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Bod-Inc: S-028

Sallustius Crispus, Gaius

Opera: Bellum Catilinae (comm. Laurentius Valla); Bellum Iugurthinum, et al. (ed. Pomponius Laetus).


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v Laetus, Julius Pomponius: [Letter addressed to] Augustinus Maffeus. Incipit: ‘M. Valerius Probus unicae uetustatis amator cum animaduertisset . . .’ Laetus refers to his editing of Sallust. In the original version of this preface the bookseller Johannes Rhegiensis is named as the publisher, but in this edition his name has been replaced with that of Antonius Moretus; see Monfasani, ‘First Call', 29-30: ‘In the first edition of this text (Rome: Eucharius Silber, 3 Apr. 1490) Leto's preface originally read (leaf a3r–v): “Itaque Iohanni Rhegiensi bibliopolae (nam is saepius institit) permisi ut impressoribus traderet, cui antea dederam C. Plinii epistolas . . .”  ’. See also M. Cortesi, ‘Per il commento a Sallustio di Lorenzo Valla', Respublica litterarum, 14 (1991), 49-59, at 49. On Laetus' textual sources see B. L. Ullman, ‘The Dedication Copy of Pomponio Leto's Edition of Sallust and the Vita of Sallust', in Studies in the Italian Renaissance (Rome, 1953), 365-72, at 366.

a2r Sallustius Crispus, G[aius]: Bellum Catilinae. ‘De coniuratione L. Ser. Catilinae'. All works in this volume are edited by Pomponius Laetus; see his prefatory letter and title-page. Sal. Cat.

a2r Valla, Laurentius: ‘In C. Crispi Salustii Catilinarium Comentarii'. Incipit: ‘[O]mnis homines [Sal. Cat. I.1] Patritia gente Crispus Salustius Romae natus . . .’ On Valla's commentary see Cortesi, ‘Il commento a Sallustio di Lorenzo Valla', 49-59.

e2r Porcius Latro, [Marcus pseudo-]: ‘Declamatio contra Lucium Sergium Catilinam'. Incipit: ‘[S]i quid precibus apud deos immortales sanctissimi iudices uobiscum aliquando ualuissemus . . .’ On the authorship see RE 22 I (1953), 235.

f2r Sallustius Crispus, G[aius]: Bellum Iugurthinum. ‘De bello Iugurthino'. Sal. Jug.

i4r Sallustius Crispus, G[aius]: Ex libris Historiarum [orationes]. ‘Oartio(!) Lepidi consulis ad populum'. Sal. Hist., with the speech of Macer preceding that of Pompey. On the work's transmission see Texts and Transmission, 347-9.

k1v [Sallustius Crispus, Gaius pseudo-(?): Epistulae] ad Caesarem senem de re publica. Sal. Epist. For the attribution of authorship to Sallust and on Pomponius Laetus' earlier edition (Rome: Silber, 1490) see Texts and Transmission, 349-50. Pelling doubts Sallust's authorship in OCD 1349.

k5r [Laetus, Julius Pomponius]: ‘Salustii Vita’ Ullman, ‘Dedication Copy', 368; he argues at 369-72 that Laetus, and not someone in Antiquity, compiled this Vita with material from Sallust's writings.

k5r Sallustius [Crispus, Gaius pseudo-]: ‘Inuectiua in Ciceronem'. [Sal.] Cic. On the authorship see S‑013.

k6r C[icero], M[arcus] T[ullius pseudo-]: ‘Responsio contra C. Salustium'. [Cic.] Sal. On the authorship see S‑013.

k8v ‘Registrum Cartharum'.


Imprint: Venice: Philippus Pincius, 11 May 1491. Folio.


Collation: a–i6 k8.


ISTC: is00076000

Hain: HCR 14222;

Goff: Goff S‑76;

BMC: BMC V 493;

Proctor: Pr 5287;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑44; CIBN S‑41; Rhodes 1547; Sheppard 4385.

LCN: 14077089


Copy number: S-028(1)

Wanting the blank leaf k8.

Binding: Seventeenth-century old calf; the spine gold-tooled; yellow-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 314 × 217 × 17 mm.

Size of leaf: 310 × 204 mm.

‘B 4:43' in brown ink and ‘60 c. 5' in pencil on front pastedown.

Capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Charles Spencer (1674-1722), 3rd Earl of Sunderland. Blenheim Palace, Dukes of Marlborough; Catalogue of the Books in the Library at Blenheim Palace (Oxford, 1872), 490; sale (22 Mar. 1883), lot 10954; see label on spine. According to the bill the Bodleian Libray lost lot 10954, and bought lot 10979 for £5. 0. 0; see Library Bills (1883), no. 204.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P inf. 2.1.

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