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Bod-Inc: S-013

Sallustius Crispus, Gaius

Opera: Bellum Catilinae; Bellum Iugurthinum, et al.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Sallustius Crispus, Gaius: Bellum Catilinae.] Sal. Cat.

[d1r] [Sallustius Crispus, Gaius: Bellum Iugurthinum.] Sal. Jug.

[i6v] [Distich on the death of Iugurtha.] Incipit: ‘Qui cupis ignotum Iugurthae noscere letum | Tarpeie rupis pulsus ad ima ruit'; 1 elegiac distich. See Walther, Initia, 15445. See S‑011.

[i6v] [Verse addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Quadringenta iterum formata uolumina nuper | Crispi dedit Venetis Spirea Vindelinus'; 4 hexameters, advertising de Spira's second edition. F. D. Gherlach, III 32.

[k1r] [Squarzaficus, Hieronymus]: ‘Crispi Salustii oratoris clarissimi uita.’ Allenspach–Frasso 277–8. Squarzaficus drew heavily on the life by Sicco Polentonus; see Allenspach–Frasso, 252, who register Venice: Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, 23 Mar. 1474 (S‑015) erroneously as the first publication.

[k2r] Sallustius Crispus, [Gaius pseudo-]: ‘In M. T. Ciceronem Inuectiua'. [Sal.] Cic. Not the work of Sallust; see L. D. R[eynolds], in Texts and Transmission, 350. C. B. R. Pelling, in OCD 1349, suggests an Augustan rhetorician.

[k3r] Cicero, M[arcus] T[ullius pseudo-]: ‘In Crispum Salustium Responsio seu inuectiua'. [Cic.] Sal. Not the work of Cicero; see L. D. R[eynolds], in Texts and Transmission, 350.


Imprint: Venice: Vindelinus de Spira, 1471. 4°.


Collation: [a b8 c d6 e8 f g6 h10 i k6].


ISTC: is00054000

Hain: H 14198;

Goff: Goff S‑54;

BMC: BMC V 158;

Proctor: Pr 4034;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑36; CIBN S‑20; Sheppard 3203. Microfiche: Unit 8: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part II, PI 70.

LCN: 14028287


Copy number: S-013(1)

Binding: Eighteenth-century half red morocco; green paper boards; the title in gilt on a green leather label on the spine; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on brown leather labels on both covers.

Size: 283 × 202 × 202 mm.

Size of leaf: 273 × 195 mm.

A few marginal notes in a late fifteenth-century Italian hand, supplying pointing hands, paragraph marks, brackets, scribbles, nota marks, and repeating sections of the text. On the rear endleaf a note in the same hand: ‘Probus Emil. de uita Nepotiani | Est enim hoc comune uitium in magnis liberisque ciuitatibus ut inuidia glorie comes sit; et libenter de iis detrahunt quos emergere uideant altius'.

On [a2r] Italian three-quarter white vine-stem woodcut borders stamped after printing, with the background painted in blue, red, and green, outlined in red and green; the text area outlined in gold. In the lower border two putti flank a coat of arms (containing a leg and a wing(?) drawn in pen). Such borders were used in 1470-4; see M. M. Smith, The Title-page (London, 2000), 129-30, and pl. 8.3; Lilian Armstrong in The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illuminations. 1450-1555, ed. J. J. G. Alexander (Munich, 1994), 170 no. 83. An Italian illuminated initial: a gilt ‘O' on a blue square with clusters of three silver dots; within the body of the initial a white vine-stem curl, on either side painted in red and green, with clusters of three silver dots. On [d1r] a woodcut initial ‘F' painted in silver, on a wavy square painted in blue, with a vine-stem pattern (painted in red and green); the whole decoration is covered with clusters of three silver dots. Elsewhere initials are supplied in red or blue ink.

Provenance: Giacomo Lucchesini (1753-1820); ‘Di Giacomo Lucchesini', erased, on front pastedown. Giuseppe Molini; oval ticket with the head of Dante on front pastedown. Sir Mark Masterman Sykes (1771-1823); sale, part III, lot 435. Purchased for £20. 10. 0; see Books Purchased (1824), 10.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 5.17.

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