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Bod-Inc: H-049

Hermes Trismegistus

De potestate et sapientia Dei.


Analysis of Content

[a1v] Hermes Trismegistus: [Preface addressed to the reader.] Kristeller, Supplementum Ficinianum, I 96. On this edition see K. H. Dannenfeldt, ‘Hermetica Philosophica', CTC I 138-40, no. I/1, and Kristeller, Supplementum Ficinianum, I lvii, no. a 1.

[a1v] [Colophon.]

[a2r] Ficinus, Marsilius: ‘Argumentum.’ Incipit: ‘[E]o tempore quo Moyses natus est, floruit Athlas astrologus . . .’

[a5r] Hermes Trismegistus: De potestate et sapientia Dei. [Also known as Pimander.] Translated by Marsilius Ficinus. Incipit: ‘[C]um de rerum natura cogitarem ac mentis aciem ad superna . . .’ See K. H. Dannenfeldt, CTC I 138-9.


Imprint: Treviso: Gerardus de Lisa, de Flandria, 18 Dec. 1471. 8°.


Collation: [a–d10 e f8].


ISTC: ih00077000

Hain: HR 8456;

Goff: Goff H‑77;

BMC: BMC VI 883, XII 64;

Proctor: Pr 6458;

Others: CIBN H‑45; Rhodes, Treviso, no. 5; Sheppard 5487-8.

LCN: 14509352


Copy number: H-049(1)

On [a1v], l.16: ‘FRAH', not ‘FRAN', as BMC. Gatherings [d] and [e] are bound after gathering [a].

Binding: Sixteenth/seventeenth-century parchment; gold-tooled spine; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 182 × 130 × 19 mm.

Size of leaf: 175 × 126 mm.

Some early corrections to the text and occasional ‘nota' marks. Catchwords are supplied in black ink in an eighteenth-century(?) hand in those gatherings which are misbound.

On [a2r] a four-line initial ‘E' is supplied in blue with black and brown pen-work decoration and infill; other two- and three-line initials are supplied in black and brown ink.

Provenance: Purchased for £1. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1819), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 4.33.

Copy number: H-049(2)

On [a1v], l. 16: ‘FRAH', not ‘FRAN', as BMC.

Binding: Quarter parchment with paper boards.

Size: 220 × 148 × 18 mm.

Size of leaf: 214 × 142 mm.

Early marginal notes, some apparently in the hand of Marcus Mauritius Andreius, mainly extracting key words and phrases, also pointing hands, and ‘nota' marks, some in red ink. Signatures are supplied in faded black ink. Annotations and bibliographical notes on the front endleaf by Michael Wodhull.

Partial rubrication: on [a2r] a four-line initial ‘C' is supplied in red, with brown pen-work infill and decoration extending into the inner margin, partly coloured in blue and orange; on [a5r] a four-line initial ‘C' is supplied in red; some paragraph marks are supplied in red, with brown ink pen-work decoration, or red and blue; some capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Marcus Mauritius Andreius (fifteenth/sixteenth century); inscriptions on [a1r]: ‘Codex Marci Mauritii Andrei', and on [a1v]: ‘Marci Mauritii Andrei'. Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); see Morelli (1787), I no. 1294, with ‘1294' in black ink on front pastedown; sale (1789), lot 6205; marked down to Wodhull for £3. 4. 0 in the annotated catalogue; note in Wodhull's hand. Michael Wodhull (1740-1816); inscription on the recto of the front endleaf: ‘Pinelli Auction. £3:4= M. Wodhull Apr. 14th 1789'; on rear pastedown: ‘a. ed. May 30th 1800'. Anonymous sale (12 Apr. 1899), lot 328. George Dunn (1865-1912); purchased Apr. 1899; printed book-label; sale, Feb. 1914, lot 1183. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); purchased at Dunn sale for £6. 10. 0, according to a note on the cutting from the sale catalogue attached to the front endleaf; Elenchus, no. 1605a. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. O 1.22.

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