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Bod-Inc: V-052

Vegetius, Flavius Renatus

Epitoma rei militaris (ed. Johannes Sulpitius).


Analysis of Content

[a1v] Sulpitius Verulanus, Johannes [Antonius: Letter addressed to] Petrus Paulus de Comite. Incipit: ‘Chari discipuli fidus praeceptor . . .’ Johannes Sulpitius states: ‘Tres de ea re scriptores egregios quos nuperrime recognoui, Vegetium, Aelianum, et Frontinum simul coniunxi et ut emendatissimi in tuas et in aliorum manus uenirent effeci . . .’

[a2r] Vegetius, Flavius Renatus: Epitoma rei militaris [addressed to] Valentinianus Augustus, but wrongly. The true dedicatee is probably Theodosius I. Edited by Johannes Antonius Sulpitius Verulanus, as stated in the opening letter. ‘Epitoma institutorum rei militaris ex commentariis Catonis, Celsi, Traiani, Hadriani, et Frontini'. See V‑049. To prepare this edition Johannes Sulpitius used the manuscript Naples, Bibl. Naz. V A 22, annotated by him; see Reeve, ‘Epitoma rei militaris’, 289. On the doubtful evidence of Valentinianus as Vegetius' dedicatee see Reeve, ‘Epitoma rei militaris’, 350 and n. 205.


Imprint: Rome: Eucharius Silber, 29 Jan. 1487. 4°.

Remarks: In the same year Silber printed Aelianus Tacticus (A‑041), Frontinus (F‑109), and Modestus (M‑287). The books were conceived as a unit; see the dedicatory letter from Johannes Sulpitius above. Goff, CIBN, and others list the books under the common heading ‘Scriptores rei militaris'; under such a heading are listed in this catalogue two more editions containing the same texts, one printed by Eucharius Silber in 1494 (S‑120), which also contains a Latin translation of Onosander, Strategicus, another printed by Franciscus Plato de Benedictis in 1495-6 (S‑121), edited by Philippus Beroaldus, who rearranged the order of appearance of the texts, but the edition is otherwise based on Sulpitius'.


Collation: [a–f8 g10].


ISTC: iv00106500

Hain: HC 15913;

Goff: Goff S‑343 (A);

BMC: BMC IV 107;

Proctor: Pr 3824;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑62; CIBN S‑171 (pt); Oates 1528; Sheppard 3018-19.

LCN: 14803077


Copy number: V-052(1)

Bound with A‑041(1); see there for details of binding, manuscript notes, and provenance.

Size of leaf: 198 × 127 mm.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 4.12(1).

Copy number: V-052(2)

Wanting [b4], lost after Amerbach's pagination, of which it was pp. 22-3.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Green-edged leaves (or possibly blue-edged).

Size: 188 × 142 × 12 mm.

Size of leaf: 182 × 133 mm.

A few marginal notes, mainly extracting key words and providing corrections to the text, in a sixteenth-century hand, in brown or red ink. Some marginal notes in Amerbach's hand, mainly extracting author's name, identifying quotations, and underlining the text; also providing manuscript pagination: 1-114. On [a7r] a marginal note along the margin in Abel Lenzius' hand, dated 1702. Again on [c7r] some music on staves signed by Lenzius.

Provenance: Isaac Amerbach (fl. 1556); inscription on [a1r]: ‘Isaacus Amerbachius Nordling. 1556 4 Januarij'. Johannes Khóberl (fl. 1621); inscription on the same leaf: ‘Sum Johannis Khóberl. Nordlingensis Rhaeti 1625'. Abel Lenzius (fl. 1650); inscription on the same leaf: ‘Abelis Lenzii. Ulm, 1650'. Scar of book-plate, now removed. Purchased for £0. 7. 6; see Books Purchased (1828), 28.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O inf. 1.2

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