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Vegetius, Flavius Renatus

Epitoma rei militaris.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] [Abstract of the work.] Incipit: ‘[P]rimus liber lectionem edocet minorum . . .’ expl: prestare uictoriam Renatus Flavius Vegetius, Epitoma rei militaris, ed. M. D. Reeve (Oxford, forthcoming).

[a1r] [Table.] ‘Capitula libri primi'. Incipit: ‘[Q]ualiter Romani omnes gentes sola armorum exercitione uicerunt . . .’ Vegetius, Epitoma rei militari, ed. Reeve.

[a4r] Vegetius, Flavius Renatus: Epitoma rei militaris [addressed to Theodosius I?]. ‘In epitoma institutorum rei militaris de commentariis Cathonis Augusti Traiani Adriani necnon et Ianie(!) Frontoni in quattuor partes distinctum'. ‘Prologus primi libri'. Vegetius, Epitoma rei militari, ed. Reeve. On the transmission of Vegetius see M. D. Reeve, ‘The Transmission of Vegetius's Epitoma rei militaris’, Aevum, 74 (2000), 243-354, at 313-14 for the manuscript relations of the text in this edition, and at 346-50 on the evidence for Emperor Theodosius I as Vegetius' dedicatee. See also CTC VI 175-84, at 175-7, with mention of this edition, and C. F. Bühler, ‘The Earliest Appearance in Print of Vegetius', Gb Jb 6 (1956), 91-3.


Imprint: [Utrecht: Nicolaus Ketelaer and Gerardus de Leempt, c.1473-4]. Folio.


Collation: [a–d10 e f8].


ISTC: iv00104000

Hain: HC 15910;

Goff: Goff V‑104;


Proctor: Pr 8850;

Others: Campbell–Kronenberg 1706; CIBN V‑65; HPT II 446; ILC 2139; Sheppard 6862.

LCN: 14803121


Copy number: V-049(1)

Leaves [a1–4] made up from a smaller copy.

Binding: Nineteenth-century red morocco. Printed label, ‘LP', at head of spine. Gilt-edged leaves. Beige pastedowns.

Size: 291 × 212 × 17 mm.

Size of leaf: 281 × 197 mm.

Some pencilled marginal notes erased.

On [a4v] a six-line north European initial ‘N' is supplied in red ink with reserved white decoration. Some initials, paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining are supplied in red.

Provenance: Purchased for £21; see ‘Catalogus Bibliothecae Novae', fol. 58r; Books Purchased (1836), 34.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 5.29.

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