The Goucher Library Copies of Editions of Works Allegedly and Actually by the Venerable Bede

Liber scintillarum : opus / Vener. Bedae presbyteri ... nuper inventum & ą revern. D. Antonio Gangutia siculo ..
Romę : Apud Antonium Bladum, 1560
Special Collections/Archives PN6084 .B44 1560 LIB USE ONLY
Descript [1], 148, [2] leaves ; 21 cm
Note Marginalia (mostly illegible) on title page.

        This is pseudonymous work, published under Bede's more famous name so that the work of its author, the lesser-known Defensor, a monk of Liguge, would be reproduced more often because it was thought to be by Bede.  Contrast that "reverse plagiarism," which was fairly common in the medieval period, with the more typical practices of modern authors!


Handsewn goatskin with raised bands

Title Page

Owner's inscription: "S. Bonau Venitiano"

Other owners' library shelf-marks


The Illustrious and Reverend Doctor Monaldo, Canon of the Basilica of St. Peter's (Rome) introduces Bede

To the readers

Explaining the concept of a "scintillarum" or collection of excerpts from Bede's work

First page of text with introductory note

Last page of text

Note the "finis" statement following manuscript tradition of the "explicit" indicating the end of a complete text

Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum. English : The history of the church of Englande / compiled by the Venerable Bede ; translated out of Latin in to English by Thomas Stapleton, student in divinite 

Antwerp : John Laet, 1565
Special Collections/Archives BR746 .B4 1565 LIB USE ONLY
Descript [14], 192, [9] leaves : ill. ; 19.2 cm
Note Leaves 165-168 misnumbered 164; 161, 162, 163, 164, 169, 170, etc.
"Imprinted at Antwerp by Iohn Leat, at the signe of the Rape: with Priuilege,Anno, 1565."  

        This edition is actually by Bede, though now translated from Latin into Early Modern English by Stapleton.  Images are available from the Library catalog for this Library of Congress number: BR746 .B4 1565

Historię ecclesiasticę gentis anglorum libri quinque, auctore Sancto & Venerabili Beda ... Una cum reliquis ejus operibus historicis in unum volumen collectis. Cura et studio Johannis Smith
Cantabrigię, Typis Academicis, 1722
Special Collections/Archives FOLIO 274.2 B39 1722 LIB USE ONLY
Descript [8] p.l., 823 p., [7] l., [3] leaves of plates. ill., fold. map. 41 cm

        This is Bede's work in Latin edited by a modern English scholar.

Cover (boards off, sewing fairly intact after first sig.)

First Title Page

Formal Title Page with Two-Color Printing

Printer's Title Page

Note the praise of the type-setter

End of Notes: Special Anglo-Saxon Characters Explained

First Page of Book I, Chapter 1

Note parallel text, Anglo-Saxon/Latin, with annotations in the right column and MS variants in A-S in left margin, all fully justified