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De vocabulis rei militaris, et al.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] [Table of contents.]

[a1r] Modestus [pseudo-]: De vocabulis rei militaris [addressed to] Theodosius Emperor. Ammien Marcellin, Jornandès, Frontin, Végèce, Modestus avec la traduction en français, ed. Jean Marie N. Désiré Nisard, Collection des auteurs latins, 19 (Paris, 1878), 643-51; T. González Rolán and A. Moure Casas, ‘  “Modesti libellus de vocabulis rei militaris ad Tacitum Augustum” (Estudio de la transmisión manuscrita y edición crítica)', Cuadernos de Filología Clásica, 20 (1986-7), 293-328, at 311-19. The work attributed to Modestus consists of excerpts from Vegetius, Epitoma rei militaris; see Lorenzo Dalmasso, ‘La Storia di un estratto di Vegezio saggio sulla fortuna dell‘“Epitoma rei militaris”  ’, Rendiconti Istituto Lombardo di scienze e lettere, ser. 2, 40 (1907), 805-14, esp. 809-13. The compilation derives from an extant manuscript of Vegetius (Paris, BnF, Lat. 6503, s. ix), it first appears in manuscripts of the fourteenth century ascribed to Cicero (an ascription implicit in the 1471 edition of his philosophical works [Bod-inc. C‑299]), and it acquired the ascription to Modestus in this edition printed no later than 1474 ([Bod-inc. M‑285]); see M. D. Reeve, ‘Modestus, scriptor rei militaris’, in La Tradition vive. Mélanges d'histoire des textes en l'honneur de Louis Holtz, ed. Pierre Lardet, Bibliologia, 20 (Turnhout, 2003), 417-32; see here 424-5 on the dedication to Theodosius/Tacitus.

[b2r] [Laetus, Julius Pomponius]: De magistratibus. Incipit: ‘[U]rbis Rome et imperii Romani conditor Romulus Marte genitus fuit . . .’ Explicit: item et Salinus Julianus

[c1r] [Laetus, Julius Pomponius]: De sacerdotiis. Incipit: ‘[F]aunus antiquissimus omnium regum in Latio fuit . . .’ Explicit: inditum est ab auibus

[c7v] [Laetus, Julius Pomponius]: De legibus. Incipit: ‘Ius pluribus modis dicitur. Naturale quod est commune omnibus . . .’ Explicit: satis est placere suis. Vale


Imprint: [Rome: Johannes Schurener, de Bopardia(?), before 27 May 1474]. 4° and 8°.

Remarks: This edition served as printer's copy for the edition Venice: Bartholomaeus Cremonensis, 27 May 1474 (Bod-inc. M‑286, see below), and should therefore be dated before that date (CIBN); Sheppard dates [c.1475], and identifies as an 8o.


Collation: [a8 b12 c10].


ISTC: im00736500

Hain: HC 11441;

Goff: Goff M‑738;


Proctor: Pr 3489;

Others: CIBN M‑487; Sheppard 2800.

LCN: 14513063


Copy number: M-285(1)

Wanting [b2-12] and [c3-8].

Binding: Nineteenth-century light-brown paper boards.

Size: 194 × 140 × 6 mm.

Size of leaf: 190 × 136 mm.

Early marginal annotations in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century humanist hand, consisting mainly of the extraction of key words, and ‘nota' marks. On the front and rear pastedown horizontal ruling. On verso of front endleaf bibliographical notes in an early nineteenth-century Italian hand.

Provenance: The same early nineteenth-century Italian provenance as S‑334(1); see binding and later manuscript notes. Perhaps Tomaso de Luca de Cadore (nineteenth century); sale, 18 July 1825. Richard Heber (1773-1833); stamp on the recto of the front endleaf: ‘Bibliotheca Heberiana'; see Catalogue, 1 (1834), lot 4862. Purchased for £0. 10. 0; see Books Purchased (1834), 20.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O inf. 1.22.

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