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Bod-Inc: L-160

Lucanus, Marcus Annaeus

Pharsalia (comm. Omnibonus Leonicenus).


Analysis of Content

a1v [Vacca]: ‘M. Annei Lucani vita ex commentario antiquissimo.’ See L‑151.

a1v [Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius: Vita Lucani.] ‘Ex dimidiato codice particula ad poetae huius uitam pertinens sumpta.’ Suet. Poet., ending imperfectly; see L‑151.

a1v Tacitus, [Publius Cornelius: Note based on Tac., Ann. 15.48-9.] ‘Apud Cornelium Tacitum legitur.’ Incipit: ‘Consulibus Syluio Nerua et Attico Vestino coniurationem in Neronem caeptam . . .’ see also L‑094.

a2r Omnibonus Leonicenus: In Lucanum commentum. Incipit: ‘  “[B]ella per aemathios plusquam ciuilia campos”, et caetera. In exponendis auctoribus haec omnia libanda sunt: libri titulus . . .’

a2r [Epitaph of Lucan.] Incipit: ‘Corduba me genuit, rapuit Nero, praelia dixi | Quae gessere pares hinc socer, inde gener'; 2 elegiac distichs. See L‑150.

a2r Lucanus, Marcus Annaeus: Pharsalia. Luc.


Imprint: Venice: Nicolaus Battibovis, 13 May 1486. Folio.


Collation: a–x8 y z &6.


ISTC: il00302000

Hain: HC *10238;

Goff: Goff L‑302;

BMC: BMC V 405;

Proctor: Pr 5106;

Others: BSB‑Ink L‑232; CIBN L‑237; Rhodes 1108; Sheppard 4086.

LCN: 14500756


Copy number: L-160(1)

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf; marbled paper boards; bound for Kloß, and with the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. ‘15 F' written on the fore-edge in black ink.

Size: 298 × 216 × 28 mm.

Size of leaf: 290 × 205 mm.

Some early marginal annotations, including comments on the text, and extraction of key words, also underlining in the text in black ink.

Provenance: Johannes Clavius (fifteenth century?); inscription on a1r: ‘Sum Joannis Claui'. Matheus Marschalck (1458-1541?); inscriptions in German and in Latin on a1r: ‘Mein herr doctor Matheus Marschalck von Pappenheim und Biberach Chorherr in Augspurg hat mir unuerdient das Buch geschenckt'; ‘15-6 Dominus doctor Matheus Marosalicus de Pappenheim et Biberach canonicus Augustæ uir miræ liberalitatis me hoc libro condonauit'. Nicolaus Wagner (sixteenth century); received the book from Marschalck, and wrote the above inscription, and that on a1r: ‘Lucanus ist Niclaussen Wagners zu Hochstet'. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; sale (1835), lot 2625; purchased for £0. 5. 6; see Books Purchased (1835). 18.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 4.24.

Copy number: L-160(2)

Binding: Contemporary Netherlandish (Louvain, Ludovicus Ravescot, c.1473-1501) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with two metal clasps and catches. On both covers intersecting quadruple fillets form a frame inside which is a rosette stamp (A. Hulshof and M. J. Schretlen, De kunst der oude boekbinders (Utrecht, 1921), pl. vi, no. 19), a ‘Head of Christ' stamp, and a small star stamp. Quadruple fillets form the inner rectangle which is divided by further quadruple fillets into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, decorated with a double-headed eagle stamp (Hulshof–Schretlen pl. vi, no. 12), a pelican in her piety stamp (Hulshof–Schretlen pl. vi, no. 14), and a walled-garden stamp (Hulshof–Schretlen pl. vi, no. 16), and with the small star stamp at the intersection of the fillets. For Ravescot as the binder see Foot, ‘Monasteries and Dragons', 200; Hobson, Cambridge Libraries, 34; George Colin ‘A New List of the Bindings of Ludovicus Ravescot', in Incunabula, ed. Davies, 353-70, no. D1 at 365. The name of the author is written on the fore-edge in black ink.

Size: 306 × 225 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 294 × 210 mm.

Early marginal and interlinear annotations, including corrections to the text.

Two- to six-line initials, some with extensions into the margins and reserved white decoration, and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes, highlighting, and underlining in red.

Provenance: Early purchase note on the front pastedown: ‘Emptus fl. 1 [ ] 2'. Louvain, Brabant, Jesuits, 164[ ]; inscription on a1r: ‘Societatis Jesu Louanii 164[ ] H 19'. George Dunn (1865-1912); book-plate; F. Jenkinson, A List of the Incunabula Collected by George Dunn Arranged to Illustrate the History of Printing, The Bibliographical Society (Oxford, 1923), 39, no. 704; sale 11 Feb. 1913, lot 565. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate; purchased in 1924 from Ernst Philip Goldschmidt (1887-1954) for £21. 0. 0; accession number ‘784'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 19.4.

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