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Burtius, Nicolaus

Opusculum musices.


Analysis of Content

a2r Burtius, Nicolaus: [Prefatory letter, in defence of Guido d'Arezzo, addressed to poor clerics and members of religious orders.] Nicolaus Burtius, Florum libellus, ed. Giuseppe Massera (Florence, 1975), 53-6.

a3v Burtius, Nicolaus: ‘Descriptio libelli'. Burtius, Florum libellus, ed. Massera, 56-7.

a4v Burtius, Nicolaus: Opusculum musices. Burtius, Florum libellus, ed. Massera, 59-127, 135-80. See Nicolaus Burtius, Musices opusculum, trans. Clement A. Miller, Musicological Studies and Documents, 37 (Neuhausen and Stuttgart, 1983).

i3v Burtius, Nicolaus: [Verse addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Dulcia qui temptas vocum modulamina scire | Hunc eme qui facili sub breuitate docet'; 15 elegiac distichs. Burtius, Florum libellus, ed. Massera, 180-1.


Imprint: Bologna: Ugo Rugerius, for Benedictus Hectoris, 30 Apr. 1487. 4°.


Collation: a–h8 i4.

Illustrations: Ten woodcuts, four schematic and six of musical notation.


ISTC: ib01331000

GW: GW 5796;

Hain: HC *4145;

Goff: Goff B‑1331;

BMC: BMC VI 807, XII 58;

Proctor: Pr 6565;

Others: CIBN B‑938; Oates 2483; Sander 1472; Sheppard 5313.

LCN: 13985039


Copy number: B-619(1)

Formerly bound in 4° F 13 Art. with:
J. Faber Stapulensis, Musica. Paris, 1552;
Compendium, sive Tractatus, musices. Venice: Johannes Baptista Sessa, 21 Nov. 1499 (C‑404);
MS. Bodl. 77;
Bonaventura de Brixia, Regula musice plane. [Milan]: n. pr., 1501;
Hugo de Sancto Caro, Expositio missae, seu Speculum ecclesiae. [Rome: Johannes Reinhardi, c.1476] (H‑234); removed and rebound separately in May 1822; see manuscript note in 4o F 13 Art.; but see the unsigned note by David Rogers on verso of front endleaf stating that the items were bound separately between 1620 and 1655.

Binding: Nineteenth-century grey calf with gold fillets; bound for the Bodleian Library; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers.

Size: 191 × 144 × 17 mm.

Size of leaf: 184 × 132 mm.

Proverbs in an early hand on a1r: ‘Virtus laudata crescit' (Walther, Proverbia, 33679a), ‘Virtus unita est fortior omnium', ‘Moderata durant' (Walther, Proverbia, 14994), ‘Nichil crudelius quam familiaris inimicus', ‘Nichil crudelius infesta muliere'; also Greek translation of the last Latin proverb.

Provenance: Acquired by 1605: see James, Catalogus (1605), 296.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: 4° F 13 Art.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q inf. 2.6.

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