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Bod-Inc: S-244

Solinus, Gaius Iulius

Polyhistor, siue Collectanea rerum memorabilium.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Solinus, Gaius Iulius: [Preface addressed to] Adventus. ‘Cai. Iulii Solini rerum memorabilium collectanee. Solinus Aventino salutem.’ Incipit: ‘[C]um et aurium clementia et optimarum artium ...’ [a2r] Explicit: ‘... in pectus tuum velim ac scribere.’ Collectanea rerum memorabilium, ed. Mommsen, 1-2; on this preface see S‑243.

[a2r] [Table.] Incipit: ‘I. De origine urbis Rome.’ [a4v] Explicit: ‘... Hesperidesque atque fortunate. Laus Deo.’

[b1r] [Solinus, Gaius Iulius: Polyhistor, sive] Collectanea rerum memorabilium. ‘’ ‘De origine et temporibus urbis Rome et mensibus et diebus itercalaribus. Capitulum primum.’ Incipit: ‘[S]unt qui videri velint urbis Rome vocabulum ...’ [n10r] Explicit: ‘... Ideoque non penitus ad nuncupationem suam congruere insularum qualitatem.’ Collectanea rerum memorabilium, ed. Mommsen, 3-216; see S‑243, and CTC VI 75 for this edition.


Imprint: [Rome: Johannes Schurener, de Bopardia?, 1474-5]. 4° and 8°.

Secundo folio: cohandi nos quoque a capite orbis ...


Collation: [a4 b–i10 k l8 m n10].

Leaves: 120 ll.


ISTC: is00616000

Hain: HC 14874;

Goff: Goff S‑616;


Proctor: Pr 3490;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑481; CIBN S‑304; Oates 1410; Sheppard 2801.

LCN: 14124853


Copy number: S-244(1)

The second sheet of gathering [l] is quarto. Variant setting of heading on [b1r]: ‘Capitulum primum De origine | et tēporibus urbis Rome et men | ſibus et diebus intercalaribus'.

Binding: Seventeenth-century mottled calf; the title in gilt on a tan leather label on the spine; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; red-edged leaves and a few gilt-edged leaves ([c2-7]); marbled pastedowns; two green silk bookmarks.

Size: 203 × 145 × 32 mm.

Size of leaf: 195 × 123 mm.

Some marginal notes in a contemporary Italian hand (some washed), extracting key words and supplying brackets. Vertical manuscript catchwords at the end of each quire. ‘Emptus Viterbij 69.90' on [n9v].

Three- to five-line initials are supplied in red.

Provenance: Luigi Serra, 4th Duca di Cassano (1747-1825); see Catalogo, 38; the copy of Suetonius' De grammaticis, noted as bound after the Solinus, has been removed. George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); sale (1821), lot 300; purchased for £4. 4. 0; see the Bodleian's annotated sale catalogue and Books Purchased (1821), 13.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 5.19.

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