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Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus



Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v [Table of contents.] ‘Rubricae.’

a4r Antonius Raudensis: [Errata Lactantii.] A list of errors in the works of Lactantius; see L‑002.

a4v ‘Quomodo legendi sint libri Lactantii.’ Incipit: ‘Lactantius quem nostri propter eloquentiam plurimum laudant tam in libri . . .’

a4v Hieronymus: [Extracts from De viris illustribus and Interpretatio Chronicae Eusebii.] ‘In libro de illustrium uirorum.’ PL XXII 585 with PL XXVII 669, with variations.

a4v Hieronymus: [Extract from De viris illustribus.] ‘In eodem libro.’ PL XXII 606, 748, and 668 with variations.

a4v Hieronymus: [Extract from De viris illustribus.] ‘In eodem libro.’ PL XXIII 687-9.

a4v [Brunus] Aretinus, Leonardus: [Extract from letter addressed to] Constantia Sforza. Incipit: ‘Maxime uero inter omnes qui de Christiana religione . . .’

a5r Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De divinis institutionibus. Lactantius, Divinae institutiones, ed. Brandt, CSEL 19, 1-672.

i1v Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De ira dei [addressed to] Donatus. Lactantius, De ira dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 67-132.

i7r Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De opificio dei vel de formatione hominis [addressed to] Demetrianus. Lactantius, De opificio dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 3-64.

k5v Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De phoenice carmen. Lactantius, Opera omnia: 2/1: Carmen de ave phoenice, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 135-47.

k6r Ovidius [Naso, Publius]: Metamorphoses [extract]. Ov. Met. 15. 391-402.

k6r Dante [Alighieri: La commedia: Inferno xxv, lines 106-11]. Incipit: ‘[C]ossi per li gran saui se confessa | Che la phœnice muore e poi renasce'; 6 lines of verse. Dante, La commedia. 2. Inferno, ed. Petrocchi, 411-12.

k6r Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus [pseudo-; Fortunatus, Venantius]: ‘De die resurrectionis.’ [Also known as De resurrectione Christi and Carmen de pascha; addressed to Bishop Felix.] ‘[S]alue festa dies toto uenerabilis aeuo | Qua deus infernum uicit et astra tenet'; 50 elegiac distichs. See L‑003.

k6v [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Arguit hic hominum sectas Lactantius omnes | Septeno falsas codice uera docens'; 5 elegiac distichs. See L‑005.

k6v Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: Epitome divinarum institutionum [chs 51-68]. ‘Nephythomon Lactantii Firmiani.’ Lactantius, Epitome, ed. Heck and Wlosok, 75-117.

k8v Tertullianus, Quintus Septimus Florentius: Apologeticus adversus gentes. Tertullianus, Apologeticus, ed. Alexander Souter (Aberdeen, 1926), 5-92.

l10r [Colophon.]

l10r ‘Tabula Tertuliani.’


Imprint: Venice: Bonetus Locatellus, for Octavianus Scotus, 11 Oct. 1494. Folio.


Collation: a–k8 l10.

Illustrations: Woodcut capitals.


ISTC: il00012000

Hain: H *9817;

Goff: Goff L‑12;

BMC: BMC V 443;

Proctor: Pr 5056;

Others: BSB‑Ink L‑11; CIBN L‑12; Rhodes 1071; Sack, Freiburg, 2206; Sheppard 4213.

LCN: 14452708


Copy number: L-013(1)

Binding: Nineteenth-century English blind-tooled calf; bound for the Bodleian Library, and with the gold stamp of the Library on both covers.

Size: 335 × 223 × 18 mm.

Size of leaf: 326 × 212 mm.

On the recto of the front endleaf a note about Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester (1485?-1555) in a sixteenth-century hand (incipit: ‘Hugo Latimer preclarus Christi antistes acer prudens doctus in adversis . . .'), also two other notes, both written in hands of about the same date, one on the difficulty of understanding god without divine intervention, beginning, ‘Philosophi quesierunt veritatem eam tamen reperire non poterant . . .', the other on the value of reading poetry, beginning ‘Lectiones poetarum sunt certe quod simul narrant historiam magnorum virorum . . .' Notes on l10v: one in a sixteenth-century hand, on the difficulty of understanding God without divine intervention, with incipit, ‘Inuenire homunculi falsum possunt et deprehendere . . .'; 13 hexameters written in a sixteenth/seventeenth-century hand, entitled ‘Mihi frigidus horror', with incipit ‘Membra quatit gelidus coit formidine sanguis | Tum vero ancipiti mentem formidine pressus'; and 2 lines of verse written in a sixteenth-century(?) hand: ‘Et mihi res non me rebus submittere conor | Doctrina sordet cum te tua vita remordet'. On the verso of the back endleaf: a note on the story of Hippolytus written in a sixteenth-century hand, with incipit, ‘Hyppolitus Thesei filius ex Hyppolita Amazona celebs venator . . .'; copious early marginal and interlinear notes, in several hands; some in red ink, including comments on and corrections to the text, extraction of key words, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands, also underlining in the text.

Provenance: Hugo (Hugh) Dacre (†1509); signature on a1r: ‘Hugo Dacre'. Thomas Fabyon (†1542); inscription on the verso of the back endleaf: ‘Thom[a]s Fabjonn est possessor huius libri'. Thurstan Barton (fl. 1549-1553); inscription on the recto of the front endleaf: ‘Thurstan Barton ow[e]the this boke'. Edward Asheton (sixteenth century); signature on a1r: ‘Edward Asheton'. Nathaniel Crynes (1686-1745); stamp on a2r, and l9r. Bequeathed in 1745.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 3.33.

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