Hain: HC *7063;

Goff: Goff F‑160;


Proctor: Pr 7650;

Others: BSB‑Ink F‑117; Oates 2806; Sack, Freiburg, 1446-7; Sheppard 2457-8.

LCN: 14386524


Copy number: F-052(1)

Leaves a1 and n6 backed.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf, for the Bodleian Library. Shelfmark ‘F 10' on fore-edge.

Size: 211 × 143 × 22 mm.

Size of leaf: 202 × 126 mm.

Early marginal notes and pointing hands. On a1r in a mid-sixteenth-century English legal hand: ‘Lou dred & hono[r] code Joy [ ]mi[ ] ffyn | Respice statum et redde debitum | Sint temporalia in usu eterna in desiderio | Sensuum delectaciones quo magis atque auidius hauriuntur eo tutius in contrarium recidunt. mentis uero gaudium quo magis queritur eo magis magisque perfecsius habetur | Non potes aliquo bono temporali satiari quia ad his ffruendum non es procreatus | de temporali uoluptate pro[ ] eternum supplitium'.

Provenance: John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 50, with date of printing given as 1489, apparently taken from date printed at the end of the Apologia. Presented in 1659.

SHELFMARK: 4° F 10 Art. Seld.

Copy number: F-052(2)

Binding: Contemporary German (Bamberg, Kyriß workshop no. 5) blind-tooled calf over pasteboards. On both covers quadruple fillets form a frame; the central rectangle inside this is divided by further quadruple fillets into triangular compartments decorated with a large lozenge-shaped eagle stamp, a large rosette stamp, and an unframed bird stamp, all now very worn. For the stamps see Kyriß pl. 9, nos 1 and 3.

Size: 202 × 138 × 27 mm.

Size of leaf: 200 × 137 mm.

Early marginal notes. On front pastedown, quotations from Pliny, Nat. 27. 8. 5, an adage based on Cic. Tusc. 5. 100. 5: ‘Qui cum Platone caenant, etiam postero die bene habent'; and, in Greek, from Sophocles, O. C. 880, and two unidentified Greek passages. On n6r-v, and continuing onto the back pastedown, a text on the conception of males or females, written in a seventeenth-century hand(?), and entitled ‘Qui fiat uel masculus uel fœmina in utero concipiatur', with incipit, ‘Qui cœlorum motus et proprietates rimatius scrutatur, astra efficere dicunt . . .’

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: J. Thurn (sixteenth century); signature on a1r: ‘J. Thurn'. Presented in 1908.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Inc. e. I4.2.

SHELFMARK: Inc. e. GS2.2.

Copy number: F-052(3)

Not in Sheppard.

Binding: Early sixteenth-century English (Oxford, the ‘Fishtail Binder') calf over wooden boards; rebacked; clasp, hinged from upper to lower cover. On both covers triple fillets form concentric intersecting frames; within the outer frame is a lozenge-shaped decorative stamp (Oldham, Blind-stamped Bindings, pl. XVIII, no. 163, and G. D. Hobson, Thirty Bindings, pl. I); the inner rectangle is divided by further triple fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments and decorated with the decorative stamp. D‑165(2) (Duns Scotus, GW 9072; Broxb. 34.5) was bound by the same binder and formerly contained a similar fragment of manuscript, now in BL.

Size: 219 × 150 × 27 mm.

Size of leaf: 204 × 137 mm.

Manuscript pastedown consisting of two strips of a late thirteenth-century French chanson de geste.

Sixteenth-century notes on a1r in French: ‘Pour bien servir et loyal estre le serviteur . . .' Some marginal notes in the hand of Richard Burgess, extracting key words. Title(?) on the lower edge.

Provenance: Richard Burgess (Burgeys) (1468-before Feb. 1506); inscription on a1r: ‘Liber Ricardi Burgeys'. William Rylye, sixteenth century; name on a1r: ‘William Rylye'. John Phillipps (sixteenth century; perhaps 1514-after 1553); name on a1r written below and in the same hand as Rylye: ‘John Phillipps'. Initials ‘V G' carved into lower board. Shelfmark ‘B.h.5' in red ink, inside the upper cover, and on verso of upper parchment reinforcing slip. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate; purchased in 1925 from Frederick Startridge Ellis (1830-1901) for £6. 0. 0; accession number ‘927'; stamped initials. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 29.16.

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