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Bod-Inc: L-007

Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus

Opera (ed. Angelus Sabinus).


Analysis of Content

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

[a2v] [Table of contents.] ‘Rubrice.’

[a12v] Antonius Raudensis: [Errata Lactantii.] A list of errors in the works of Lactantius; see L‑002.

[b2v] [Montaltus] Genuensis, Adam: [Verse censuring Antonius Raudensis.] Incipit: ‘Hic male corripuit stolidis Antonius ausis'; 4 elegiac distichs. See L‑003.

[b4r] Sabinus, Angelus: [Letter addressed to] Dominicus Dominici, Bishop of Brescia. Incipit: ‘[I]ndignum, reuerende domine, existimarem cum aliquod opus renouatur et in pristinam celebritatem . . .’

[b4v] Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De divinis institutionibus. Edited by Angelus Sabinus. Lactantius, Divinae institutiones, ed. Brandt, CSEL 19, 1-672. Sabinus records his work as editor in the letter to the Bishop of Brescia (see above).

[x3v] Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De ira dei [addressed to] Donatus. Lactantius, De ira dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 67-132.

[z4r] Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De opificio dei vel de formatione hominis [addressed to] Demetrianus. Lactantius, De opificio dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 3-64.

[B4v] Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De phoenice carmen. Lactantius, Opera omnia: 2/1: Carmen de ave phoenice, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 135-47.

[B7r] Ovidius [Naso, Publius]: Metamorphoses [extract]. Ov. Met. 15. 391-402.

[B7r] 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.

[B7r] Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius Firmianus] Firmianus [pseudo-; Fortunatus, Venantius]: ‘De resurrectionis dominice die.’ [Also known as De resurrectione Christi and Carmen de pascha; addressed to Bishop Felix.] ‘[S]alue festa dies toto uenerabilis euo | Qua deus infernum uicit et astra tenet'; 50 elegiac distichs. See L‑003.


Imprint: Rome: Ulrich Han and Simon Nicolai Chardella de Lucca, 12 Feb. 1474. Folio.


Collation: [a12 b16 c–l10 m n12 o–z10 A8 B10].


ISTC: il00006000

Hain: HC 9811;

Goff: Goff L‑6;


Proctor: Pr 3360;

Others: CIBN L‑6; Sheppard 2675-6.

LCN: 14450234


Copy number: L-007(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [a1].

Binding: Nineteenth-century English calf with gold-tooled spine; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 336 × 240 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 327 × 218 mm.

A marginal note on [b1r] in a seventeenth-century(?) hand; occasional pointing hands. Author and title in manuscript on the fore-edge.

Two- to six-line initials are supplied in red, blue, or interlocked red and blue; paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; capitals touched with yellow wash.

Provenance: Purchased for £5. 5. 0 from Harding and Lepard catalogue (1830), no. 2259; note on the recto of the front endleaf ‘purchased 1829'; see Library Bills (1829-30), no. 19; see Books Purchased (1829), 13.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O inf. 2.14.

Copy number: L-007(2)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [B10].

Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) parchment.

Size: 335 × 234 × 67 mm.

Size of leaf: 323 × 222 mm.

Occasional early marginal annotations. Manuscript foliation in pencil: 1-257.

On [b5r] a five-line Italian (Florentine?) initial ‘M' is supplied in blue, green, and pink, decorated with green, pink, and cream within the body of the letter, on a gold ground edged with black, and with foliate and floral extensions into the margin in pink, green, blue, and with gold dots and black pen-work; see Pächt and Alexander II, 108 no. pr. 43. Other two- to six-line epigraphic initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; running book numbers, and occasional running titles, supplied in red.

Provenance: Dimitrij Petrovich, Count Boutourlin (1763-1829); armorial book-plate and shelfmark no. 91; see catalogue (1831); sale, see catalogue (1839), lot 221. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); purchased from Anatole Claudin, catalogue (1895), no. 42486; slip from catalogue attached to the recto of the front endleaf; Elenchus, no. 1887. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. D 4.12.

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