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Bod-Inc: P-368

Plinius Secundus, Gaius (Pliny the elder)

Historia naturalis (ed. Johannes Britannicus).


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v [Britannicus Brixianus, Johannes]: ‘Caii Plynii Vita'. Incipit: ‘C. Plynius Secundus Veronensis natus sub Tiberio . . .’ Explicit: propius accesserat

a2r Britannicus Brixianus, Johannes: [Letter addressed to] Luca Tertius. Incipit: ‘De patria C. Plinii Secundi . . .’ Explicit: dignitatem tuam faciam

a2r Benedictus, Alexander: [Letter addressed to] Matthaeus Ruffus Veronensis. Incipit: ‘His diebus Veronam communem patriam adiuimus . . .’ Explicit: Graecia excitabis

a2v Ruffus, Matthaeus: [Letter addressed to] Justus [de Justis] Antistes. Incipit: ‘[N]icolaus Perottus pontifex Sepontinus . . .’ Explicit: indubiam habemus On the question of Pliny's place of birth, suggested as Verona rather than Como by Matthaeus Ruffus, and debated in these years by the Veronese scholars, see C. Perpolli, ‘L'Actio Panthea e l'Umanesimo Veronese', Atti dell'Accademia di Agricoltura, Scienze e Letteratura di Verona, s. 4, 16 (1915), 108-9 and R. Avesani, ‘Il “De viris illustribus antiquissimis qui ex Verona claruere"', Italia medioevale e umanistica, 5 (1962), 48-84, at 49-52.

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

a4r Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius: De viris illustribus [extract]. ‘Svetonii Tranquilli in libro de viris illustribus'. See P‑358.

a4r Plinius Secundus, Gaius Caecilius: [Letter addressed to] Tacitus. Plin. Ep. 6. 16.

a4v Tertullianus, Quintus Septimus Florentius: Apologeticum [exc. cap. 2.6-7]. ‘Item Tertulliani in apologetico'. Tert.

a4v Eusebius Caesariensis: Chronicon. ‘Item ex libris de temporibus Eusebii Caesariensis'. See P‑359.

a5r Plinius Secundus, Gaius: Historia naturalis. [Edited by Johannes Britannicus]; Sabbadini, ‘Le edizioni', 445-6. Plin. Nat. Book 37 ends with ‘ambitur mari' (37,13,77,203); see Sabbadini, ‘Le edizioni', 445-6 and Labarre no. 12.


Imprint: Brescia: Angelus and Jacobus Britannicus, 20 Apr. 1496. Folio.


Collation: a8+2 b–e8 f6 g–z & A–K8.


ISTC: ip00797000

Hain: HC 13098;

Goff: Goff P‑797;


Proctor: Pr 6992;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑607; Sack, Freiburg, 2926; Sheppard 5788.

LCN: 14014397


Copy number: P-368(1)

Binding: Seventeenth/eighteenth-century parchment, with title manuscript at head of the spine, dark green-edged leaves, coloured pastedowns, and green silk bookmark.

Size: 418 × 290 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 414 × 280 mm.

Several marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, authors' names, and explanations, in an Italian humanist hand.

Provenance: Brescia, Augustinian Hermits, S. Barnabas; inscription on a2r: ‘Bibliothece S. Barnabae Brixiae'. William Pickering. Purchased via Charles J. Stewart at Pickering's sale (London: Sotheby's, 30 Oct. 1854), lot 2726, for £1. 0. 0; see Library Bills (1851-5), 418; Books Purchased (1855), 48.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 1.16.

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