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Bod-Inc: B-036

Baptista Mantuanus

Parthenice prima, sive Mariana.


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A1v Badius Ascensius, Jodocus: [Letter] addressed to Laurentius Burellus. Renouard, Badius, II 102-3.

A2r [Introduction to extract from Johann Trithemius, De scriptoribus ecclesiasticis]. Incipit: ‘[U]tque in explanandis autoribus perquiri solent . . .’

A2r Trithemius, Johannes: ‘Baptiste Mantuani vita et opera'. Johannes Trithemius, De scriptoribus ecclesiasticis (Paris: Bertholdus Rembolt and Jean Petit, 16 Oct. 1512), B7r, with slight variations at the end; ed. G. A. Fabricius, Bibliotheca ecclesiatica (Hamburg, 1718), no. CMXII.

A2v ‘In sequens opus praeambula'. Incipit: ‘Titulus operis est: Parthenice Mariana . . .’

A3r ‘Tabula alphabetica'.

A5v ‘Vocabulorum . . . declaratio'.

A7r Baptista Mantuanus: [Letter addressed to] Ludovicus Fuscararius and Johannes Baptista Refrigerius. Incipit: ‘Frater Baptista Mantuanus Carmelita, Lodouico Fuscario ac Joanni Baptiste Refrigerio viris integerrimis SPD. [L]ibellum meum cui, quod Marie uirginis historiam continet, Parthenice titulus . . .’

B1r Baptista Mantuanus: ‘Apologeticon' addressed to Ludovicus Fuscararius and Johannes Baptista Refrigerius. Incipit: ‘[Q]uoniam fortasse complures rei (vt mos est) nouitate pellecti . . .’ See Coccia 138.

a1r Baptista Mantuanus: Parthenice prima, dedicated to Ludovicus Fuscararius and Johannes Baptista Refrigerius. Incipit: ‘[S]ancta Palestine repetens exordia nymphe | Difficiles ortus et formidata profundo'. See Walther, Initia, 17209 and Coccia 143. Date of publication given as Bologna, 11 Feb. 1481, on v5r.

a1r Badius Ascensius, Jodocus: [Commentary on Parthenice prima.] Incipit: ‘  “[S]ancta Palestine repetens exordia nymphe”. In hoc prooemio auctor ex instituto Latinorum poetarum res arduas . . .’

v6v Baptista Mantuanus: Ad beatam Virginem votum post febrim accerimam. Incipit: ‘[A]d tua confugio supplex altaria uirgo | Et fero nocturnas in tua templa preces'. See Walther, Initia, 467 and Coccia 137.

v7r Badius Ascensius, Jodocus(?): [Commentary on Ad beatam Virginem votum.] Incipit: ‘[A]d tua confugio. Carmen hoc votiuum quia facillimum est non egere putem explanationis . . .’


Imprint: [Paris: Georg Wolf and] Thielman Kerver, for Jean Petit [and Johann de Koblenz, after 15 Oct. 1499]. 4°.

Remarks: IGI VI assigns to Kerver alone.


Collation: A B a8 b6 c–v8.


ISTC: ib00064000

GW: GW 3288;

Hain: H 2369 (I); HC 2369; HC after 2362;

Goff: Goff B‑64;

Others: CIBN B‑48; Renouard, Badius, II 101-2 no. E 1; Rhodes 251; Sheppard 6542.

LCN: 14123431


Copy number: B-036(1)

Bound with:
2. Baptista Mantuanus, Parthenice secunda, sive Catharinaria. [Paris: Georg Wolf and] Thielman Kerver, for Jean Petit [and Johann de Koblenz, after 5 Aug. 1499] (B‑040);
3. Baptista Mantuanus, Contra poetas impudice loquentes, commentary by Jodocus Badius Ascensius. [Paris: Georg Wolf and] Thielman Kerver, for Jean Petit and Johann de Koblenz, 15 Oct. 1499 (B‑045).

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled russia; green pastedowns and a parchment index tab. Bound for the Bodleian Library; instructions to binder on front endleaf: ‘Retain the old paper at the beginning; not to be cut'; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 218 × 148 × 38 mm.

Size of leaf: 207 × 133 mm.

Some early marginal notes. Manuscript list of contents on front endleaf in a seventeenth-century(?) hand, containing the first two items, and showing that they had travelled together for some time before they received their present binding. Although the three items were probably issued together, as stated in CIBN B‑48, it seems that the copy of item three was added to this volume at a later stage.

Provenance: Guilielmus Braysicus (sixteenth century?); name (deleted) on A1r: ‘Guiluelmus Braysicus/E[ ]sing D[ ]perhus'. Items 1 and 2 were acquired in 1823 from Joseph Sams; see ‘Catalogus Bibliothecae Novae', fol. 172v; item 3 was acquired before 1674; see B‑029 and B‑045.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 5.24(1).

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