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Josephus, Flavius

Antiquitates judaicae, et al.


Analysis of Content

a2r Josephus, Flavius: Antiquitates judaicae. Incipit: ‘[H]istoriam conscribere disponentibus non vnam nec eandem uideo eiusdem studii causam sed multas existere . . .’ Explicit: aliud prohibemur.

a2v ‘Capitula'. Incipit: ‘De creatione caeli et terrae et de operibus . . .’ Each book is preceded by a table of capitula.

a3r Josephus, Flavius: Antiquitates judaicae. Incipit: ‘[I]n principio creauit Deus celum et terram. Sed dum terra ad aspectum non ueniret et profunditate . . .’ Blatt 122-353 (books I–V only); a differing version of the translation from the preceding editions.

y5r Squarzaficus, Hieronymus: ‘Vita Josephi'. Addressed to Reynaldus de Novimagio, the printer. Allenspach–Frasso 279-81.

A2r Josephus, Flavius: De bello judaico. Incipit: ‘[Q]voniam bellum quod cum Romanis gessere Iudei . . . [C]vm potentes iudeorum inter se dissiderent . . .’ Explicit: que scripsi habuerim coniecturam. See J‑218.

L1r Josephus, Flavius: De Antiquitate judaica contra Apionem. See J‑221.

M5v Hieronymus [Stridonensis]: [Extract from Epistolae.] Incipit: ‘Iosephus antiquitatem approbans Iudaici populi duos libros scriptos contra Apionem . . .’ Explicit: bibliothecam euoluerit. See J‑221.


Imprint: Venice: Johannes Rubeus Vercellensis, for Octavianus Scotus, 23 Oct. 1486. Folio.


Collation: a10 b–x8 y6 A–L8 M6.


ISTC: ij00486000

Hain: HC *9454;

Goff: Goff J‑486;

BMC: BMC V 415;

Proctor: Pr 5118;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑618; CIBN J‑310; Hillard 1163; Oates 2011; Rhodes 1043; Sack, Freiburg, 2162; Sheppard 4111.

LCN: 14487027


Copy number: J-223(1)

Wanting the blank leaves a1 and M6.

Heading on a2 as Hain, not as BMC; l. 2: ‘ . . . LATI | NVM . . . PRESBYTERVM . . . AQV | ILEIENSEM . . .’

Binding: Nineteenth-century calf; yellow-edged leaves; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Manuscript author's name across the fore-edge and along the lower edge.

Size: 315 × 210 × 42 mm.

Size of leaf: 307 × 202 mm.

Marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in a contemporary humanist hand. A few notes, also extracting key words, in two different later hands. Running chapter numbers in the upper margin of the rectos.

Provenance: Würzburg, Bavaria, Conventual Franciscans, Inventio crucis/Sancta crux; inscription on a2r: ‘Ad Bibliothecam Fratrum Minorum Conuentualium Sancti Francisci Herbipoli.' Sotheby's sale (3 May 1832), lot 511; purchased for £0. 11. 0; see Library Bills (1829-32), no. 364; Books Purchased (1832), 13.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 3.6.

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