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Bod-Inc: P-143

Persius Flaccus, Aulus

Satyrae (comm. Johannes Britannicus and Bartholomaeus Fontius).


Analysis of Content

a1v Britannicus, Johannes: [Letter addressed to the Senate and People of Brescia.] Incipit: ‘[C]um multa et uaria in rebus humanis sint in quibus hominum ingenia exerceri . . .’ Explicit: me scripti sunt. Valete For Britannicus' commentary, and life of Persius see CTC III 267-8.

a2r Britannicus, Johannes: ‘Vita Persii'. Incipit: ‘[P]ersius Flaccus in Thuscia Volaterras habet patriam quod cum Eusebius . . .’ Explicit: largitor venter

a2r Fontius, Bartholomaeus: ‘Vita Persii'. Incipit: ‘[P]ersium aggressuro in primis necessarium uisum est eius uitam . . .’ Explicit: ipsam aggrediamur Fontius is identified as the author in the printed heading in this edition.

a2r [Britannicus, Johannes: Preface.] Incipit: ‘[S]atyra carmen est, ut Diomedi placet apud Romanos maledicum . . .’ Explicit: uersus faceret

a3r Britannicus, Johannes: [Commentary on Choliambi.] ‘Commentarii in Persium'. Incipit: ‘  “Nec fonte labra”. Versus est senarius iambicus, qui et trimeter . . .’ Explicit: Pegasos habeat

a3r Persius Flaccus, Aulus: [Choliambi.] Pers. Chol.

a3r Fontius, Bartholomaeus: [Commentary on Choliambi.] Incipit: ‘  “Nec fonte labra prolui caballino”. Quo maiore animi libertate alios deinde corrigere . . .’ Explicit: indeclinabiliter ponitur

a4v Persius Flaccus, Aulus: Satyrae. Pers.

a4v Britannicus, Johannes: [Commentary on Satyrae.] Incipit: ‘  “[O] curas hominum”. Reprehensurus hac satyra uaria poetarum in componendis carminibus . . .’ Explicit: insatiabilem esse ostendit

a4v Fontius, Bartholomaeus: [Commentary on Satyrae.] Incipit: ‘  “[O] curas hominum, o quantum est in rebus inane”. Haec satyra scriptores lenocinio uerborum plausum . . .’ Explicit: Chrysippum repertum esse

h3v Fontius, Bartholomaeus: [Letter addressed to] Franciscus Saxettus. Incipit: ‘[R]ecte facis, Saxette carissime, qui ita diligenter studiis nostris . . .’ Explicit: paratissimum semper erit. Valle See P‑135.


Imprint: Venice: Bernardinus Benalius and Matteo Capcasa, 3 Aug. 1491. Folio.


Collation: a8 b–g6 h4.


ISTC: ip00353000

Hain: HC *12736;

Goff: Goff P‑353;

BMC: BMC V 373;

Proctor: Pr 4878;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑250; CIBN P‑144; Morgan, Persius, 35; Sack, Freiburg, 2732; Sheppard 3983.

LCN: 14492763


Copy number: P-143(1)

Leaf a1 has been repaired.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half brown morocco with black cloth; bound for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 322 × 221 × 13 mm.

Size of leaf: 311 × 204 mm.

Copious early marginal annotations, apparently in one fifteenth/sixteenth-century humanist hand, and consisting of extraction of key words, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands, also corrections to the text and commentary, and underlining in the text. Running headings or ‘satyra' numbers are supplied in black ink. Early manuscript foliation: 2-48. Manuscript table of contents on a1r in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand, also listing the leaf on which each ‘satyra' begins.

On a2v an engraving, 48 × 42 mm, of a man in a religious habit, holding a staff in his left hand and a rosary in his right, and flanked by the initials ‘B. P.'; probably ‘Beatus Petrus', suggested by the crossed keys on the front of the habit.

Provenance: Verona, Camillians; circular stamp with inscription on a1r: ‘Dom. Profes. CC. RR. Ministr. Infirmis Veronæ'. H. F. (fl. 1884), of Münster; inscription in purple crayon on the recto of the front endleaf: ‘H. F. Münster 1884'. Acquired after 1884.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P inf. 2.5.

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