Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus
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a2r [Table of contents.] ‘Rubricae.’
a9r Antonius Raudensis: [Errata Lactantii.] A list of errors in the works of Lactantius; see L‑002.
a10v [Montaltus] Genuensis, Adam: [Verse censuring Antonius Raudensis.] Incipit: ‘Hic male corripuit stolidis Antonius ausis'; 4 elegiac distichs. See L‑003.
b1r Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De divinis institutionibus. Lactantius, Divinae institutiones, ed. Brandt, CSEL 19, 1-672.
u5r Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De ira dei [addressed to] Donatus. Lactantius, De ira dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 67-132.
y4v Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De opificio dei vel de formatione hominis [addressed to] Demetrianus. Lactantius, De opificio dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 3-64.
&5v [Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De phoenice carmen.] Lactantius, Opera omnia: 2/1: Carmen de ave phoenice, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 135-47.
&8r Ovidius [Naso, Publius]: Metamorphoses [extract]. Ov. Met. 15. 391-402.
&8r Dante [Alighieri: La commedia: Inferno xxv, lines 106-11]. Incipit: ‘[C]ossi per li gran saui se confessa | Chella phoeenice(!) muore e poi renasce'; 6 lines of verse. Dante, La commedia. 2. Inferno, ed. Petrocchi, 411-12.
&8r [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.
ꝶ1v Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: Epitome divinarum institutionum [chs 51-68]. ‘Nephythomon Lactantii Firmiani.’ Lactantius, Epitome, ed. Heck and Wlosok, 75-117.
ꝶ9r [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Arguit hic hominum sectas Lactantius omnes | Septeno falsas codice uera docens'; 5 elegiac distichs. See L‑005.
Imprint: Venice: Andreas de Paltasichis and Boninus de Boninis, 12 Mar. 1479. Folio.
Remarks: The date in the colophon is printed ‘1478'. As Mocenigo did not become Doge until 18 May 1478, BMC suggests that one ‘I' was missed out of the date.
Collation: a10 b–d8 e10 f–m M8 N6 n–r8 s t6 u x8 y6 z &8 ꝶ10.
Hain: HC *9813;
Goff: Goff L‑8;
BMC: BMC V 251;
Proctor: Pr 4425;
Others: BSB‑Ink L‑8; CIBN L‑9; Sheppard 3560-1.
Copy number: L-010(1)
Wanting &4.5, in place of which is bound a duplicate of ꝶ5.6.
Sheet i1.8 is also in duplicate. Leaf ꝶ9r, colophon: ‘ . . . imprſſeerunt . . .', not as BMC.
Binding: Mid-sixteenth-century French gold-tooled brown morocco, with gauffered edges. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the upper cover. On both covers fillets form a frame, inside which is foliate decoration in gilt; the spine bears the same decoration. The upper cover is lettered in gilt ‘LACTANTII | FIRMIANI | DIVINARUM | INSTITV= | TIONUM. | LIBRI.' The lower cover bears the monogram ‘TDM' of Thomas Mahieu, for whom the book was bound (the monogram is what Hobson describes as the ‘first monogram': see Hobson, Cambridge Libraries, 84-5). The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on leather is on the inside of the upper cover. The binding is reproduced in I. Philip, Gold-tooled Bookbindings, Bodleian Picture Books, 2 (Oxford, 1951), pl. 9; see also Fine bindings 1500-1700 from Oxford Libraries: Catalogue of an Exhibition (Oxford, 1968), 44 no. 77 with description, references, and notes of provenance; Hobson, Cambridge Libraries, 84, no. 6, and Frederick B. Adams, ‘Maioli's Mottoes and Monograms', Festschrift Otto Schäfer zum 75. Geburtstag am 29. Juni 1987, ed. Manfred von Arnim (Stuttgart, 1987), 451-9, at 458. For other books bound for Mahieu see Hobson, Cambridge Libraries, 84-5, G. D. Hobson, Maioli, Canevari and others (London, 1926), 37-111, and also Adams, passim.
Size: 304 × 205 × 45 mm.
Size of leaf: 294 × 196 mm.
Various prayers: ‘Adiuua me Domine et saluus ero' on a1r; ‘Deus in nomine tuo saluum me fac' on a2r, in the same fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand as the previous item; ‘Dirupisti Domine uincula mea' on a2r, in a second fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand. Early marginal annotations, including comments on the text, ‘nota' marks and pointing hands.
On b1r a five-line French initial ‘M' is supplied in blue with white decoration on a gold ground edged in black, with the body of the letter containing floral decoration in red, blue, and white, and with a quarter floral and foliate border in green, red, blue, gold, and black pen-work; other principal four- to six-line initials are supplied in gold on a red ground decorated in black or a blue ground decorated in white, and with the body of the letter decorated in blue and white or red and black; other one- to four-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.
Provenance: Thomas Mahieu (Maiolus) († after 1584); monogram on the lower cover. Edward Bernard (1638-1697); Wanley's list, p. 3, no. 223, with the date given as 1478. Among the books purchased in 1697 from Bernard's widow.
Former Bodleian shelfmarks: M 10. 7 Th.; O 3. 11 Th.
SHELFMARK: Auct. N 4.11.
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