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Bod-Inc: L-002

Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus



Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Table of contents.] ‘Rubrice.’

[**1r] Antonius Raudensis: [Errata Lactantii.] See DBI III 574-6, at p. 577 on the version of the work as it appears in incunables; also David Rutherford, ‘A Finding List of Antonio da Rho's Works and Related Primary Sources', Italia medioevale e umanistica, 33 (1990), 75-108, at 78-81.

[a1r] Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De divinis institutionibus. Lactantius, Opera omnia: 1: Divinae institutiones, ed. Samuel Brandt, CSEL 19 (Prague, Vienna and Leipzig, 1890), 1-672.

[p1r] Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De ira dei [addressed to] Donatus. Lactantius, Opera omnia: 2/1: De ira dei, ed. Samuel Brandt, CSEL 27 (Prague, Vienna and Leipzig, 1893), 67-132.

[q5v] Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De opificio dei vel de formatione hominis [addressed to] Demetrianus. Lactantius, Opera omnia: 2/1: De opificio dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 3-64.


Imprint: Subiaco: [Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz], 29 Oct. 1465. Folio.


Collation: [*10 **2 a–e10 f12 g–n10 o12 p–r10].


ISTC: il00001000

Hain: HC *9806;

Goff: Goff L‑1;


Proctor: Pr 3288;

Others: BSB‑Ink L‑2; CIBN L‑1; Oates 1356; Sheppard 2595. Microfiche: Unit 9: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part III.

LCN: 14451015


Copy number: L-002(1)

For this copy see Printing Greek, no. 1.

Wanting gathering [**] containing the list of errors found in the works of Lactantius; the deficiency being made good in pen-and-ink facsimile, bound after gathering [r], with the first leaf being bound in reverse; wanting also the blank leaves [*10] and [r9-10]. Leaf [a1r] in the variant state as in the BMC second copy. The lower margins of the leaves in gatherings [*], [a–c], and [r] have been repaired.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco; marbled pastedowns; gilt-edged leaves; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 293 × 225 × 46 mm.

Size of leaf: 288 × 209 mm.

Some ‘nota' marks and pointing hands.

On [a1r] a six-line Italian (Roman, by 'the Master of the Barbo Missal') initial ‘M' is supplied in maroon and yellow with white pen-work, on a gold ground edged in black; within the body of the letter green vine-stem scrolling on a blue ground; foliate and floral extensions into the inner and upper margins in blue, green, black, maroon, and white, with gold dots, and a small bird in green and blue. Other similar principal five- and six-line initials are supplied in maroon, blue, yellow, and green with white pen-work, on a gold ground edged in black, floral and foliate decoration within the body of the letter in these colours, small extensions into the margins in green, blue, maroon, white, and black with gold dots; see Pächt and Alexander II 106, no. pr. 1; and, for the identification of the workshop, see now Martin Davies, 'From Mainz to Subiaco: Illumination of the First Italian Printed Books', in La Stampa romana nella citta dei papi e in Europa, ed. Cristina Dondi et al, CERL Papers XII, Studi e testi, 506 (Vatican, 2016), 9-42, listed at p. 42. Other one- to two-line initials are supplied in red or blue with pen-work decoration and extensions into the margins in red or purple; in the table of rubrics, paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; rubrics and chapter numbers in red, following the table of rubrics.

Provenance: Vincenzo Maria Carafa (1739-1814), 8th Prince of Roccella, of Messina; armorial book-plate lettered: ‘Ex libris Vinc. M. Kar. Ca. St. Pr. Amphiss' (see Gelli no. 130). Ralph Willett (1719-1795); catalogue of the library, p. 4; sale (6 Dec. 1813), lot 1371. William Roscoe (1753-1831); sale, lot 579. Purchased for £21; see Books Purchased (1817), 5, and Macray 302.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 3.33.

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