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Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus



Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Table of contents.] ‘Rubrice.’

[a10r] Antonius Raudensis: [Errata Lactantii.] A list of errors in the works of Lactantius; see L‑002.

[a12r] [Montaltus] Genuensis, Adam: [Verse censuring Antonius Raudensis.] Incipit: ‘Hic male corripuit stolidis Antonius ausis'; 4 elegiac distichs. See L‑003.

[b1r] ‘Quomodo legendi sint libri Lactantii.’ Incipit: ‘Lactantius quem nostri propter eloquentiam plurimum laudant tam in libri . . .’

[b1r] Hieronymus: [Extracts from De viris illustribus and Interpretatio Chronicae Eusebii.] ‘In libro de illustrium uirorum.’ PL XXII 585 with PL XXVII 669, with variations.

[b1r] Hieronymus: [Extract from De viris illustribus.] ‘In eodem libro.’ PL XXII 606, 748, and 668 with variations.

[b1v] Hieronymus: [Extract from De viris illustribus.] ‘In eodem libro.’ PL XXIII 687-9.

[b1v] [Brunus] Aretinus, Leonardus: [Extract from letter addressed to] Constantia Sforza. Incipit: ‘Maxime uero inter omnes qui de Christiana religione . . .’ not found in 1741 ed.’

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

[v3v] Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De ira dei [addressed to] Donatus. Lactantius, De ira dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 67-132.

[y2r] Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De opificio dei vel de formatione hominis [addressed to] Demetrianus. Lactantius, De opificio dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 3-64.

[z8r] [Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De phoenice carmen.] Lactantius, Opera omnia: 2/1: Carmen de ave phoenice, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 135-47.

[z10r] Ovidius [Naso, Publius]: Metamorphoses [extract]. Ov. Met. 15. 391-402.

[z10r] Dante [Alighieri: La commedia: Inferno xxv, lines 106-11]. Incipit: ‘[C]ossi per li gran saui se confessa | Chella phenice muore e poi renasce'; 6 lines of verse. Dante, La commedia. 2. Inferno, ed. Petrocchi, 411-12.

[z10r] [Fortunatus, Venantius: De resurrectione Christi. Also known as Carmen de pascha; addressed to Bishop Felix.] Incipit: ‘[S]alue festa dies toto uenerabilis aeuo | Qua deus infernum uicit et astra tenet'; 50 elegiac distichs. See L‑003.

[z12v] [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Arguit hic hominum sectas Lactantius omnes | Septeno falsas codice uera docens'; 5 elegiac distichs.

[z12v] [Verse colophon.] Incipit: ‘Impressum formis iustoque nitore coruscans | Hoc Vindelinus condidit artis opus'; 1 elegiac distich.


Imprint: [Venice]: Vindelinus de Spira, 1472. Folio.


Collation: [a b12 c10 d–y8 z12].


ISTC: il00005000

Hain: HC *9810;

Goff: Goff L‑5;

BMC: BMC V 160;

Proctor: Pr 4040;

Others: BSB‑Ink L‑5; CIBN L‑5; Oates 1612; Rhodes 1067; Sheppard 3215.

LCN: 14450135


Copy number: L-006(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [a1].

Binding: French gold-tooled mottled calf, c.1800, by Mouillié (fl. 1797-1803), with his ticket; Ramsden, French Bookbinders, 144; marbled pastedowns, gilt-edged leaves; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 336 × 241 × 52 mm.

Size of leaf: 327 × 220 mm.

Copious early marginal notes in one fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand, including comments on the text, extraction of key words, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands. Irregular manuscript foliation: 1-195.

On [b2r] a six-line Italian (Venice) initial ‘M' is supplied in maroon decorated with white on a grey ground edged in black, with green vine scrolling within the body of the letter, and with foliate extensions into the margin in green, blue, maroon, and white. The extensions link into a full foliate and floral border in black pen-work, green, blue, maroon, gold, and white; in the lower margin a coat of arms, quarterly or (1,3) and azure (2,4) flanked by ‘FR' and ‘FO', both with marks above, and all within a green laurel wreath; in the upper margin the ‘IHS' monogram; see Pächt and Alexander II, 115 no. pr. 154. Other one- to six-line initials, with red pen-work decoration and extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Unidentified Carmelite house; partly cancelled and erased inscription on [a2r] in a sixteenth/seventeenth-century hand: ‘Bibliothece Carmel[ ] [ ] sancti B[ ] C[ ]'. Unidentified coat of arms with initials ‘FR' and ‘FO'; see note, above. George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); sale (1821), lot 176; purchased for £4. 4. 0; see Books Purchased (1821), 9 and the annotated sale catalogue.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 1.17.

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