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Bod-Inc: V-022

Valerius Maximus, Gaius

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


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.] ‘Valerius Maximus cum commento Oliuerii Arzignanensis Vicentini'.

a1v Brutus, Petrus: [Letter addressed to] Oliverius Arzignanensis. Incipit: ‘[L]ectis litteris tuis, doctissime Oliueri, mecum coepi animo uolutare . . .’ See V‑019.

a2r 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 preface see V‑017.

a3r [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 . . .’

a3r ‘Compendiosa Vita Valerii Maximi.’ Incipit: ‘Valerius Maximus ciuis Romanus patricio genere natus . . .’ expl: potest afferri.

a3v [Table.] ‘Rubricae'. Incipit: ‘Primi libri. De seruata religione . . .’

a4r [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 V‑019.

a4r Valerius Maximus, [Gaius]: ‘Prologus' [dedicating the work to] Tiberius Caesar. V. Max. Proem.

a4v Valerius Maximus, [Gaius: Facta et dicta memorabilia]. ‘De cultu deorum'. V. Max. See V‑006.

[rum]9v ‘Registrum'.


Imprint: Venice: Bonetus Locatellus, for Octavianus Scotus, 30 Apr. 1493. Folio.


Collation: a–z & [con]8 [rum]10.

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.


ISTC: iv00040000

Hain: HC *15792;

Goff: Goff V‑40;

BMC: BMC V 441;

Proctor: Pr 5042;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑22; CIBN V‑28; Rhodes 1788; Sheppard 4199.

LCN: 14800434


Copy number: V-022(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [rum]10.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf over marbled paper boards; bound for Kloß. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Blue-edged leaves. Pale blue pastedowns.

Size: 304 × 209 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 295 × 192 mm.

Some marginal notes in a sixteenth-century hand, some cropped, mainly extracting key words and phrases from the text in brown or red ink and supplying underlining. On a1r in another sixteenth-century hand the hexameter: ‘Virtus laborque uiros decet mundus . . .’

On a4r the two woodcut initial ‘V's are coloured in red, yellow, and blue. Elsewhere German initials, paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining are supplied in red; the text is enclosed within red rules. Pencilled bookseller's number ‘2588-372' on front pastedown.

Provenance: Johannes Casparus Estbrok (late sixteenth century); inscription on a1r: ‘Johannes Casparus Estbrok'. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; sale (1835), lot 3801. Purchased for £0. 4. 6; see Books Purchased (1835), 28.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 5.27.

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