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Bod-Inc: V-019

Valerius Maximus, Gaius

Facta et dicta memorabilia (comm. and ed. Oliverius Arzignanensis).


Analysis of Content

[*2r] Oliverius Arzignanensis: [Letter addressed to] Petrus Brutus, Bishop of Kotor. Incipit: ‘[Q]uamquam mihi negatum erat ocium, Reverendissime Pater . . .’ Oliverius introduces both his editing of the text and his commentary. On this letter, and Oliverius's comments on Pallacinus's commentary see V‑017.

[*2v] [List of 120 ancient authors referred to in the commentary.] ‘Quos . . . sum auctores imitatus . . . numero supra centum et uiginti omnes hic breuiter collecti'. Incipit: ‘Plinius de historia naturali, Plinus de uiris illustribus . . .’

[*3r] Brutus, Petrus: [Letter addressed to] Oliverius Arzignanensis. Incipit: ‘[L]ectis litteris tuis, doctissime Oliueri, mecum coepi animo uolutare . . .’ In this letter Brutus criticizes the commentary falsely ascribed to Leonicenus and praises that of Oliverius; see CTC V 361.

[*4r] ‘Compendiosa Vita Valerii Maximi.’ Incipit: ‘Valerius Maximus ciuis Romanus patricio genere natus . . .’ expl: potest afferri.

[*4v] [Table.] ‘Rubricae'. Incipit: ‘Primi libri. De seruata religione . . .’

a1r [Oliverius Arzignanensis: Commentary on Facta et dicta memorabilia.] Incipit: ‘  “[U]rbis Romae exterarumque gentium facta simul ac dicta memoratu digna . . .” [V. Max. 1. 1. 1] In hac praefatione Valerius seruat quod proprium est exordii . . .’ See CTC V 364.

a1r Valerius Maximus, [Gaius]: ‘Prologus' [dedicating the work to] Tiberius Caesar. Edited by Oliverius Arzignanensis as stated in his preface. V. Max. Proem.

a1v Valerius Maximus, [Gaius]: Facta et dicta memorabilia. ‘De cultu deorum'. Edited by Oliverius Arzignanensis as stated in his preface. V. Max.

F6r ‘Registrum Cartharum'.


Imprint: Venice: Johannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, de Forlivio, 8 Mar. 1487. Folio.


Collation: [*4] a–ſ s–z & A–D8 E F6.


ISTC: iv00036000

Hain: CR 5928;

Goff: Goff V‑36;

BMC: BMC V 340;

Proctor: Pr 4510;

Others: CIBN V‑25; Sheppard 3882.

LCN: 14802620


Copy number: V-019(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [*1].

Binding: Eighteenth-century red morocco, the spine gold-tooled. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 307 × 212 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 192 mm.

A contemporary north European hand supplies some underlining and a few corrections to the text in brown ink.

On a1r a five-line initial ‘U' is supplied on a red ground with gilt pen-work, the space within the body of the letter filled with a pattern of flowers in red, blue, and green on a beige ground. Elsewhere initials are supplied in red or blue, some in interlocked red and blue. Paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue ink. The text is enclosed within red rules.

Provenance: Richard Heber (1773-1833); see Catalogue, 6 (1835), lot 3928; marked down for £1. 12. 6 in annotated sale catalogue but see printed price £2. 12. 6 in Books Purchased (1835), 28.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 5.24.

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