Suetonius et al., Vitae Caesarum 1547

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Suetonius et al., Vitae Caesarum 1547

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VITAE CAESARVM | QVARVM SCRIPTORES HI | [in two columns:] C. Suetonius Tranquillus | Dion Caſsius | Aelius Spartianus | Iulius Capitolinus | Aelius Lampridius | Vulcatius Gallicanus | Trebellius Pollio | Flauius Vopiſcus | Herodianus | Sex. Aurelius Victor | Pomponius Lætus | Io. Baptiſta Egnatius | [In one column:] Eutropij libri x. integritati prſtinæ redditi. | Ammianus Marcellinus longe alius quàm antehac unquam. | Annotationes D. Eraſmi Rot. & Baptiſtæ Egnatij in uitas Cæſs. || Acceſſerunt in hac editione Velleij Paterculi libri II. ab innumeris | denuo uendicati erroribus, addito Indice copioſiſsimo. | [publisher’s device] | BASILEÆ MD XLVI

COLLATION:

folio in 6s: α-β6 [$4 signed], A-P6 [$4 signed], Q8 [$5 signed], R-Z6 [$4 signed], Aa-Qq6 [$4 signed], Rr8 [$5 signed], Ss-Zz6 [$4 signed], Aaa=Bbb6 [$4 signed], Ccc4 [$3 signed], Ddd6 [$4 signed]

Pagination top outside corner, starting with 1 on a1r and ending with 810 on Xx5v.

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Ddd5: α β a b c d e f g h i k l m n o p q r s t u x y z. A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R | S T V X Y Z. Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss | Tt Vu Xx Yy Zz. Aaa Bbb Ccc Ddd. Omnes terniones, præter Q Rr | quaterniones, & Ccc duernionem. || BASILEAE PER HIERONYMVM FROBENIVM | ET NIC. EPISOCOPIVM MENSE SE- | PTEMBRI, M. D. XLVI.

CONTENTS:

Running heads list author on verso and emperor on recto. Reversed for Johannis Baptistae Egnatii p728ff.
Catchwords throughout.
Historiated initials throughout, many of which include labeled Greek figures (e.g., Hercules, Alexander, Diogenes). These appear to be by Holbein, originally made for Froben’s Plutarch of 1520.

α1r: Title. α1v: Life of the author, headed C. SVETONII TRANQVILLI VITA. α2r: Dedication, headed ILLUSTRISSIMIS SAXO | NIAE DVCIBVS, FEDERICO SACRI IMPERII ELECTORI ETC. α4v: Note to reader, headed ERASMVS ROTERDAMVS CANDIDO LECTORI S. D. α5r: Index to annotations to Suetonius Tranquillus. β4r: Index to annotations to Aelius Spartianus.

C Suetonii Tranquilli:
1: D Julius Caesar. 18: D Octavius Caesar Augustus. 41: Tiberius Caesar. 57: C Caesar Caligula. 70: D Claudius Caesar. 81: Nero Claudius Caesar. 95: Sergius Galba. 100: Otho Silvius. 103: Aulus Vitellius. 107: D Vespasianus Augustus. 113: Divus Titus. 115: Flavius Domitianus.

Dionis Cassii Nicaei:
122: Nerva Cocceius. 123: Trajanus Nerva. 130: Adrianus. 135: Conflagratio Vesevi Montis.

Aelii Spartiani:
137: Hadrianus Imperator. 145: Aelius Verus ad Diocletianum Augustum.

Iulii Capitolini:
147: Antoninus Pius. 151: Antoninus Philosophus. 160: Verus Imperator.

Aelii Lampridii:
166: Commodus Antoninus.

Iulii Capitolini:
172: Perinax Imp.

Vulgatii Gallicani V. C.:
176: Avidius Cassius.

Aelii Spartiani:
180: Severus. 187: Pescennius Niger. 191: Antonius Caracallus. 194: Antoninus Geta.

Aelii Lampridii:
196: Antoninus Heliogabalus. 205: Antoninus Diadumenus.

Iulii Capitolini:
208: Opilius Macrinus. 212: Clodius Albinus.

Aelii Lampridii:
217: Alexander Severus.

Iulii Capitolini:
234: Maximini Duo. 242: Gordiani Tres. 251: Maximus et Balbinus.

Trebellii Pollionis:
256: Valerianus Pater et Filius. 258: Gallieni Duo. 264: Triginta Tyranni. 276: Divus Claudius.

Flavii Vopisci:
281: Divus Aurelianus. 293: Tacitus. 296: Florianus. 298: Probus. 305: Firmus Saturninus. 306: Saturninus. 308: Proculus. 308: Bonosus. 309: Carus. 311: Numerianus. 313: Carinus.

Herodiani Historiae de Imperio Post Marcum:
316: Liber Primus. 327: Liber Secundus. 337: Liber Tertius. 347: Liber Quartus. 356: Liber Quintus. 362: Liber Sextus. 398: Liber Septimus. 377: Liber Octavus.

383: De Vita et Moribus Imperatorum Rom • Excerpta

401: Eutropii V C Historiae Romanae Libri

433: Romanae Historiae Compendiun ab Interitu

473: Ammiani Marcellini Rerum Gestarum

Iohannis Baptistae Egnatii:
685: Veneti Romanorum Principum. 728: Annotations.

764: Greek-Latin translations.

765: Illustrissimo Saxoniae.

C Velleii Paterculi
766: Vita Velleii Paterculi. 768: Historiae Romanae.

Xx6: Blank leaf

Yy1: Index.

BINDING

Parchment.
Pen-written title on spine partially occluded by damage. Legible fragment says “[…]toria Augusta”. Small sticker on spine with pen-written “3142″. Damage reveals page printed with blackletter type used as binding material.

NOTES

Overall dimensions 13 1/4 inches tall, 9 1/2 inches wide.
Type is Venetian style. Slanted crossbar on /e/, two-way serifs atop /A/, /M/, /N/.
No evident watermarks.
Paper note pasted inside front cover: “This volume is part of the Bishop Seghers Collection which the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria has placed on deposit with the University of Victoria for the convenience of the community of scholars. + Remi J. De Roo, S. T. D. Bishop of Victoria 1976”
Inscribed top left inside cover “Hh.5.”
Handwritten notes on small sheet inserted at p35.
Marginal notes p137.
Blank leaf at Q8 along with exceptional quire of 8 leaves suggests this was the end of the book at some point.

Craig Eliason
Understanding the Pre-Digital Book
DHSI2017

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