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Bod-Inc: P-370

Plinius Secundus, Gaius (Pliny the elder)

Historia naturalis (ed. Hermolaus Barbarus, rev. Johannes Baptista Palmarius).


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v Palmarius, Johannes Baptista: [Letter addressed to] Conssalus Ruitius de la Vega et Mendoza (i.e. Gonzales Ruiz de la Vega y Mendoza). Incipit: ‘[N]on quia magnum aliquid operosum . . .’ Acknowleding that the work was undertaken at the instigation of Antonius Moretus; see Monfasani, ‘First Call', 31; see also CTC IV 418-19.

a2v Palmarius, Johannes Baptista(?): [Verse addressed to] the reader. Incipit: ‘Qui coelum, terras, aequor, genus omne animantum | Omne exors animae, quid ferat omnis ager'; 5 elegiac distichs. Dated 13 Feb. 1498.

a3r Plinius Secundus, Gaius Caecilius: [Letter addressed to] ‘Marcus' [Baebius Macrus]. Plin. Ep. 3. 5.

a3r 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.

a3v Tertullianus, Quintus Septimus Florentius: Apologeticum [exc. cap. 2.6-7]. Tert.

a3v Eusebius Caesariensis: Chronicon. ‘Item ex libris de temporibus Eusebii Caesariensis'. See P‑359.

a4r Plinius Secundus, Gaius: Historia naturalis. Edited by Hermolaus Barbarus and revised by Johannes Baptista Palmarius, as stated in the colophon. Plin. Nat. Book 37 ends with ‘ambitur mari' (37,13,77,203); see Sabbadini, ‘Le edizioni', 446 and Labarre no. 14.

K6r ‘Registrum'.

K6r [Colophon.] Acknowledging the editorial work of Hermolaus Barbarus. The edition incorporates textual readings taken from the Castigationes Plinianae of Hermolaus Barbarus.


Imprint: Venice: Bernardinus Benalius, ‘1497' [not before 13 Feb. 1498]. Folio.

Remarks: Dated 1497 in the colophon, but the dedication is dated the Ides of February 1498 in the twelfth year of the Doge Augustinus Barbadicus (30 Aug. 1497-29 Aug. 1498).


Collation: a–e8 f6 g–z & A–I8 K6.


ISTC: ip00799000

Hain: HC *13101;

Goff: Goff P‑799;

BMC: BMC V 377;

Proctor: Pr 4893A;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑609; CIBN P‑468; Sheppard 4002.

LCN: 14014364


Copy number: P-370(1)

Binding: Early eighteenth-century gold- and blind-tooled calf, with the gold stamp of the Library on both covers. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of upper cover. Sprinkled red-edged leaves. Cursus Chymicus Oxonii in Schola Chymiae habendus ([Oxford], 1705/6), now G.A. Oxon c.25(3), was formerly pasted onto rear pastedown.

Size: 387 × 265 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 379 × 240 mm.

‘D.6.3' in black ink on the verso of front endleaf. ‘Vixit anno domini 110' written above the title-page in a late sixteenth-century hand. Some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words and personal names, in the same hand. A few notes in another, slightly later, English cursive hand.

Provenance: Arthur Charlett (1655-1722); engraved book-plate with monogram AC and motto: ‘Animus si aequus, quod petis hic est'; see Howe, Book Plates, 5614. Nathaniel Crynes (1686-1745); stamp on a2r. Bequeathed in 1745.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: D 2.10 Art (`10' in black ink across the fore-edge).

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 1.8.

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