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Bod-Inc: S-245

Solinus, Gaius Iulius

Polyhistor, siue Collectanea rerum memorabilium (ed. Guilelmus Tardivus).


Analysis of Content

[*1v] Ludovicus [de Rochechouart: Poem addressed to] Guilelmus Tardivus. Incipit: ‘Lauda et mirare haec impressa uolumina lector | Scripta quibus cedit pagina quaeque manus |'; 2 elegiac distichs. Ludovicus addresses Tardivus as the editor.

[*1v] Simon de Recomadoris: [Poem addressed to] Guilelmus Tardivus. Incipit: ‘Arte noua pressos si cernis mente libellos | Ingenium totiens exuperabit opus |'; 4 elegiac distichs. BMC VIII 14, with the insertion of the word ‘Isti' in place of ‘Gaspar' in the last line; see also T‑010.

[*2r] ‘Tabula'.

[a1r] Solinus, Gaius Iulius: [Preface addressed to] Adventus. Collectanea rerum memorabilium, ed. Mommsen, 1-2; on this preface see S‑243.

[a2r] Solinus, Gaius Iulius: Polyhistor, siue Collectanea rerum memorabilium. Collectanea rerum memorabilium, ed. Mommsen, 3-216; see S‑243. In this edition the text is divided into 58 chapters. See also CTC VI 75.


Imprint: [Paris]: Au Soufflet Vert, [c.1474]. 4°.

Remarks: As dated by Sheppard; CIBN dates to [c.1474-5].


Collation: [*4 a–d10 e12 f–i10 k12].


ISTC: is00617000

Hain: HC 14876;

Goff: Goff S‑617;


Proctor: Pr 7897;

Others: CIBN S‑303; Sheppard 6107.

LCN: 14124803


Copy number: S-245(1)

The text is differently set from that of the British Library copy, but agrees with that reproduced by A. Claudin, Histoire de l'imprimerie en France (Paris, 1900), I 157: ‘[C]um et aurium clemētia et optimarū | artiū ſtudiis . . .’

Binding: Eighteenth-century mottled calf; the spine gold-tooled; red-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; blue silk bookmark.

Size: 216 × 147 × 24 mm.

Size of leaf: 210 × 141 mm.

A sixteenth-century French hand supplies the inscription ‘Fac mihi Pierios labris contingere fluctus | Ut ualeam laudes [ ] ferre tuas| tu caput es cleri . . .' on [*1r]. Some marginal notes in Robelin's hand, extracting key words and supplying the inscription ‘Seneca | Tristiores uidebis quos fortuna destituit quam quos numquam aspexit' (on [k12v]). ‘3896' in pencil on the recto of the front endleaf.

On [a1r] the heading is supplied by hand in gold, and underlined in red. Initials are supplied in blue or red, most with a gilt outline and gilt pen-work within the body of the letter. Paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue, most outlined with gilt. Chapter headings are underlined in red. Some capital letters are given flourishes in red.

Provenance: J. de Soumaing (fifteenth/sixteenth century); inscription ‘J. de Soumaing' in blue ink on [k12r]. [ ] Robelin (sixteenth century); inscription ‘Robelin in Collegio Marchie' (University of Macerata?) on [a1r]. Purchased for £3. 3. 0; see ‘Catalogus Bibliothecae Novae', fol. 108r; Books Purchased (1836), 31.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O inf. 1.49.

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