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Bod-Inc: P-371

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. Incipit: ‘[N]on quia magnum aliquid operosum . . .’ Acknowleding that the work was undertaken at the instigation of Antonius Moretus; see P‑370.

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]. ‘Item Tertulliani in apologetico'. 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. 15.

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: Johannes Alvisius, 18 May 1499. Folio.

Remarks: Reprinted from the Benalius edition of 1497/8, Pr 4893A (BMC).


Collation: a–e8 f6 g–z & A–I8 K6.


ISTC: ip00800000

Hain: HC 13104;

Goff: Goff P‑800;

BMC: BMC V 572;

Proctor: Pr 5636;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑610; Hillard 1660; Sack, Freiburg, 2927; Sheppard 4695.

LCN: 14014354


Copy number: P-371(1)

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf with sprinkled red-edged leaves.

Size: 320 × 225 × 43 mm.

Size of leaf: 309 × 204 mm.

Occasional marginal notes, mainly extracting key words and providing corrections to the text, mostly washed, in an early hand.

Provenance: Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate with handwritten shelfmark ‘VII.D.g.17': see Lee, Royal Bookplates, 40-1 no. 23; not identified in sale catalogues. Purchased for £0. 15. 0; see Books Purchased (1859), 86.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q inf. 2.26.

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