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Bod-Inc: P-364

Plinius Secundus, Gaius (Pliny the elder)

Historia naturalis (ed. Philippus Beroaldus).


Analysis of Content

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

a2r 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 Philippus Beroaldus.] Plin. Nat. Book 37 ends with ‘ambitur mari' (37,13,77,203); see Sabbadini, ‘Le edizioni', 445 and Labarre no. 7.

N2r [Colophon.]

N2r Aicardus, Andreas: [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Andreas prodesse uolens Portillia multis | Gratum opus impresit Plinion aere suo'; 5 elegiac distichs.

N2v [Beroaldus, Philippus]: ‘Corectiones'(!). Incipit: ‘In libro tertio ubi sermo fit . . .’ These are the corrections of Beroaldus contained in his letter to Ravacaldus, first printed in Parma by Stephanus Corallus in 1476 (Pr 6842), the personal matter at the beginning and end of the letter omitted here.


Imprint: Parma: Andreas Portilia, 13 Feb. 1480. Folio.


Collation: a10 b6 c–u8 x y6 z8 [et]4 [con]4 A–L8 M6 N4.


ISTC: ip00792000

Hain: HC 13093;

Goff: Goff P‑792;


Proctor: Pr 6849;

Others: CIBN P‑463; Hillard 1657; Osler, IM, 201; Rhodes 1440; Sheppard 5644.

LCN: 14014385


Copy number: P-364(1)

Wanting the blank leaves a1 and N4.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled (fillets only) calf; bound for the Bodleian Library, with the gold stamp of the Library on both covers. Yellow-edged leaves and marbled pastedowns.

Size: 377 × 254 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 368 × 233 mm.

Some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words and concepts and providing corrections to the text, also pointing hands in an early hand.

On c1r an 11-line initial ‘M' is supplied in red with reserved white decoration; in the middle of the letter a human face. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red on this leaf only.

Provenance: Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); Morelli (1787), I 1757; sale (1789), lot 6668. Purchased through Peter Elmsley for £1. 1. 0; see the annotated sale catalogue and Books Purchased (1789), 6.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 1.5.

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