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Bod-Inc: A-372

Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius

Metamorphoseon libri (comm. Philippus Beroaldus).


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page to table of contents.] ‘Tabula Apulei'.

A1r [Introduction addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Habes, lector humanissime, L. Apulei de Asino aureo tabulam uocabulorum . . .’

A1v ‘Tabula uocabulorum in libris de asino aureo.’

a1r [Title-page to the commentary.]

a2r Beroaldus, Philippus: [Letter addressed to] Petrus [Varadi], Archbishop of Colocza. Incipit: ‘[M]os fuit, antistes amplissime, statuas eorum publice dicar[i] qui aliqua illustri causa perpetuitatem meruissent . . .’

A1r Beroaldus, Philippus: ‘In commentarios Apuleianos prefatio.’ Incipit: ‘[M]agica ars, quae in maxima fuit apud priscos dignatione, tres alias artes imperiosissimas humanae mentis complexa in unam se redegisse creditur . . .’ Appendix Appuleiana, Operum omnium tomus tertius (Leiden, 1823), 3-6. On the commentary by Beroaldus see Krautter ad indicem.

A2r [Beroaldus, Philippus]: ‘Vita Lucii Apuleiii summatim relata.’ Incipit: ‘[L]ucio Apuleio afro nobili Platonico patria fuit Madaura Romani Po[puli] colonia olim splendidissima . . .’ On the text see Krautter 56-60.

A2v [Beroaldus, Philippus]: ‘Scriptoris intentio atque consilium.’ Incipit: ‘In exponendis auctoribus id quoque spectari querique solet, quae fuerit scribentis intentio atque consilium . . .’ Appendix Appuleiana, 6-7.

A2v [Beroaldus, Philippus]: Commentary on the Asinus aureus. ‘Hypothesis siue argumentum primi libri.’ Incipit: ‘Lucius Apuleius magiae noscendae cupiens Thessaliam petit, ubi artes magicae pollebant. In itinere duobus uiatoribus se tertium comitem adiungit . . .’ Appendix Appuleiana, 8-140.

A3r Apuleius Madaurensis, Lucius: [Metamorphoses sive De asino aureo.] See A‑369; with argumenta preceding each book and with commentary.

XX4v ‘Finis commentariorum.’ Incipit: ‘[H]abes, antistes maxime, commentarios Apuleianos Philippea incude formatos . . .’

XX4v [Colophon.]

XX5r [List of errata addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘[P]erlegi, lector optime, commentarios meos Apuleianos ex officina impressoris commodum exeuntes . . .’

XX5v Calcagninus, Coelius: ‘Epigramma.’ Incipit: ‘Exi lucidus undecumque Luci | Tersus, frugifer, elegans, rotundus'; 12 hendecasyllables.

XX5v Beroaldus, Philippus: ‘Endecasyllabon ad Asinum aureum.’ Incipit: ‘I dextro pede, sidere et secundo | Foelix Pannoniam petas, aselle'; 21 hendecasyllables.


Imprint: Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 1 Aug. 1500. Folio.


Collation: A B6 C a4 2A–Z & [con] [rum] AA–XX6.


ISTC: ia00938000

GW: GW 2305;

Hain: HC *1319;

Goff: Goff A‑938;

BMC: BMC VI 845;

Proctor: Pr 6647;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑657; Hillard 170; Oates 2503; Rhodes 124; Sack, Freiburg, 254; Sheppard 5399-400.

LCN: 14268187


Copy number: A-372(1)

Binding: Italian (Bologna, Benedictus Hectoris?), c.1503 half brown sheep over wooden boards bevelled inwards, the leather extending c.70 mm over the boards. Tooled in blind with a border tool formed of two three-line saltires joined to make a lozenge-shaped compartment containing a foliate cross. Remainder of the decoration hidden by nineteenth-century red leather with the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. The red leather ‘repair' presumably dates from soon after its acquisition by the Bodleian. Clasps, secured by two nails placed vertically, hinge on the upper cover. Yellow edges. Single yellow headbands. Sewn on three split thongs of white leather secured in grooves on the outside of the boards. Spine badly decayed, but apparently with three-line saltires. No pastedowns. One free endleaf at each end, no watermark. Spine reinforced between the bands by strips from parchment manuscripts. Same border-tool on Stockholm, Royal Library, Inc. 1009, Suetonius, Vitae Caesarum, cum commentariis Philippi Beroaldi, Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 1493. See Albano Sorbelli, Storia della stampa in Bologna (Bologna, 1929), 56; and at 61 for the contract between Beroaldus and Hectoris for the printing and sale of this book; also Anthony Hobson and Leonardo Quaquarelli, Legature bolognesi del rinascimento (Bologna, 1998), 11-12.

Size: 319 × 210 × 73 mm.

Size of leaf: 305 × 208 mm.

Occasional marginal notes in the hand of Scheurl.

Provenance: Christoph Scheurl (1481-1542); ‘Iste liber est mei Christoferi Schewrli Norenb[ergensis] quem emi Bon[oniæ] bon[oninis] 40 et ligaturam bon[oninis] 9 anno domini 1503'; coloured woodcut book-plate of Scheurl (School of Cranach, c.1540/1) on the front pastedown: Scheurl, with his two sons, Georg and Christoph, kneeling before a crucifix, in foreground an escutcheon with arms of Scheurl, and beside a smaller one with arms of Fütterer, the family of Scheurl's wife; the woodcut is surrounded by type-set passages of scripture, at foot ‘Liber Christ[ophori] Scheurli I[uris] V[triusque] D[octoris] qui natus est 11 Nouemb[ris] 1481 | Filii uero Georg 19 April[is] 1532 & Christ[ophorus] 3 Augus[ti] [1535]'; see C. Dodgson, Catalogue of Early German and Flemish Woodcuts in the British Museum, II 352 no. 7; Scheurl studied law in Bologna from 1498 to 1506; Philippus Beroaldus was one of his teachers; see Wilhelm Graf, Doktor Christoph Scheurl von Nürnberg, Beiträge zur Kulturgeschichte des Mittelalters und der Renaissance, 43 (Leipzig, 1930), 13-33; on lower edge inscription ‘198 Apuleius'; on front edge inscription ‘165 Apuleius', which corresponds to the late eighteenth/early nineteenth-century Catalogus aller Bücher welche sich in der alten Christoph Scheurlischen Bibliotheque vorgefunden haben (Nuremberg, Scheurl private collection, XI B.3.b): see Wagner 72-4. Probably at one time in the possession of Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854) (note in his hand on a loose sheet in the volume), but not the copy in his sale. Purchased for £2. 2. 0; see Books Purchased (1826), 2; note on the endleaf.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N inf. 2.20.

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