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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus

Epistolae ad Lucilium, et al.


Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Table.]

[a1r] Seneca, Lucius Annaeus: Epistolae ad Lucilium. ‘Ad Lucillium epistolae'. Sen. Ep. See J. Fohlen, ‘Les premières éditions des Epistulae ad Lucilium (1475-1529) et leurs relations avec les manuscrits', in La Tradition vive. Mélanges d'histoire des textes en l'honneur de Louis Holtz, ed. Pierre Lardet, Bibliologia, 20 (Turnhout, 2003), 349-64, at 351-2 (group II no. 5).

[x1r] Hieronymus: [Extract from] De viris illustribus. PL XXIII 629A–B.

[x1r] Seneca, [Lucius Annaeus pseudo-; Sanctus] Paulus [pseudo-]: ‘Epistolae Senecae ad Paulum apostolum, et Pauli ad Senecam'. Epistulae Senecae ad Paulum et Pauli ad Senecam <quae uocantur>, ed. C. W. Barlow, Papers and Monographs of the American Academy in Rome, 10 (Horn, 1938); L. Bocciolini Palagi, Epistolae Senecae ad Paulum et Pauli ad Senecam (Florence, 1985), 50–70. For the dating and transmission of these forgeries see L. D. Reynolds, The Medieval Tradition of Seneca's Letters (Oxford, 1965), 81-4, 87-9, 112-13; Texts and Transmission, 360; Bocciolini Palagi, Epistolae, 19-35, with a survey of past opinions on the correspondance here, and 45-7; VL VIII 1084-5. As in most contemporary manuscripts and editions, Laurentius Valla's exposure of the false authorship (see A. Momigliano, Contributo alla storia degli studi classici (Rome, 1955), 28) is not recognized in this edition; see N. G. Round, ‘The Medieval Reputation of the Proverbia Senecae: A Partial Survey based on Recorded MSS', Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 72 (1972), 103-51, at 127-9.

[x5r] ‘Epitaphium Senece'.


Imprint: Paris: [Au Soufflet Vert (Louis Symonel et Socii)], 1475. 4°.


Collation: [*4 a–o10 p8 q–u10 x4+1].


ISTC: is00377000

Hain: HC 14600;

Goff: Goff S‑377;


Proctor: Pr 7899;

Others: CIBN S‑188; Sheppard 6109-10.

LCN: 14052274, 14052306


Copy number: S-131(1)

Gathering [x] is bound before gathering [a], with gathering [*] bound at the end. Variant setting: the type of gathering [q] is the first state, without the gothic form of ‘d'; leaf [q1r]: ‘Exemplis et rationibus docet de morte non esse | curandum . . .’

Binding: Nineteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; blue silk bookmark.

Size: 212 × 146 × 33 mm.

Size of leaf: 202 × 136 mm.

Annotations to some of the Epistolae, in a French hand, c.1500, providing Greek words in spaces left in the text, underlining, and leaf numbers.

Initials, some paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlinings are supplied in red ink.

Provenance: Purchased for £5. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1826), 15.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 5.40.

Copy number: S-131(2)

Wanting gatherings [*] and [x], and leaves [e1] and [e10]. Leaves [a1–5] are mutilated.

Variant setting: gathering [q] is differently set; the type is the second state, with gothic ‘d'; leaf [q1r]: ‘Exemplis et rationibus docet de morte non eſſe curandum . . .’

Binding: Nineteenth-century calf; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 218 × 147 × 31 mm.

Size of leaf: 216 × 145 mm.

A few notes in sixteenth-century English hands, supplying pointing hands, brackets, ‘nota' signs, underlining, and comments on the text. ‘Duplum No 4113' in pencil on [a2r].

Provenance: Richard Wannell († by Jan. 1546). John Rise (†1531); inscription on [a1r]: ‘[ ]at Richardo wānell ex dono Joānis Rise exōn thesaurij quique hūc legat oret pro eius aīa qui obijt āno dm̄ mo ccccco xxxio cuius aīe propicietur deus'. Thomas Silk (sixteenth century); ‘Thomas Silk of Habertone' on [b1r]. Date of acquisition unknown; books with neighbouring shelfmarks were acquired in a range of dates between the 1630s and the early nineteenth century.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 5.11.

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