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Bod-Inc: T-088


Enarrationes in epistolas S. Pauli (trans. Christophorus Persona).


Analysis of Content

[a1v] [Persona, Christophorus: Preface addressed to] Sixtus IV, Pont. Max. Incipit: ‘[C]um mecum animo uolutarem B. P. cui potissimum id opus inscriberem . . .’ Explicit: non mediocris

[a2r] Athanasius [pseudo-; Theophylactus]: Enarrationes in epistolas S. Pauli. Translated by Christophorus Persona, as stated in the colophon. ‘In prima Pauli ad Romanos epistola Athanasii prologus'. Incipit: ‘[S]acrarum litterarum frequentior lectio ad sui cognitionem homines ducit . . . [P]aulus nec Moyses ipse nec eius posteri plerique . . .’ On the translation see R. Ètaix, ‘Les sermons de saint Jean Chrysostome traduits par Cristoforo Persona', Revue des études augustiniennes, 30 (1984), 42-7, at 43 and 47 where BAV, Chigi R V 32 (Gr. 26) is suggested as a possible manuscript on which the translation might be based; see also Livia Martinoli Santini, ‘Le traduzioni dal greco', in Un pontificato ed una città, 81-101, note 44.

[I5r] [Colophon.]

[I5v] [Explicit.] Incipit: ‘[A]d Romanos ex Corintho scribit apostolus quos nondum uiderat . . .’ Explicit: posset moles imponi


Imprint: Rome: Ulrich Han, 25 Jan. 1477. Folio.


Collation: [a–g10 h i8 k6 l m10 n4 o p10 q r8 s t10 v8 x10 y6 A–C10 D6 E–H10 I6].


ISTC: it00156000

Hain: H *1902;

Goff: Goff T‑156;


Proctor: Pr 3374;

Others: BSB‑Ink T‑157; CIBN A‑640; Sheppard 2687.

LCN: 14100948


Copy number: T-088(1)

Binding: Contemporary(?) Italian(?) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards; four clasps hanging from the upper cover and four catches on the lower cover lost. ‘ATHANASII IN EPI. PAVL.' along the fore-edge. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; rebacked. Triple fillets form a quintuple frame.

Size: 340 × 230 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 330 × 220 mm.

Erased inscription on the outer margin of [a2r]: ‘Sacre l[ ] | Capitolar(?) | H [ ] 605(?) | B | V - IS'. Early signatures partially visible.

On [a2r] an Italian (Roman) three-quarter white vine-stem borders on a blue, red, and green ground edged in gold, incorporating a six-line epigraphic initial ‘P' painted in gold; foliate extensions with some gold dotting in the outer margin. In a wreath in the lower margin, a coat of arms is sustained by two putti; see Pächt and Alexander II, 108 no. pr. 36 [pl. lxxxvi], where it is suggested that the style is related to that of Joachinus de Gigantibus [no. 355 and pl. xxxiii]. Similar initials are supplied elsewhere. Smaller initials are supplied in gold within a square blue ground with white pen-work decoration, the area defined by the letter in red, or red and green.

Provenance: Petrus Varadi (1450-1501); coat of arms, in a wreath within the border on [a2r], a shield surmounted by a cardinal's hat: per fess, azure and gules, in chief two stars or, in base fleur-de-lis; identification by Dr Klara Csapodi-Gárdonyi [note made in the Bodleian's annotated copy of Pächt and Alexander II, kept in Duke Humfrey's Library]. On the front pastedown: ‘1512 die 23 augusti emptus fuit hic liber pro Carl[ini?]' sexdecim'. Sir Mark Masterman Sykes (1771-1823); purchased at his sale (1824), lot 323, for £5. 5. 0; see Books Purchased (1824), 2.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. P 3.20.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q inf. 2.20.

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