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Vitae sanctorum patrum [Italian], et al.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Preface.] Incipit: ‘[S]econdo che scriue sancto Gregorio alquanti se moueno . . .’

[a2r] Hieronymus: Vitae sanctorum patrum: Vita Malchi [Italian. Translated by Domenico Cavalca.] Incipit: ‘[C]oloro che ne la naual battaglia . . .’ Follows Hurter.

[a5r] Hieronymus: Vitae sanctorum patrum: Vita Pauli [Italian. Translated by Domenico Cavalca.] Incipit: ‘[A]l tempo de Decio e de Valleriano imperatori . . .’ Follows Hurter.

[a7v] [Athanasius]: Vitae sanctorum patrum: Vita Antonii [Italian. Translated into Latin by Evagrius, into Italian by Domenico Cavalca.] Incipit: ‘Antonio nato de nobili et religiosi parenti . . .’ Follows PL LXIII 127-68.

[c4r] Hieronymus: Vitae sanctorum patrum: Vita Hilarionis [Italian. Translated by Domenico Cavalca.] Incipit: ‘[I]larione nato de le contrade di Palestina di parenti . . .’ Similar to Hurter.

[d2v] Hieronymus [pseudo-; Timoteus(?)]: Vitae sanctorum patrum [Italian. Latin version by Tyrannius Rufinus, translated into Italian by Domenico Cavalca.] The lives are in the following order of ed. Schulz-Flügel: i, vii–ix, xi, xxi, xxviii–xxxii, ii–iv, vi, v. For the suggestion of Timoteus, archdeacon of Alessandria, as author see DBI XXII 580.

[f3r] ‘De Machario dalexandria'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uello sanctissimo Machario che fu prete in Alexandria uidi in quello luoco . . .’ Anonymous Latin version of Palladius, Historia Lausiaca, chs 6-7 and 13 placed here at the end of Vitae sanctorum patrum, bk 1: see DBI XXII 580.

[f6v] [Hieronymus pseudo-]; ‘Eradius' [pseudo-]: Vitae sanctorum patrum [bk 2]. ‘Paradiso'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uando prima andai in Alexandria cioe lo secondo . . .’ Anonymous Latin version of Palladius, Historia Lausiaca, known in the later tradition as Paradisus Heraclidis; here the author is Eradius.

[h7r] [Hieronymus pseudo-]: Vitae sanctorum patrum [bk 3]. Incipit: ‘[E]ra uno anticho monacho chauea nome Frontonio lo quale . . .’ expl: parete et cosi dormiua un puoco. Finis Adaptations from Pelagius, Pont. Max. (555-560), Johannes subdiaconus, and other material; see DBI XXII 580.

[o1r] [Hieronymus pseudo-]; Leontius, Bishop of Neapolis, Cyprus: Vitae sanctorum patrum bk 4. Incipit: ‘[E]ssendo io andato in Alexandria per fare la festa . . .’ Johannes, Bishop of Alexandria: ‘[E]ssendo io andato in Alexandria per fare la festa . . .', does not follow PL LXXIII 337-84; Abraham: ‘Lo sanctissimo Abraam essendo figliolo de parenti ricchissimi . . .', does not follow PL LXXIII 281-92; Eufrosina: ‘[F]ue ne la citta di Alexandria uno grande . . .'; Marina: ‘[Y!]no seculare essendogli morta la moglie . . .', follows PL LXXIII 691-4; Maria Egyptiaca: [F]ue in uno de monasterii di Palestina . . .', follows PL LXXIII 671-90; Pelagia: ‘[H]auendo il uescouo dantiochia per certi cagioni . . .’

[r5r] ‘De Thays meretrice.’ Incipit: ‘[N]e le contrate di Egypto fu una meretrice . . .’

[r7r] [Hieronymus pseudo-]: Vitae sanctorum patrum: bk 5. Incipit: ‘[G]loria et magnificentia sia al benigno dio . . . [P]oi dunque Theophilo, Sergio et Elchino spirati da dio . . .’ Extracts from Theophilus, Sergius, and Elchinus.

[u2v] [Marcus]: Visio Tnugdali [Italian]. ‘La uisione di Tantolo.’ Incipit: ‘[I]n quella prouincia de Hibernia si e una citta . . . e portome a quelli infiniti beni doue se sta . . .’ Apparently similar to edition of Vicenza, 1479; introduction printed in Visione di Tugdalo, ed. Francesco Corazzini (Bologna, 1872), pp. xxxix–xlviii. On the authorship see G‑201.

[x2r] Belcari, Feo: [Letter addressed to] Eganus of Bologna and the other Jesuats. Incipit: ‘[Q]uale debia essere la uita et regula de buoni serui . . .’

[x2r] Moschus, Johannes; [Everatus pseudo-]: Pratum spirituale [Italian. Translated into Latin by Ambrosius Traversari, and into Italian by Feo Belcari.] Incipit: ‘[L]a faccia de prati figliolo mio carissimo maximamente nel tempo . . .’ On Traversari and his translation see E. Mioni, ‘Le “Vitae Patrum” nella traduzione di Ambrogio Traversari', Aevum, 24 (1950), 319-31, with Belcari's Italian translation mentioned on 326-7, and Charles L. Stinger, Humanism and the Church Fathers: Ambrogio Traversari (1386-1439) and Christian Antiquity in the Italian Renaissance (Albany, NY, 1977), 127-8.

[D1r] [Table of contents.]


Imprint: [Venice: Gabriele di Pietro, not after 1474]. Folio.

Remarks: Ascription as Sheppard, on the basis of a comparison of the measurements of the type, which agrees exactly with that of Gabriele's Augustinus, De civitate Dei (Venice, 1475; A‑523); Sheppard dates [1475-8]. Polain ascribes to [Mantua: Paul de Butzbach]; Alfredo Cioni, Bibliografia de “Le Vite dei Santi Padri” volgarizzate da Fra Domenico Cavalca, Biblioteca degli eruditi e dei bibliofili, 73 (Florence, 1962), 24-6, class B, no. 7, ascribes to [Christoph Arnold, c.1480].


Collation: [a–i10 k8 l m10 n12 o–z A B10 C12 D8].

Types: Type: 80 G.

Leaves: 270 leaves, 1, 262(?), and 270 blank.

Line number: 46 lines ([a3r]).

Type area: Type area: 182 × 113 mm.


ISTC: ih00228300

Hain: CR 2968;

Proctor: not in Pr (Pr 4194 confuses this edition with Goff H‑224);

Others: Polain 4004; Sheppard 3373.

LCN: 14766321


Copy number: H-119(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [a1], also [a2], and gatherings [C] and [D].

Leaves in the added gathering [Pr 4357] repaired. The text of [a2] is supplied in pen and ink, and that of the penultimate gathering (the final gathering as the copy now stands) by [C1-9] of the edition printed by Antonio Micomini (Venice, 1476) [Pr 4357; Bod-inc. H‑120]. Sheppard notes that this copy is entered three times in Pr: (1) as Pr 4357 (but only the last gathering; see note above); (2) as Pr 4194 (the same type but differences in setting); (3) as Pr 6892A (attributed to [Mantua: Butzbach] following Reichling's mistaken attribution of the type).

Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) half brown morocco, with red paper boards and yellow-edged leaves. On the inside of the upper cover is a woodcut frontispiece from a different edition of the Vitae sanctorum patrum, printed before 1507, the date of a manuscript note.

Size: 264 × 188 × 53 mm.

Size of leaf: 260 × 177 mm.

On [a2r] a ten-line initial ‘S' and a seven-line initial ‘C' are supplied in gold, the ‘S' edged in red on a ground of red, blue, and green decorated with white, the ‘C' edged in blue on a ground of red and green. Other one- to eight-line epigraphic initials are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 155.

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