Marci Hieronymi Vidae, Cremonensis, Albae Episcopi, De Arte Poetica

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by Marco Girolamo Vida

De Arte Poetica

Title page from Marci Hieronymi Vidae, Cremonensis, Albae Episcopi, De Arte Poetica, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Marci Hieronymi Vidae
Editor Thomas Tristram
Published Oxonii: E typographeo Clarendoniano
Date 1723
Edition Second
Language Latin
Volumes volume set
Pages x, 131
Desc. 12mo (17 cm.)
Location Shelf L-4
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Bookplate of Robert Maxwell of Finnebroque, Esq, title page verso.

Marco Girolamo Vida wrote a considerable amount of Latin poetry, both secular and sacred, in classical style, particular the style of Virgil. His major work was the Latin epic poem Christiados libri sex ("The Christiad in Six Books"), in the style and much of the language of Virgil.[1] He began work on it under Pope Leo X in the 1510s but did not complete it until the early 1530s.[2] It was published in 1535, well after the pope's death. The poem is an epic poem in six cantos on the life of Christ.[3]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Vida. 12mo." This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson. He later sold a copy of Marci Hieronymi Vidae, Cremonensis, Albae Episcopi, De Arte Poetica Libri Tres to the Library of Congress in 1815, but the volume no longer exists to verify Wythe's prior ownership.[4] The Brown Bibliography[5] includes a 1723 Oxford edition of De Arte Poetica based on E. Millicent Sowerby's inclusion of that title and edition in Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson. George Wythe's Library[6] on LibraryThing lists a different title, Marci Hieronymi Vidae, Cremonensis, Albae Episcopi, Christiados, and indicates "Precise edition unknown. Sowerby suggests a 1723 Oxford edition, although several other duodecimo editions were published."[7] The Wolf Law Library followed Brown's suggestion and purchased a copy of the 1723 edition of De Arte Poetica.

Signature, front free endpaper.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in full contemporary paneled calf with decorative tooling and rules to boards. Includes signature on front free-end paper, "Ex libris Robert Maxwell," and book plate of Robert Maxwell of Finnebroque, Esq on title page verso.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

See also


  1. "Marco Girolamo Vida". The Catholic Encyclopedia. 2007-03-15.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 4:476 (no.4402).
  5. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012, rev. May, 2014) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  6. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe", accessed October 28, 2015.
  7. Sowerby includes De Arte Poetica, not Cristias.