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Bod-Inc: S-346

Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius

De Vita Caesarum (comm. Philippus Beroaldus), et al.


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A2r Beroaldus, Philippus: Epistola [addressed to] Hannibal Bentivolus. Incipit: ‘Clarissimi philosophiae conditores, Inclyte Hannibal Bentiuole . . .’ See Philippus Beroaldus, Annotationes Centum, ed. Lucia A. Ciapponi, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 131 (Binghamton, NY, 1995), 5 n. 3, 9 n. 1.

[*1r] ‘Breuiarium rerum memorabilium quae commentario insunt'. Incipit: ‘Subiunximus epistolae breuiarium rerum aliquot memorabilium . . .’

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v Beroaldus, Philippus: Vita Suetonii. Incipit: ‘[C]aius Suetonius Tranquillus patrem habuit . . .’ Expl.: ‘faciliius quam imitaturus'.

a1v Plinius [Secundus, Gaius]: Historia naturalis [extract]. ‘Elogium Plinii de Iulio Caesare Dictatore'. Plin. H. N. 7. 91.1-4.

a2r Beroaldus, Philippus: Commentary on De Vita Caesarum. ‘Enarrationes in Caius Suetonius Tranquillus'. Incipit: ‘[E]giptii reges suos partim pharones partim Ptolomeos . . .’ Expl.: preconio bonitatis ornati Beroaldus refers to the work as ‘Annotamenta' in the colophon on T1r. For a methodological analysis see M.-T. Casella, ‘Il metodo dei commentatori umanistici: il Beroaldo', Studi Medievali, 3rd ser., 16, 2 (1975), 627-701, passim, comparing Beroaldus' and Sabellicus' commentaries at 649.

a2r Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius: De Vita Caesarum. See S‑336.

T1v Beroaldus, Philippus: Appendix [to the commentary addressed to] Hannibal Bentivolus. ‘Appendix Annotamentorum'. Incipit: ‘[L]ibuit has quoque annotaciunculas, inclyte Annibal Bentiuole . . .’ On this appendix see Ciapponi, 10, 13, 24 n. 2.

V2v [Note addressed to] the reader. Incipit: ‘Lector candide offendes opinor interdum offendicula . . .’ According to this note Beroaldus' commentary was edited by two ‘scholastici eruditi', perhaps Johannes Baptista Pius and Ugerius Pontremulensis.

V2v Pius, Johannes Baptista: [Epigram on the edition.] Incipit: ‘I liber Annibalis genio suffultus et aura | Nec tu nasutum rhinocerota time'; 2 elegiac distichs.

V2v Ugerius Pontremulensis, [Angelus: Epigram on the edition.] ‘Tetrastichon'. Incipit: ‘Venerit unde tibi liber hic si forte requiris | Crede mihi caelo nobile uenit opus'; 2 elegiac distichs. This epigram also appears in B‑215. See Cosenza III 3502.


Imprint: Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 5 Apr. 1493. Folio.


Collation: A4 [*]2 a–l8 m4 n–o8 p6 q–x8 y6 z &8 [us] [rum]6 A–G8 H–T6 V4.

Remarks: Collation as Sheppard; BMC collates ‘A 6  . . .'.


ISTC: is00825000

Hain: HC *15126;

Goff: Goff S‑825;

BMC: BMC VI 840;

Proctor: Pr 6623;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑617; CIBN S‑493; Oates 2498; Sheppard 5379.

LCN: 14009173


Copy number: S-346(1)

Wanting the blank leaf V4.

Binding: Contemporary German calf over bevelled wooden boards. Two metal clasps and catches. External parchment sewing guards in gatherings A, a–c, T, and V. Strips of an English/French manuscript used in binding. On both covers triple fillets form a double intersecting frame. Other later decoration added c.1690, gold-tooled, now largely tarnished. In the four corners of the outer frame, and along the vertical section nearest the spine a repeated floral stamp; at the intersections a rosette stamp; within the upper and lower sections of the inner frame lettered ‘SVETONIVS | BIBL HAL' and ‘1690'. Within the inner rectangle a repeated floral stamp. Between each pair of spine bands triple fillets form a frame, containing a repeated floral stamp; ‘184' also stamped; contemporary shelfmark ‘[ ]L a | 5.XIV' manuscript; ‘commentarius(?) | Suetonium Tranqui[l]l | üm'. ‘SVETONIVS' in contemporary manuscript in brown ink across the fore-edge. For an almost identical binding see C‑162.

Size: 316 × 213 × 77 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 202 mm.

On A6v six tetrasticha by Ausonius (Green 166-7, no.XXIII.94-117), headed ‘DE CAESARIBUS EX AUSONIO' and ‘Diuus Iulius' on a1r are supplied in a sixteenth-century German hand.

Some underlining supplied in red ink in the Breviarium.

Provenance: Halle an der Saale, Marienbibliothek; see binding. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; sale (1835), lot 3581; purchased for £0. 6. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 26.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 3.17.

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