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Bod-Inc: L-156

Lucanus, Marcus Annaeus



Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Vacca]: ‘M. Annei Lucani vita ex commentario antiquissimo.’ See L‑151.

[*2r] [Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius: Vita Lucani.] ‘Ex dimidiato codice particula ad poetae huius uitam pertinens sumpta.’ Suet. Poet., ending imperfectly; see L‑151.

[*2v] Martialis, [Marcus Valerius: Epigrammaton.] Mart. 1. 61.

[*2v] Martialis, [Marcus Valerius: Epigrammaton.] Mart. 7. 21.

[*2v] Statius, Papinius: Silvae. ‘Genethliacon Lucani ad polam argentariam carissimam poetae uxorem ex secundo Syluarum.’ Stat. Silv. 2. 7.

[*4v] Tacitus, [Publius Cornelius: Note based on Tac. Ann. 15. 48-9.] ‘Apud Cornelium Tacitum legitur.’ Incipit: ‘Consulibus Sylio Nerua et Attico Vestino coniurationem in Neronem coeptam . . .’ See also L‑094.

a1r [Epitaph of Lucan.] Incipit: ‘Corduba me genuit, rapuit Nero, prœlia dixi | Quæ gessere pares hinc socer, inde gener'; 2 elegiac distichs. See L‑150.

a1r Lucanus, Marcus Annaeus: Pharsalia. Luc.


Imprint: [Verona: Giovanni and Alberto Alvise, c.1479-80]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated by Sheppard; CIBN dates [c.1479].


Collation: [*4] a–n8 o p6.


ISTC: il00298000

Hain: HC 10228;

Goff: Goff L‑298;


Proctor: Pr 6917;

Others: CIBN L‑233; Sheppard 5694-5.

LCN: 14500839


Copy number: L-156(1)

Wanting the blank leaf p6.

Binding: English gold-tooled diced russia (c.1796); bound for the Bodleian Library; marbled pastedowns, gauffered edges; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 306 × 211 × 27 mm.

Size of leaf: 298 × 195 mm.

Heavily washed marginal and interlinear notes, which are now hardly visible.

On a1r a six-line initial ‘B' is supplied in faded blue(?), with decoration within the body of the letter in red, and two other four-line initials are supplied in red, with decoration within the body of each letter in faded blue(?); on c5r a five-line initial ‘P' is supplied in faded blue; two paragraph marks, one on a1r is supplied in faded blue(?), the other, on [*4v], is supplied in red.

Provenance: James Edwards; A Catalogue of Books in All Languages and in Every Branch of Literature Collected from Various Parts of Europe . . . (London, 1796), no. 11, listed for £8. 8. 0. Purchased for £8. 8. 0; see Books Purchased (1796), 2, and the price written in pencil on the recto of the front endleaf.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O 2.16.

Copy number: L-156(2)

Wanting the blank leaf p6.

Binding: Eighteenth-century pasteboards covered in gold-tooled red paper, with gold-tooled red morocco spine. Given that the binding does not fit, it may be a remboîtage; see also the description of the Heber copy below.

Size: 294 × 192 × 25 mm.

Size of leaf: 285 × 177 mm.

Three- to six-line initials are supplied in black ink, probably by Jacobus de Arcangelis.

Provenance: Jacobus de Arcangelis Placentinus (sixteenth century?); name on p5v. Perhaps the copy purchased by Heber for £12. 12. 0, according to the price in red ink in Heber's sale catalogue. Richard Heber (1773-1833)(?); see Catalogue, 6 (1835), lot 2390, sold for £4. 14. 6, but described as being bound in green morocco, by Lewis. Purchased for £4. 14. 6; see Books Purchased (1835), 18.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 3.19.

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