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Bod-Inc: C-140

Catullus, Gaius Valerius

Carmina (ed. Hieronymus Squarzaficus).


Analysis of Content

[a1v] [Polentonus, Sicco: Life of Catullus.] Edited by Hieronymus Squarzaficus. Allenspach–Frasso 265.

[a2r] Guarinus Veronensis [pseudo-; Campesanus, Benvenutus]: ‘Hextichum . . . in libellum Valerii Catulli'. See C‑139.

[a2r] Catullus, Gaius Valerius: [Carmina.] Catul.


Imprint: [Rome: n. pr., c.1479]. 4°.

Remarks: Tibullus, Carmina Venice: Vindelinus de Spira, 1472 (HC 4758) served as printer's copy, according to BMC and GW. Probably printed with material discarded by Han, as suggested by BMC and Sheppard. Dated by Sheppard; GW assigns to [Ulrich Han, c.1475].


Collation: [a–d8 e10].


ISTC: ic00322500

GW: GW 6388 (Anm. 1);

Hain: C 1539;


Proctor: Pr 3379;

Others: Sheppard 2694.

LCN: 14838849


Copy number: C-140(1)

Wanting [a1].

Binding: Contemporary, possibly Roman, c.1479, brown goatskin over unbevelled wooden boards. One clasp, hinging on the upper cover and secured by two star nails. Trefoil-shaped catch with pointed head, secured by three nails. Blind-tooled, with four five-line frames and three tools: (1) flower inside a lyre shape, forming the outer border; (2) rosette, impressed three times on each side of the second border; (3) lozenge with concave sides, forming the innermost border and impressed in three groups of four of the centre. Dark brown edges, originally green(?); traces of green pigment remain on the plain single headbands. Sewn on three double bands. A gilt title (England, nineteenth-century) tooled in two compartments of the spine. Pastedown and one original endleaf at each end, no watermark visible. Same border tool on Harvard, University Library, Inc. 3382.5: Ambrosius, De officiis. [Rome: Johannes Philippus de Lignamine, c.1471] (Walsh II 1321), with unidentified arms (azure a cow passant to sinister or, in chief or a spread eagle sable), a scissors watermark on the front endpaper (of the type of Briquet 3687, but not identical).

Size: 210 × 143 × 25 mm.

Size of leaf: 209 × 135 mm.

Early marginal and interlinear notes in various hands. Most notes provide Latin synonyms; some marginal notes provide brief comments. Both pastedowns ruled in black ink; on the lower are verses in a number of early hands: ‘Penelopes prima Didonis prima sequatur' (Poetae Latini minores, ed. A. Baehrens (Leipzig, 1879-81), 1.67.1), ‘Nulla prior pestis ad nocendum quam [familiaris?]', ‘Arma uirumque cano Troie qui primus ab horis Italiam fato' (Verg. A. 1.1-2), ‘Diuitias alius fuluo sibi cogerat auro et teneat culti' (Tib. 1.1.2), ‘Quid datur a diuis felici optacius hora', ‘Diuicias nuptias inducias 3 minas quod', ‘[ ]ho[ ]a naute sali memin[ ] qu[ ]a[ ] munta | Catulli tui no[ti]ficiant ante soli annis | Sum pius Eneas raptos qui et hoste penates' (Verg. A. 1.378). On [e10r] a poem of 7 sapphic strophes, written in a sixteenth-century humanist hand, on the appearance of syphilis in Europe: ‘Quisque pedicet moneo sodales: | Feminȩ vuluas fugiatis oro; | Est viri morbi necis atque causa | Femina semper.’

On [a2r] a four-line epigraphic initial ‘Q' is supplied in gold, edged in red ink with infill in red and black ink and in gold; gold dots in the inner margin. Some other epigraphic initials are supplied in red or black ink, or in gold.

Provenance: Gerardus Bethon (fifteenth/sixteenth century); signature on front pastedown: ‘Gerard[us] bethon', name below a manuscript device. Purchased for £8. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1840), 7.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 5.32.

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