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Bod-Inc: L-004

Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus



Analysis of Content

[a2r] Bussis, Johannes Andreas de: [Letter addressed to] Paulus II, Pont. Max. Bussi 48.

[a2v] [Table of contents.] ‘Rubrice.’

[a11v] Antonius Raudensis: [Errata Lactantii.] A list of errors in the works of Lactantius; see L‑002.

[b1r] [Montaltus] Genuensis, Adam: [Verse censuring Antonius Raudensis.] Incipit: ‘Hic male corripuit stolidis Antonius ausis'; 4 elegiac distichs. See L‑003.

[b2r] Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De divinis institutionibus. Lactantius, Divinae institutiones, ed. Brandt, CSEL 19, 1-672.

[t4r] Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De ira dei [addressed to] Donatus. Lactantius, De ira dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 67-132.

[x1v] [Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De opificio dei vel de formatione hominis addressed to] Demetrianus. Lactantius, De opificio dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 3-64.

[y7r] [Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De phoenice carmen.] Lactantius, Opera omnia: 2/1: Carmen de ave phoenice, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 135-47.

[y9v] Ovidius [Naso, Publius]: Metamorphoses [extract]. Ov. Met. 15. 391-402.

[y9v] Dante [Alighieri: La commedia: Inferno xxv, lines 106-11]. Incipit: ‘[C]ossi per li gram(!) saui se confessa | Chella phenice muore e poi renasce'; 6 lines of verse. Dante, La commedia. 2. Inferno, ed. Petrocchi, 411-12.

[y10r] [Fortunatus, Venantius: De resurrectione Christi. Also known as Carmen de pascha; addressed to Bishop Felix.] Incipit: ‘[S]alue festa dies toto uenerabilis euo | Qua deus infernum uicit et astra tenet'; 50 elegiac distichs. See L‑003.

[y12r] [Verse colophon.] Incipit: ‘Aspicis illustris lector quicunque libellos | Si cupis artificum nomina nosse lege'; 8 elegiac distichs.


Imprint: Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [not after 30 Aug.] 1470. Folio.


Collation: [a12 b–x10 y12].


ISTC: il00003000

Hain: HCR 9808;

Goff: Goff L‑3;


Proctor: Pr 3313;

Others: CIBN L‑3; Hillard 1179; Sheppard 2621. Microfiche: Unit 9: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part III.

LCN: 14450186


Copy number: L-004(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [y12].

The later form of r is found in the final gathering and in the prefatory matter, which was probably printed last (not noted by BMC). The lower portion of leaf [b2] torn away, with slight loss of text. Many pressed dried flowers throughout the book.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco, with marbled pastedowns, gilt-edged leaves; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Scars of index tabs on [t3] and [x1].

Size: 330 × 234 × 51 mm.

Size of leaf: 318 × 207 mm.

Occasional marginal annotations, including ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands, also underlining in the text in black ink. Pen-trials on [y11v]. On the verso of the front endleaf a bibliographical manuscript note signed by A. Cornelli.

On [b2r] a six-line Italian late(?) fifteenth-century initial ‘M' is supplied in gold on a grey ground edged in black and decorated with lozenges defined in black and white, and with a floral and foliate border in green, maroon, red, gold, grey and black, in the lower part of which is a green bird with red beak and feet; see Pächt and Alexander II, 115 no. pr. 151; other two- to eight-line initials, some epigraphic, some with extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in alternate red and blue. Book numbers in the upper margins in black ink.

Provenance: Fermo, Marche, Dominicans; inscriptions on [a2r]: ‘Est conuentus sancti Dominici de Firmo or. pre. 1589'; and on [y11v]: ‘Iste liber est conuentus sancti Dominici de Firmo'. A. Cornelli (fl. after 1783/9); manuscript note (see above). Purchased for £5. 5. 0; see Books Purchased (1789), 1.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 4.9.

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