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Bod-Inc: S-133

Seneca, Lucius Annaeus

Epistolae ad Lucilium, et al.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Seneca, Lucius Annaeus: Epistolae ad Lucilium. Sen. Ep.; see S‑131. This was the editio princeps; see Fohlen, ‘Les premières éditions', 350-1 (group I no. 1).

[A6v] Hieronymus: [Extract from De uiris illustribus.] See S‑131.

[A6v] Seneca, Lucius Annaeus [pseudo-; Sanctus] Paulus [pseudo-]: ‘Epistolae Senecae et Pauli'. See S‑131.

[A9r] ‘Epitaphium Senecae'. See S‑131.


Imprint: [Strasbourg: The R‑Printer (Johann Mentelin and Adolf Rusch), c.1474]. Folio.

Remarks: CIBN dates to [1475].


Collation: [a8 b10 c10+1 d e10 f6 g8 h i10 k12 l m10 n o6 p q10 r s6 t–x10 y6+1 z6 A10].


ISTC: is00379000

Hain: HC 14597;

BMC: BMC I 62;

Proctor: Pr 243;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑260; CIBN S‑189; Rhodes 1604; Sack, Freiburg, 3202; Sheppard 221-2.

LCN: 14052358


Copy number: S-133(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [A10]

Binding: Eighteenth-century green morocco, the spine gold-tooled. See Barber, ‘Baroque to Neoclassicism', no. 42: ‘Green morocco; triple fillets with rose stamp at the intersections. Spine with floral swag and ornamented rolls, lettered directly . . . The binding has many features in common with that of no. 31' [i.e. MS. Douce 113 bound by N. D. Derome]. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; marbled pastedowns; pink silk bookmark.

Size: 291 × 209 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 280 × 192 mm.

One or two marginal annotations to the text, in a contemporary German hand, supplying underlining and comments on the text. At the beginning are bound four leaves containing a table of contents in a contemporary French hand.

On [a2r] a seven-line initial ‘I' is supplied in blue, framed by red pen-work in the shape of a square, with extensions into the margins. Other initials are supplied in red or blue ink. Pilcrows, capital strokes, and underlinings are supplied in red.

Provenance: Porrentruy, Switzerland, Jesuits; see ‘Collegii Soc. Jesu Bruntruti' on the recto of the front endleaf. Purchased for £6. 6. 0; see Books Purchased (1802), 2.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 3.27

Copy number: S-133(2)

Wanting the blank leaf [A10].

Sheets l2.9 and l4.7 have been transposed in binding.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf over green cloth.

Size: 295 × 216 × 33 mm.

Size of leaf: 287 × 198 mm.

On [a1r] ‘Epistole Senece' in a contemporary hand.

On [a2r] a seven-line initial ‘I' is supplied in red. Elsewhere initials, pilcrows, and capital strokes are supplied in red.

Provenance: Purchased for £2. 18. 0; see Books Purchased (1836), 31.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 3.16.

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