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De laudibus Iustini Augusti minoris, heroico carmine, libri IIII, [edited by Ruizius Assagrius], 1581
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Flavius Cresconius CORIPPUS

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CORIPPI ‖ AFRICANI ‖ GRAMMATICI ‖ DE LAVDIBVS IVSTINI AVGVSTI ‖ MINORIS, HEROICO CARMINE, ‖ LIBRI IIII. ‖ Nunc primùm è tenebris in lucem asserti; Scholiis ‖ etiam & Obseruationibus illustrati, per Michaë- ‖ lem Ruizium Assagrium Celtibêrum. ‖ Ad Serenissimum Principem Albertum S.R.E. ‖ Presbyterum Cardinalem, Archiducem Austriæ. ‖⊕ 29 ‖ ANTVERPIÆ, ‖ Ex officina Christophori Plantini, ‖ Architypographi Regij. ‖ M.D.LXXXI.


8⁰ [131]: A-F⁸; pages 1-93, [94-96] (Errors: 65 not numberd)


Number of sheets


[1]: Title
[2]: Blank
3-6: Serenissimo principi Alberto S.R.E. presbytero cardinali reverendissimo, archiduci Austriae etc. Michaël Ruizius Assagrius Celtiberus…(Madrid, 10 April 1579)
7-10: Table (marginals in roman type)
10-12: Fragment of the praefatio of De laudibus (italic type, marginals in roman type)
12-14: Item Panegyricum eiusdem in laudem Anastasii quaestoris et magistri (italic type, marginal in roman type)
15-64: Text (italic type, marginals in roman type and italic type)
[65]: AD D. ‖ MAXIMILIANVM II. ‖ AVSTRIVM, ROMANO- ‖ RVM IAM REGEM. ‖ IMPERATOREMQVE ‖ A VII. Viris Imperij Romani Principibus ‖ Electoribus designatum, Heroico car- ‖ mine votiua gratulatio
66-70: Text (italic type, part and marginals in roman type)
71-93: Michaëlis Ruizii Assagrii…scholia et observationes (parts in italic type)
[95-96]: Blank

Edition information


Museum Plantin-Moretus
- A 413

Heritage Library Hendrik Conscience Antwerp

KBR Royal Library of Belgium


Ghent University Library

British Library London

Bibliothèque nationale de France

Utrecht University Library

Bibliographical references

Reulens-de Backer, pages 224-225 (1581, no. 10).

Online bibliographical references

Note 1

Text of Corippus's eulogy of the Byzantine emperor Justinus, written about 567 (pages 15-64), preceded by some fragments: the preserved part of Corippus's foreword (10-12) and his panegyric in honour of Anastasius, quaestor et magister (12-14). First edition. Edited from a manuscript which belonged to him personally, by the Spanish scholar, Michael Ruizius Assagrius, who also provided a number of 'scholia et observationes' (71-93).

Note 2

The dedicatory to Cardinal Albert, Archduke of Austria (the later sovereign of the Southern Netherlands), is dated Madrid, 10 April 1579. It may be assumed that Ruizius prepared his edition in Spain. In the dedicatory he notes that he has been an 'alumnus' and 'domesticus' of the Habsburgs and that once in Germany he wrote an eulogy on the accession to the throne of Albert's father, Emperor Maximilian II, an eulogy which he includes in his manuscript to have it printed or rejected as it would suit Archduke Albert. In fact, the text was retained and printed on pages 65-70 (dated Frankfurt, 25 November 1562).

Note 3

When Corippus was published, Antwerp had joined the rebellion against Philip II and the contacts with Spain were practically severed. Direct transactions between Ruizius and Plantin for publishing Corippus seem all but improbable. But Mathias of Austria, brother of Cardinal Albert, played from 1577 till 1581 the card of the rebellion and resided mostly at Antwerp. It may be taken for granted that he or one of his followers passed Ruizius's text to Plantin and arranged for the publication.

Note 4

According to the colophon the printing was finished in May 1581.

Note 5

Listed in M 296, folio 3r (Corippus Africanus Grammaticus, 8, f[euilles] 6, [price:] stuivers 2), M 164, folio 6v, and M 321.

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“De laudibus Iustini Augusti minoris, heroico carmine, libri IIII, [edited by Ruizius Assagrius], 1581”, in: The Plantin Press Online. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
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