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Bod-Inc: L-158

Lucanus, Marcus Annaeus

Pharsalia, et al.


Analysis of Content

A1r [Epitaph of Lucan.] ‘Epitauium Lucani.’ Incipit: ‘Corduba me genuit, rapuit Nero, prelia dixi | Que gessere pares hinc socer, inde gener'; 2 elegiac distichs. See L‑150.

A2r Eolicus de Windesheim, Petrus: ‘In M. Annei Lucani Pharsaliam prefatio.’ Incipit: ‘M. Anneus Lucanus vir Beticus, poeta maximus, quem Papinius nedum Senece . . .’

A2v [Sulpitius Verulanus, Johannes Antonius]: ‘Argumentum in primum librum.’ Incipit: ‘Primus habet belli causas vtque actus ab ira | Precipiti Cesar Rubiconis transilit vndas'; 8 hexameters. There are ‘argumenta' for each book, except book 2, and those for books 4-10 are attributed to Johannes Sulpitius in the incunable edition.

A3r Lucanus, Marcus Annaeus: Pharsalia. Luc.

Nn7v Sulpitius [Verulanus, Johannes Antonius]: ‘Sulpitii carmina velut superioribus annectenda.’ Incipit: ‘Erexit mentem trepidi tam fortis imago | Et facturus erat memorandi nobile Lethi'; 11 hexameters.

Nn7v Sulpitius [Verulanus, Johannes Antonius]: ‘Querela de poete opere imperfecto.’ Incipit: ‘Hec cecinit vates scripturus plura sed illum | In medio cursu iussit mors dira silere'; 23 hexameters.


Imprint: [Leipzig]: Martin Landsberg, [before 30 Aug. 1496]. 4°.

Remarks: Sheppard dates [c.1492-5].


Collation: A–Z Aa–Mm6 Nn8.

Types: Types: 88 G, 156 G. Device a.

Leaves: 218 leaves.

Line number: 19 lines (A3v).

Type area: Type area: 143 ×79 mm (A3v).


ISTC: il00306000

Hain: HC Addenda, 10230; C 3652;

Goff: Goff L‑306;

Proctor: Pr 2993;

Others: BSB‑Ink L‑236; Oates 1291; Sheppard 2112.

LCN: 14500782


Copy number: L-158(1)

Binding: Contemporary German (Leipzig, Kyriß workshop no. 105) blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with two metal clasps and catches. On both covers intersecting triple fillets form concentric frames; within the inner frame is a repeated floral and foliate stamp (Kyriß pl. 213, no. 7). Further triple fillets form an inner rectangle with merrythoughts made up from headed-outline tools, each containing a fleuron (Kyriß pl. 213, no. 6). The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library is on both covers.

Size: 231 × 157 × 57 mm.

Size of leaf: 215 × 148 mm.

Copious early marginal and interlinear notes, in both red and black ink, the red hand mainly extracting key words; the black hand consisting mainly of lecture notes, also including ‘nota' marks and underlining in the text; the notes at the beginning of gathering A seem to have been washed, but in the rest of the book they are mostly in one hand, that of a Leipzig student, who owned the book in 1499; on Nn7r is an inscription by him: ‘In die Mercurii post festum sancti Egidii in quem magister Johannes Cubitensis summo studio in calcem vsque deduxit 1499'; for Johannes de Cubito see Die Matrikel der Universität Leipzig . . . II. Die Promotionen von 1409-1559, ed. Georg Erler, 370, and passim. On A1v is a life of Lucanus, with incipit, ‘Marcus Anneus Lucanus patrem habuit Marcus Anneus Mela . . .', written in a sixteenth-century hand, and apparently a variation of the ‘Vita' by Vacca. On Nn8v a note in a sixteenth-century hand on Nebuchadnezzar and the Temple in Jerusalem. Also bibliographical notes by Kloß.

One- to three-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; headlines supplied in red; the text is enclosed within a single red rule in gatherings A–G; capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: An unnamed Leipzig undergraduate, who owned the book in 1499 and followed the lectures of Johannes de Cubito; see above. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); manuscript notes (see above). Purchased for £4. 4. 0; see Books Purchased (1826), 11.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 5.42.

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