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Bod-Inc: P-360

Plinius Secundus, Gaius (Pliny the elder)

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


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Plinius Secundus, Gaius Caecilius: [Letter addressed to] ‘Marcus' [Baebius Macrus]. Plin. Ep. 3. 5.

[a2v] Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius: De viris illustribus [extract]. ‘Svetonii Tranquilli in libro de viris illustribus'.’ See P‑358.

[a2v] Plinius Secundus, Gaius Caecilius: [Letter addressed to] Tacitus. Plin. Ep. 6. 16.

[a3r] Tertullianus, Quintus Septimus Florentius: Apologeticum [exc. cap. 2.6-7]. ‘Item Tertulliani in apologetico'.’ Tert.

[a3r] Eusebius Caesariensis: Chronicon. ‘Item ex libris de temporibus Eusebii Caesariensis'.’ See P‑359.

[a4r] Plinius Secundus, Gaius: Historia naturalis. Edited by Johannes Andreas, Bishop of Aleria. Plin. Nat. Book 37 ends with ‘ambitur mari' (37,13,77,203); see Sabbadini, ‘Le edizioni', 443; Labarre no. 3.

[N9r] [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. See also P‑359.


Imprint: Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1472. Folio.


Collation: [a12 b8 c–h10 i12 k–p10 q8 r–z10 A–D10 E6 F G10 H–M8 N10 O12].


ISTC: ip00788000

Hain: HC *13089;

Goff: Goff P‑788;

BMC: BMC V 172;

Proctor: Pr 4087;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑601; CIBN P‑459; Hillard 1656; Essling 3; Oates 1632; Osler, IM, 18; Rhodes 1438; Sheppard 3259.

LCN: 14017018


Copy number: P-360(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [N11-12]. Sheets 4 and 5 of gathering [p] are made up.

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century diced russia, with the gold stamp of the Library on both covers. Gilt-edged leaves, marbled pastedowns, and green silk bookmark.

Size: 437 × 305 × 75 mm.

Size of leaf: 431 × 277 mm.

Extensive marginal and interlinear notes, providing corrections and a commentary to the text, also extracting key words, and book numbering in roman numerals in a humanist hand in red and brown ink. Early signatures partly visible.

On [c1r] an Italian (Venice) border of branch-work with a roundel containing a deer on a blue, red, and green ground with white dotting, edged in gold, incorporating a 12-line initial ‘M' painted in gold. Similar initials at the beginning of each book. Within a wreath in the lower border a coat of arms (see below). See Pächt and Alexander II, 110 no. pr. 70 and pl. lxxxviii. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Erizzo family; coat of arms on [c1r]: azure, a bend or and in chief 3 fleur-de-lis divided by a label of four points; an unsigned note [by B. C. Barker-Benfield] in the Bodleian's copy of Pacht & Alexander II suggests the identification on the basis of the erasure on the bend, and compares with Pacht & Alexander II, no. 558 (MS. Buchanan e.151) and also refers to additional notes to the annotated copy of Pacht & Alexander II, no. 577 (MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 123). Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); Morelli (1787), I 1753; sale (1789), lot 6665. Purchased through Emsley for £12. 5. 0; see annotated sale catalogue, and Books Purchased (1789), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 1.2.

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