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Bod-Inc: C-143

Catullus, Gaius Valerius



Analysis of Content

a2r Juliarius, Jacobus: [Letter addressed to] Antonius Parthenius.

a2v Parthenius, Antonius: [Letter addressed to] Julius Pomponius [Laetus]. CTC VII 224-5.

a2v Parthenius, Antonius: [Preface to] ‘In Catullum commentationes'. CTC VII 225-6.

a2v Parthenius, Antonius: [Introductory verse addressed to his book.] CTC VII 225.

a3r ‘Catulli vita'. Incipit: ‘[C]aius Valerius Catullus nobilis inter Latinos lyricos poeta Verone natus . . .’ Partly printed in CTC VII 226.

a3v [History of lyric poetry.] CTC VII 226-7.

a4r Parthenius, Antonius: [Commentary on Carmina.] Incipit: ‘  “[Q]uoi dono lepidum nouum libellum”. In hoc primo epigrammate poeta Cornelio Nepoti amico . . .’ Partly printed in CTC VII 227. On the commentary, see CTC VII 223-4, and Julia Haig Gaisser, ‘Catullus and his First Interpreters: Antonius Parthenius and Angelo Poliziano', Transactions of the American Philological Association, 112 (1982), 83-106; Gaisser, Renaissance Readers, 85-96.

a4r Catullus, Gaius Valerius: [Carmina.] Catul.

i7r [Colophon.]

i7v Parthenius, Antonius: [Valedictory letter addressed to the reader.] CTC VII 227.


Imprint: Brescia: Boninus de Boninis, de Ragusia, 21 Apr. 1486. Folio.

Remarks: A reissue of the edition of 6 Apr. 1485 (Pr 6961), with the date in the colophon changed.


Collation: a–h6 i8.


ISTC: ic00324000

GW: GW 6391;

Hain: H 4761 (II); C 1538;

Goff: Goff C‑324;

Proctor: Pr 6969;

Others: Sheppard 5768; Veneziani, Brescia, 55.

LCN: 14838872


Copy number: C-143(1)

Bound with:
2. Albius Tibullus, Elegiae. Brescia: Boninus de Boninis, de Ragusia, 18 Feb. 1486 (T‑209);
3. Sextus Aurelius Propertius, Elegiae. Brescia: Boninus de Boninis, de Ragusia, 16 Mar. 1486 (P‑481);
4. Aulus Persius Flaccus, Satyrae. [Treviso: Paulus de Ferraria], 1481 (P‑136(1));
5. Publius Papinius Statius, Silvarum libri V. [Venice: Printer of Cicero, ‘De officiis' (H *5268), c.1481-2] (S‑294(1)).

Wanting the blank leaf a1.

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century quarter brown morocco, over light-brown paper boards. Manuscript names of authors on lower edge: ‘Catull. Tibull. Proper . . .' indicating that the items were together from early times. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 312 × 210 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 304 × 204 mm.

Early marginal and interlinear notes, in at least two different hands, one adding to the commentary; one frequently correcting the text occurs in all items. On a2r of item 1, two verses, written in the same fifteenth/sixteenth-century humanist hand: ‘Benedictus Pampl', with incipit, ‘Ducite gardenses choreas nunc ducite nymphe | Spectatum gaudet Lesbia gaudiolum' and ‘Hieronymus Bononius', with incipit, ‘Delituit dudum tenebrosa nocte Catullus | Abditus et solo nomine notus erat'; also list of contents in an eighteenth-century(?) hand.

Provenance: Johannes Augustinus Castellanus (fifteenth/sixteenth-century); inscription on a2r: ‘Jo. Augustini Castellani Notarii F[orum]. Julii . . .’ Purchased from Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Catalogue (1830), no. 753, for £3. 3. 0; see Books Purchased (1830), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N inf. 2.27(1).

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