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Legatum ex Testamento amicissimi Viri, Thomæ Crofts, M. A. Anno MDCCLXXXI.”
This copy is perfect, and has the letter of Demetrius Cretensis both in Greek and Latia, which De Bure had not seen.
Dr. Askew's Lascaris of this date was purchased for the Royal library for 21l. 10s. and this was very cheap. It would now produce at least 50 pounds.
There was no copy, either in the Pinelli or the Valliere Collections.
It is also not unworthy of remark, that an edition of Lascaris was the first book published at the Aldine Press. It appeared in 1494.
IGNATII SANCTI MARTYRIS
AN edition of the Epistles of Ignatius was published by Dr. Aldrich, of Christ Church, at the Clarendon Press in 1708.
In the copy of this work which is in the Cracherode Collection, we find the following letter in Dr. Aldrich's hand writing.
Exeellentissimo atq. Illustrissimo Dom. D. Henrico Newton Serenissimæ Britanniarum Re. ginæ ad Celsissimum Etruriæ Principem Le
Excellentissime atq. Illustrissime Domine,
Qui inter ardua Reipublicæ negotia bonis unà literis inservire satagis ; hisce S. Ignatii reliquijs vacare ne recuses, Quæ tua potissimum ope in publicum jam prodeunt. Pro Tuis, Vir Illustrissime, in rem literariam beneficijs, gratias per me agit Bibliotheca Bodleiana ; Quæ inter pretiosa Veterum Scriptorum, monumenta MSM. a. Te donatum gratissimè conservat. Si quid Illa habeat, Tuis Studiis quoquo modo pro
fecturum, fecturum, Id Tibi perlibenter offert, minime dubitans, quin novam indies daturus sis gratitudini materiam.
d. Chr. Oxon.
Cal. Jan. 8. A. D. 1707.
Vogt thus notices the edition of S. Ignatius's Epistles, which forms the subject of this article.
Ignatii Epistolarum septem genuinarum, Oxonii in Theatro Sheldoniano An. 1708, in 8. typis exscriptarum, centum duntaxat exempla impressa sunt. Vid. Schelhornij Amenitat. T. 11. p. 391. sqq.”
THERE were two editions of Lactantius published in the same year at Venice, viz. in 1478, One,“ impendio Joannis di Colonia, Joannisque Manthen de Gheretzen, 27 Augusti,” the other by Andreas de Pattasichis Catarensis and Boninus de Boninis xii. Martii. Both in folio. The last is the most rare, but the former by far the most elegant book,
The first edition of Lactantius was published, In Monasterio Sublacensi, in 1465.
A copy of this most rare book was purchased for the King of France from the Valliere Collection for 1830 livres.
There is a most superb copy of this book in the Cracherode Collection, as well as of the edition of 1471. In this last is the following note by Mr. Cracherode.
“A vero aberravit Audiffredy, p. 124, dicens Adamuin Lactantii hujus impressorem esse eundem qui Ciceronis Orationes Anno 1472 edidit; nulla enim est inter utriusque characterem pasitas. Adeoque Adamus Lactantii Impressor longe discrepat ab Adamo Ciceronem imprimente, et etiam uterque discrepat ab Adamo Rot Dominici de Sancto Geminiano lecturam super secunda parte decretalium inprimenti, id probante etiam dilucide Characterum disparitate.