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Bod-Inc: P-363

Plinius Secundus, Gaius (Pliny the elder)

Historia naturalis (ed. Philippus Beroaldus).


Analysis of Content

a2r Bononius Tarvisanus, Hieronymus: ‘Apologia pro C. Plinio Secundo' [addressed to] Johannes Bombenus. Incipit: ‘[O]rta est inter nos disseptatio(!) Ioannes lepidissime . . .’

a3v Bononius Tarvisanus, Hieronymus: Carmen ex illustrium operum argumentis. Incipit: ‘Plinius aeterno complectitur omnia libro | Sparsa prius uariis quae latuere locis'; 21 elegiac distichs. Dated Treviso, 13 Oct. 1479.

a4r Plinius Secundus, Gaius Caecilius: [Letter addressed to] ‘Marcus' [Baebius Macrus]. Plin. Ep. 3. 5.

a4v Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius: De viris illustribus [extract]. ‘Svetonii Tranquilli in libro de viris illustribus'. See P‑358.

a4v Plinius Secundus, Gaius Caecilius: [Letter addressed to] Tacitus. Plin. Ep. 6. 16.

a5r Tertullianus, Quintus Septimus Florentius: Apologeticum [exc. cap. 2.6-7]. ‘Item Tertulliani in apologetico'. Tert.

a5r Eusebius Caesariensis: Chronicon. ‘Item ex libris de temporibus Eusebii Caesariensis'. See P‑359.

a5v Plinius Secundus, Gaius: Historia naturalis. Edited by Philippus Beroaldus. Plin. Nat. Book 37 ends with ‘ambitur mari' (37,13,77,203); see Sabbadini, ‘Le edizioni', 445 and Labarre no. 6.

L8v [Colophon.]

L8v Beroaldus, Philippus: [Letter addressed to] Nicolaus Ravacaldus. Incipit: ‘[P]ublium Nigidium cui figularis rota . . .’ Stating the kind of editorial work undertaken on this text.


Imprint: Treviso: Michael Manzolus, [not before 13 Oct.] 1479. Folio.

Remarks: The colophon is dated 25 Aug. 1479, but a poem dated ‘Tarvisii tertio idus Octobres Mcccclxxix' is found on a3v.


Collation: a14 b8 c–h10 i12 k–p10 q8 r–z & [con] [rum] A10 B6 C D10 E–I8 K10 L8 M4.


ISTC: ip00791000

Hain: HC *13092;

Goff: Goff P‑791;

BMC: BMC VI 888;

Proctor: Pr 6472;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑603; CIBN P‑462; Osler, IM, 179; Rhodes, Treviso, no. 43; Sheppard 5504.

LCN: 14016971


Copy number: P-363(1)

Wanting gathering d.

Binding: Nineteenth-century(?) quarter red morocco over pasteboards covered with leather. Marbled pastedowns.

Size: 313 × 220 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 302 × 203 mm.

On c1r a 12-line initial ‘M' is supplied in blue with reserved white decoration within a square ground made of red pen-work decoration. At the beginning of each book a large initial is supplied in red or blue with reserved white decoration. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Milan, Augustinian Hermits, S. Maria coronata; gift from Paulus de Sancto Genesio, Bishop of Helenapolis, Bithynia; inscription on M3r: ‘[Hunc l]ibrum dedit Monast[erio] Sancte Marie Cor[onat]e Mediolani. Ordinis regularis obserua[ntie] fratrum heremitarum Sancti Augustini [c]ongregationis Lumbardie Reuerendissimus in Christo pater et dominus dominus Paulus De sancto Genesio eiusdem ordinis et professionis Episcopus Helenapolinensis Abbatieque Cauane diocesis Parmensis ordinis vmbrose [Vallombrosa] Commendatarius . . . Sacre theologie doctor eruditissimus'. Jean Baptiste, chevalier de Bearzi (nineteenth century); sale (1855), lot 1008. Purchased at his sale for £3. 8. 0; see Books Purchased (1855), 48.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 2.26.

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