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Bod-Inc: S-170

Septem Sapientes Romae

Historia septem sapientium Romae.


Analysis of Content

a2r ‘Historia septem sapientum Romae'. Incipit: ‘[P]oncianus regnauit in urbe Roma prudens'. G. Buchner, ‘Die Historia septem sapientum nach der Innsbrucker Handschrift von Jahre 1342. Nebst einer untersuchung über die quelle der Seuin Seages des Johne Rolland von Dalkeith', in Erlanger Beiträge zur Englischen Philologie, I, ed. H Varnhagen (Erlangen and Leipzig, 1889), 7-90. A Latin version of the ‘Seven Wise Masters of Rome', descending from a French original. On the transmission see G. Buchner, ‘Historia septem sapientum', 1-6; F. Moldenhauer, ‘Verzeichnis der Drucke der “Historia septem sapientum Romae”  ’, Münchener Museum für Philologie des Mittelalters unde der Renaissance, 3 (1918), 327-39, at 330 no. 3 for this edition; VL VIII 1174-89, at 1181-2; D. Roth, ‘A Consideration of the Original Structure and the Transformation of the Historia Septem Sapientum throughout its Manuscript Tradition', Medieval Sermon Studies, 44 (2000), 87-107, especially 91-3. On the unclear relationship between this work and the Gesta Romanorum (G‑143–G‑156), see Roth, ‘Structure and Transformation', 91-3. The ‘moralites' or ‘reductiones', which often accompany the Latin text, are not included in this edition.


Imprint: [Gouda: Gerard Leeu, between 3 June 1480 and 5 Sept. 1482]. 4°.

Remarks: As dated by HPT; Sheppard dates [1480-2], ILC [before 3 June 1480].


Collation: a–k8.

Types: Type: 108 G.

Leaves: 80 leaves.

Line number: 27 lines (a3r).

Type area: Type area: 147 ×86 mm (a3r).

Illustrations: Woodcuts.


ISTC: is00448000

Hain: C 3000;

Goff: Goff S‑448;

Proctor: Pr 8932;

Others: Boekdrukkunst, 127; Campbell 947; HPT II 417; ILC 1952; Oates 3401; Sheppard 6896.

LCN: 14052797


Copy number: S-170(1)

Binding: Late nineteenth-century gold-tooled calf; gilt title on a red leather label on the spine; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 215 × 148 × 11 mm.

Size of leaf: 206 × 137 mm.

A few ‘nota' signs in a sixteenth-century hand.

Provenance: Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753). London, British Museum; black octagonal stamp indicating the Sloane collection; stamp only at front, indicating a broken-up tract volume; sale, A Catalogue of the Duplicate Books . . . of the British Museum (London: Leigh & Sotheby, 6 Mar. 1788), lot 1431. Purchased by Francis Douce (1757-1834) for £0. 15. 6; armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 118.

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