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Bod-Inc: P-359

Plinius Secundus, Gaius (Pliny the elder)

Historia naturalis (ed. Johannes Andreas, Bishop of Aleria).


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Bussis], Johannes Andreas de: ‘Epistola' [addressed to] Paulus II, Pont. Max. Dated in the sixth year of the pontificate of Paul II (31 Aug. 1469-30 Aug. 1470). Bussi 44-6. Bussi completed the ‘recognitio' of the printer's copy of Books 18-37 on 8 Apr. (Vatican Library, MS. Vat. lat. 5991); see Paola Casciano, ‘Il ms. Angelicano 1097, fase preparatoria per l'edizione del Plinio di Sweynheym e Pannartz (H 13088)', in Scrittura biblioteche e stampa I, 383-94.

[a2v] Plinius Secundus, Gaius Caecilius: [Letter addressed to] ‘Marcus' [Baebius Macrus]. Plin. Ep. 3. 5.

[a3v] Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius: De viris illustribus [extract]. ‘Svetonii Tranquilli in libro de viris illustribus'. See P‑358.

[a3v] Plinius Secundus, Gaius Caecilius: [Letter addressed to] Tacitus. Plin. Ep. 6. 16.

[a4r] Tertullianus, Quintus Septimus Florentius: Apologeticum [exc. cap. 2.6-7]. ‘Item Tertulliani in apologetico'. Tert.

[a4r] Eusebius Caesariensis: Chronicon. ‘Item ex libris de temporibus Eusebii Caesariensis'. Eusebius, Die Chronik des Hieronymus, Eusebius Werke, 7, ed. Rudolf Helm, 2 pts (Berlin, 1984), I 1-7.

[a4v] Plinius Secundus, Gaius: Historia naturalis. Edited by Johannes Andreas, Bishop of Aleria. Plin. Nat. Book 37 ends with ‘ambitur mari' (37,13,77,203); on this edition see Sabbadini, ‘Le edizioni', 443; Labarre no. 2; on the use of Vatican, MS. Vat. lat. 5991 see A. Marucchi, ‘Note sul manoscitto di cui si è servito Giovanni Andrea Bussi per l'edizione del Plinio del 1470', Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, Bulletin, 15 (1967-8), 155-82; Monfasani, ‘First Call', 1-31; Martin Davies, ‘Making Sense of Pliny in the Quattrocento', Renaissance Studies, 9 (1995), 240-57; Ford, ‘Author's Autographs', no. 7.


Imprint: Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [not after 30 Aug.] 1470. Folio.


Collation: [a10 b12 c–f10 g–l8 m–r10 s–v8 x–z10 A–D10 E F8 G–O10 P Q8 R10].


ISTC: ip00787000

Hain: HC *13088;

Goff: Goff P‑787;


Proctor: Pr 3306;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑600; CIBN P‑458; Osler, IM, 4; Rhodes 1437; Sheppard 2618.

LCN: 14016951


Copy number: P-359(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [R9-10].

Binding: Early eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco, with the gold stamp of the Library on both covers. ‘Romae 1470' gold-tooled on a small blue inlay on the spine. Gilt-edged leaves and marbled pastedowns.

Size: 401 × 294 × 75 mm.

Size of leaf: 395 × 270 mm.

‘L. IX. 18' on front endleaf in an eighteenth-century(?) hand. Book numbers in roman numerals in the middle of the upper margin. Marginal notes in Latin, mainly extracting key words and providing corrections to the text, and in Greek providing translations of Greek passages quoted in Latin in the text, in a humanist hand. Also pointing hands.

On [c1r] Italian (Rome?) three-quarter white interlaced branch-work borders on a blue, red, and green ground incorporating a seven-line epigraphic initial ‘M' painted in gold; foliate extensions with some gold dotting in the outer margin. Wreath in the lower border left blank for owner's arms; see Pächt and Alexander II, 106 no. pr. 8. Other initials are supplied in alternate red or blue.

Provenance: On the verso of front endleaf a manuscript bibliographical note quoting Audifreddi (1783) is signed A. Cornelli (fl. after 1783/9). Purchased for £14. 14. 0; see Books Purchased (1789), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 1.1.

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