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Bod-Inc: J-218

Josephus, Flavius

Antiquitates judaicae, et al.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Josephus, Flavius: Antiquitates judaicae. Latin translation traditionally ascribed to Tyrannius Rufinus; for a discussion of the translator see Franz Blatt, The Latin Josephus. I. Introduction and Text. The Antiquities: Books I‑V, Acta Jutlandica, Humanistisk Serie 44 (Copenhagen, 1958), 17-24. Incipit: ‘[H]istoriam conscribendis ponentibus non vnam nec eandem video eiusdem studij causam sed multas existere . . .’ Explicit: aliud prohibemur. Blatt 122-353 (books I–V only).

[v8r] [Verse] ‘Versus in Iosephum Antiquitatum.’ Incipit: ‘Iosephus hic scribit quod nunquam scema peribit. | Processus rerum sex incrementa dierum'; 7 hexameters.

[v8r] Eusebius [pseudo-; Sicardus Cremonensis]: ‘Commendaticia in Josephum in eo libro qui De ecclesiastica inscribitur historia.’ Incipit: ‘Opereprecium sane est post ista noscere quis fuerit hic Iosephus . . .’ An extract from Sicardus's Chronicon; PL CCXIII 456A.

[v8v] ‘De septem mirabilibus mundi.’ Incipit: ‘[S]eptem sunt miracula in mundo. Quorum primum est Capitolium Rome saluacio . . .’

[v8v] [First colophon.]

[A1r] Josephus, Flavius: De bello judaico. Incipit: ‘[Q]voniam bellum quod cum populo romano gessere iudei . . . [C]vm potentes Iudeorum inter se dissiderent . . .’ Latin translation traditionally ascribed to Tyrannius Rufinus; for a discussion of the translator see Blatt 17-24.

[I8v] ‘Versus in Iosephum Belli iudaici.’ Incipit: ‘Iudaicam guerram gentes vrbem sacra terram | Fine simul tristi pro sanguine perdita Cristi. | Iosephus iste meus prior edidit autor hebreus'; 3 hexameters.

[I8v] [Second colophon.]


Imprint: [Augsburg]: Johann Schüssler, 28 June 1470; 23 Aug. 1470. Folio.


Collation: [a–c10+1 d–q10 r8 s–t10 v8 A–G10 H–I8].


ISTC: ij00481000

Hain: HC *9451;

Goff: Goff J‑481;

BMC: BMC II 327;

Proctor: Pr 1589;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑615; CIBN J‑306; Oates 890; Sack, Freiburg, 2160; Sheppard 1174.

LCN: 14485383


Copy number: J-218(1)

Wanting gathering [B], the place of which is taken by a duplicate of gathering [H]. Gathering [r] is misbound after [m].

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled blue morocco; marbled pastedowns, gilt-edged leaves, azure silk book-mark; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 409 × 290 × 62 mm.

Size of leaf: 400 × 282 mm.

Manuscripts signatures in an early hand. A few marginal notes, correcting the text, in an early hand. ‘15.15' in the upper right-hand corner of front endleaf.

On [a2r] a ten-line initial ‘H' is supplied in blue with white pen-work decoration, on a square gold ground within a red and green segmented frame. Floral and foliate border is supplied in various colours and gold dots. At the beginning of each chapter, large initials are supplied in green or red, or sometimes blue, with red or green pen-work decoration. Other initials, paragraph marks, and underlining of chapter headings are supplied in red.

Provenance: Purchased for £15. 15. 0; see Books Purchased (1797), 1.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 1.15.

Copy number: J-218(2)

Bound with V‑139; see there for details of binding and provenance.

Leaf [t8] only, with Incipit, ‘imperium sibi defenderet . . .', and explicit ‘ . . . Sabinus autem unus interfectorum Gaii'.

Size of fragment: 360 × c.225 mm.

Paragraph marks are supplied in red.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q sub. fen. 1.4.

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