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Bod-Inc: H-036


Herbarium Apulei.


Analysis of Content

Subject: medicine

[a]3r Lignamine, Johannes Philippus de: [Letter of dedication addressed to] Franciscus Gonzaga. Paola Farenga, ‘Le prefazioni di Giovanni Filippo di Lignamine', Scrittura, bibioteche e stampa II, 135-74, at 173-4; see also pp. 158-9 and note 60. [A variant issue bears a dedication to Cardinal della Rovere in place of that to Cardinal Gonzaga, cfr. London, British Library IA.19267: 'Reverendissimo ... domino D. IUliano de Ruvere ro. se. espicopo cardinali Sabinensi Sancti Petri ad Vicnula benefactori suo benignissimo, Ioannes Philippus de Lignamine miles Siculus salutem'].

[a6v] ‘Tabula huius libri secundum ordinem'. Incipit: ‘Herba Vettonica ...’ [a8v] ... Herba Mandragora ccxxxii.

[b1r] Apuleius [Madaurensis] Platonicus [pseudo-]: Exordium [dedicated to] ‘Marcus Agrippa'. ‘Exordium in Herbarium.’ Incipit: ‘[A]puleius Platonicus ex pluribus paucas uires herbarum et curationes corporum ...’ [b1v] Explicit: ‘... medicamina dicere piaculi genus existimavi transire effectus herbae vettonicae.’ Facsimile in The Herbal of Pseudo-Apuleius, ed. F. W. T. Hunger (Leiden, 1935), p. xxxi.

[b1v] Herbarium Apulei. Incipit: ‘Herba prima vettonica. Nomen herbae vettonica dicitur a Grecis Prionites . . .’ [o6v] Explicit: ‘... quod quidem multa operatur quoniam radix secundum quod humano corpori applicatur.’ Facsimile edition in The Herbal of Pseudo-Apuleius, ed. Hunger, 4-119; on pp. 125-61 synoptic editions of the text of the Codex Cassinensi, the editio princeps, and the text published in Antonii Musae De herba vettonica liber, Pseudo Apulei Herbarius, ed. E. Howald and H. E. Sigerist, Corpus medicorum latinorum, 4 (Leipzig, 1927); Thorndike–Kibre 117. The work of an unknown author based on the herbal of Dioscorides and later attached to the name of Apuleius Platonicus.


Imprint: [Rome]: Johannes Philippus de Lignamine, [c.1481-2]. 4°.

Secundo folio: [a3r] de virtutibus tuis mea in te pietas [BL copy]

Remarks: As dated by Hunger pp. xx, xxv, and BSB‑Ink; Sheppard dates [1483].


Collation: [a–n8 o6].

Remarks: Gathering [a] is of eight leaves, the first two blank, not as GW and BMC.

Illustrations: 132 woodcuts.


ISTC: ih00058000

GW: GW 2300;

Hain: H *1322; C 532 (var.);

Goff: Goff H‑58;

BMC: BMC IV 131 (var.);

Proctor: Pr 3962;

Others: BSB‑Ink H‑97; Sander 492; Sheppard 3137-8. Facsimile: ed. Hunger.

LCN: 12673085, 14268221


Copy number: H-036(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [a1].

There are two variant issues of this edition with differing letters of dedication and variants in the table of contents; see The Herbal of Pseudo-Apuleius, ed. Hunger, pp. xxviii–xxvix; this copy has the setting associated with copies containing the dedication to Giulio della Rovere.

Binding: Sixteenth-century blind-tooled half pigskin over wooden boards, partly covered with paper; catch and clasp lost. On both covers fillets form a border within which is a foliate roll; further fillets form the inner rectangle which is divided by further fillets into triangular compartments. Title in black ink on the upper cover and along the lower edge.

Size: 215 × 147 × 33 mm.

Size of leaf: 206 × 142 mm.

On [a]8v –[b]1r a contemporary note on Marcus Agrippa, on the desirability of a complete edition of Apuleius, and a claim that the printer has confused two separate prologues.

Provenance: Augsburg, Bavaria, Jesuits, S. Salvator; inscription on [a]1r: ‘Collegii S. J. Augustæ'. Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich, shelfmark ‘Inc. s.a. 178'; two stamps, one being the duplicate stamp on [a]1r. Purchased for £4. 14. 0; see Books Purchased (1859), 10.

SHELFMARK: 4° K 13 Med.

Copy number: H-036(2)

Wanting leaves [a1-5, 8], [d7], and the blank leaf [o6]; this copy has the setting associated with copies containing the dedication to Giulio della Rovere.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf. Spine damaged.

Size: 197 × 135 × 19 mm.

Size of leaf: 191 × 120 mm.

Occasional marginal scribbles in black ink and in pencil. Some English names for herbs are supplied in black ink on [a6v] in a nineteenth-century(?) hand. A leaf containing an index of herbs in manuscript in a nineteenth-century hand has been inserted to replace [a8].

Woodcuts coloured in green, orange, and red.

Provenance: Oxford, Radcliffe Library; book-plate; acquired by 1835: see interleaved copy of the Radcliffe Catalogue (1835), p. 229, with manuscript shelfmark ‘23.C.3.5'. Transferred to the Bodleian by the Radcliffe Trustees between 1861 and 1893.

Former Radcliffe shelfmarks: G.143.N.11; 23.C.3.5; 25.D.3.4; 87.E.19.


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