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Bod-Inc: S-338

Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius

De Vita Caesarum, et al.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Ausonius, [Decimus Magnus: De XII caesaribus.] ‘Versus Ausonii in libros Suetonii'. Prete 202 no. XII 1-5 (Green 161 no. XXIII.1-5); see S‑337.

[a1r] Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius: De Vita Caesarum. See S‑336.

[p10r] Ausonius, [Decimus Magnus: De XII caesaribus.] ‘Versus Ausonii de xii Caesaribus'. Prete 202-4 no. XII.6-41 (Green 162-3 no. XXIII.6-41); see S‑337.

[p10v] [Verse colophon.] See BMC.


Imprint: [Venice]: Nicolaus Jenson, [before July] 1471. 4°.

Remarks: The book was on sale in Germany by 6 July 1471: see Mariarosa Cortesi, ‘Incunaboli veneziani in Germania nel 1471', in Vestigia. Studi in onore di Giuseppe Billanovich, ed. R. Avesani and others, 2 vols, Storia e Letteratura, 162-3 (Rome, 1984), I 197-219, at 213.


Collation: [a–m10.12 n o10 p12].


ISTC: is00817000

Hain: H *15117;

Goff: Goff S‑817;

BMC: BMC V 170;

Proctor: Pr 4070;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑610; CIBN S‑485; Essling 207; Lowry, Jenson, 241, no. 17; Sheppard 3250-1. Microfiche. Unit 8: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part II, PI 83.

LCN: 14007680


Copy number: S-338(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [p12].

Binding: Eighteenth-century red morocco, bound by H. Walther. Gilt-edged, formerly blue-edged, leaves; marbled pastedowns; green silk bookmark.

Size: 282 × 195 × 36 mm.

Size of leaf: 271 × 176 mm.

Provenance: Possibly Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); Morelli (1787), II 2693; sale (1789), lot 7864; marked down to Peter Elmsley for £13. 2. 6. Purchased for £13. 2. 6; see Books Purchased (1789), 6.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 3.29.

Copy number: S-338(2)

Wanting the blank leaf [p12].

Binding: Blind-tooled calf; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; ‘SVETONIVS' in brown ink along the lower edge.

Size: 301 × 192 × 37 mm.

Size of leaf: 290 × 174 mm.

Copious marginal notes in a contemporary Italian cursive hand, extracting and underlining key words and personal names, and supplying brackets, pointing hands, signes de renvoi, Greek words in the blank spaces, corrections to and comments (many written in the shape of a triangle) on the text, running headings, and for some lives the abbreviated name of the emperor in the upper right-hand corner of the recto. On [p11v] an annotated genealogical table: ‘Iulius Caesar, Iulia soror Caesaris Balbi uxor genuit Acham, Acha filia Iuliae. Ex Acha et Octauio natus Octauius, qui ductus fuit Caesar Augustus et Octauia filia–ex Octauia Marcellus. Liuia Augusti uxor ex Tiberio filios duos genuit, uidelicet Tiberium et Drusum. Tiberius post Augustum regnauit . . .’

Provenance: Edward Bernard (1638-1697); not identified in Wanley's list. Presumably among the books purchased in 1697 from Bernard's widow.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: CC 19 Art (`19' in brown ink along the fore-edge); D 2.13 Art.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 3.31.

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