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Bod-Inc: P-347


Amatores [Latin] (trans. Marsilius Ficinus; ed. Paulus Niavis).


Analysis of Content

[a1r] [Title-page.]

[a1v] Niavis, Paulus: [Letter addressed to] Erasmus [Stella?], priest in Chemnitz. Paul Oskar Kristeller, Studies in Renaissance Thought and Letters, Storia e letteratura, raccolta di Studi e testi, 54 (Rome, 1956), 172-3.

[a2r] Ficinus, Marsilius: ‘Argumentum . . . in librum Platonis de philosophia.’ Incipit: ‘[S]umma huius dyalogi est quid sit et quale officium . . .’ Explicit: a principio recensere

[a2v] Plato [pseudo-]: Amatores. ‘Dialogus de philosophia.’ [Translated by Marsilius Ficinus.] Edited by Paulus Niavis. Incipit: ‘[D]ionisii grammatici ludum ingressus iuuenes quosdam vidi honestam . . .’ Explicit: ceteri omnes dicta laudarunt On the authorship see P‑345. Niavis records his work as editor in his letter to Erasmus (see above).

[a6v] [Second title-page.]


Imprint: [Leipzig: Moritz Brandis, 1488-9]. 4°.

Remarks: As dated by Sheppard. Reichling assigns to [Conrad Kachelofen], Sheppard to Brandis (types 151, 88, GfT 515).


Collation: [a6].

Types: Types: 151 G, titles, headings; 88 G.

Leaves: 6 leaves.

Line number: 34 lines ([a3r]).

Type area: Type area: 149 ×97 mm ([a3r]).


ISTC: ip00772700

Hain: R 1322 (wanting one leaf);

Proctor: not in Pr;

Others: Sheppard 2099.

LCN: 14016327


Copy number: P-347(1)

The tract consists of six unsigned leaves, the text ending on [a6r], with a second title on [a6v], not [a5] as R. The printed title on [a2r] reads ‘|rgumentum . . . | ū . . .', which has been corrected to ‘Argumentum' and ‘brū' in black ink in an early hand.

Binding: Twentieth-century brown cloth.

Size: 216 × 150 × 30 mm.

Size of leaf: 211 × 138 mm.

Copious early marginal notes, consisting of comments on the text and ‘nota' marks, also underlining in the text in black ink. Prayer apparently in the hand of Valentinus (see below) on [a6v]: ‘Dispersit dedit pauperibus iusticia eius manet in seculum seculi | Exortam est in tenebris lumen rectis corde misericors et miserator et iustus dominus'.

On [a2r] a four-line initial ‘S' and on [a2v] a four-line initial ‘D' are both supplied in red.

Provenance: Valentinus from Schönfeld (sixteenth century?); inscription on [a6v]: ‘Latowikanus Valentinus'. Acquired by 1909; see Bodleian stamp, dated 12 Feb. 1909, on [a1v].

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Inc. e. U3.9.

SHELFMARK: Inc. e. G22.3.

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