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Firmicus Maternus, Julius

Matheseos libri viii (ed. Antonius Laurus).


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A2r ‘Tabula'.

A4r Cornianus Brixianus, Johannes Pompeius: [Verse addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Quo magis humanis pollent caelestia rebus | Sic reliquos prestat Firmicus astra tenens'; 14 lines of verse. Contains an acknowledgement of the editor Antonius Laurus.

a1r Firmicus Maternus, Julius: Matheseos libri VIII. Edited by Antonius Laurus. Julius Firmicus Maternus, Matheseos libri viii, ed. W. Kroll and F. Skutsch, 2 vols (Leipzig, 1897-1913); see Thorndike–Kibre 852, 980. ‘Prooemium' addressed to Lollianus Mavortius; see Giovanni Mercati, ‘Pescennio Francesco Negro Veneto Protonotario Apostolico', Ultimi contributi alla storia degli Umanisti, 2 vols, Studi e testi, 90-1 (Vatican, 1939), II 65.

u3r [Firmicus Maternus, Julius]: ‘Epistola' [addressed to] [Quintus Flavius Maesius] Lollianus [Egnatius] Mavortius. ed. Kroll and Skutsch, II 360-1. Kroll and Skutsch include this as ch. 33 of book 8.

u3v Nicolaus Amerinus: [Verse addressed to] Julius Firmicus Maternus. Incipit: ‘Firmice, tu caelos nosti tu sidera et altas | Caelicolum latebras mistica regna poli'; 6 elegiac distichs.

u3v Cyllenius, Johannes: [Verse in praise of] Julius Firmicus Maternus. Incipit: ‘Astra super caelosque uagos speculatur et orbes | Hic est diuini Firmicus ingenii'; 5 elegiac distichs.

u3v [Colophon.]

u3v Gigas, Christophorus Pierius: [Verse addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Qua iacet Enceladus summo deiectus Olympo | Claruit ingenio Firmicus inde satus'; 3 elegiac distichs.


Imprint: Venice: Simon Bevilaqua, 13 June 1497. Folio.


Collation: A4 a b8 c–g6 h8 i6 k4 l2 m–o6 p4 q–t6 u4.

Illustrations: 12 schematic woodcuts.


ISTC: if00190000

GW: GW 9980;

Hain: H *7121;

Goff: Goff F‑190;

BMC: BMC V 522;

Proctor: Pr 5402;

Others: BSB‑Ink F‑128; Essling 1128; Hillard 812; Oates 2095; Rhodes 776; Sander 2783; Sheppard 4478-80.

LCN: 14381769


Copy number: F-060(1)

Wanting the blank leaf u4.

Binding: Late eighteenth-century English calf for the Bodleian Library; gold fillets; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 318 × 220 × 27 mm.

Size of leaf: 311 × 203 mm.

Some early marginal notes and corrections to the text.

Provenance: ‘G. G.' on A2r and on several other leaves. Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); see Morelli (1787), I no. 1997; sale (1789), lot 6898. Purchased for £1. 4. 0; the annotated sale catalogue gives no name of purchaser, but the same price as Books Purchased (1789), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 3.23.

Copy number: F-060(2)

Bound with:
1. Claudius Ptolemaeus, Quadripartitum. Centiloquium cum commento Hali, etc. Venice: Bonetus Locatellus, for Octavianus Scotus, 20 Dec. 1493 (P‑533(1));
2. Haly, filius Abenragel (Albohazen), Liber in iudiciis astrorum. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 4 July 1485 (H‑002(2)).

Wanting a5, h4.5.

Binding: Contemporary English (Oxford, the 'Dragon Binder') blind-tooled calf over wooden boards; two clasps lost; rebacked. On both covers fillets form an outer border, within which is a rosette stamp and a lozenge-shaped dragon stamp. Triple fillets form an inner rectangle which is divided by further triple fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments, decorated with the dragon stamp. For the stamps see Oldham, Blind-stamped Bindings, pl. xv, nos 146 and 148; on the binder see Oldham, Blind-stamped Bindings, 21-2, with references given there. The binding is listed by Graham Pollard in his notes on Oxford bindings, Bodleian Library, MS. Pollard 326, fol. 39 ('Bindery XVIII'). Binding damaged and stamps very worn.

Size: 332 × 220 × 75 mm.

Size of leaf: 308 × 199 mm.

Some early marginal notes.

Provenance: Robert Frelove (fl. 1530-1534); inscriptions on A2r and u3v of item 3: ‘Liber Roberti Frelove m[er]cer', also on g7v and t8r of item 2, and in Greek on t7v of item 2 and u3v of item 3; given the date of the binding, and notes by the earliest annotating hand in all three items, it is highly likely that the three items were travelling together from soon after the time they were printed and, therefore, that Frelove and all succeeding owners possessed all three items. Roger Goddard (sixteenth/seventeenth century); inscriptions on O5r of item 1: ‘per me Roger Goddard'; and on Q8r of item 1: ‘by me Roger Goddard'; also signature on [*1v] of item 2. Samuel Stallon (†1613); inscription on [*1r] of item 1: ‘Samuellus Stallon [ ]'. A Latin motto in a different hand: ‘Sperando spiro, operando despero'. On the same page is a purchase inscription: ‘pretium Nouembris 28o 1623 | vi s' in an unidentified hand. William Lilly (1602-1681); inscriptions on [*1r] of item 1: ‘William Lilly. Aug. 1634. pret. 4s.8d'; and on P2v of item 1: ‘Gulielmus Lillius Leicestrensis. 1634.19.Maii anno ætatis currente 32: et die 21: et 11 horæ: minut. 34. P.M. scriptum in civitate Londini'. Elias Ashmole (1617-1692). Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1692. Transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1860.

SHELFMARK: Ashm. 572(3).

Copy number: F-060(3)

Binding: Nineteenth-century English gold-tooled quarter tan morocco over marbled paper boards; for Ingram Bywater(?).

Size: 298 × 205 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 291 × 192 mm.

Provenance: Johannes Fabri (1478-1541), Bishop of Vienna. Bequeathed by him to the library of the college of S. Nicolaus, Vienna; inscription in hand of Jacobus Kiechlin on A4v: ‘Liber reuerendissimi patris et domini doctoris Johannis Fabri episcopi Viennæ propriis et non episcopatus pecuniis emptus et post mortem ipsius in bibliothecam collegii sui Diui Nicolai ad usum inhabitantium studentium et studiosorum iuxta suam ordinationem collocandus. Actum x Januarii anno a Christo nato M.D.X.L. ex singulari mandato et ex ore ipsius reuerendissimi episcopi. Jacobus Kiechlin'. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); perhaps acquired from List & Francke, 1879, no. 80, see annotated slip from sale catalogue attached to front pastedown; Elenchus, no. 1309. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. E 2.6.

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