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a1r Balbus, Hieronymus: [Prefatory letter addressed to] Johannes Guillard. Incipit: ‘Macte noua virtute puer. Sic itur ad astra. Licet enim me eodem versu te alloqui . . .’ Explicit: sit amplius requirendum. Vale et nos ama See Percy Stafford Allen, ‘Hieronymus Balbus in Paris', English Historical Review, 17 (1902), 417-28, at 421.
a2r Diomedes: Ars grammatica II–III. Keil, Grammatici latini, I 420-92.
f1r Phocas: De nomine et verbo. Keil, Grammatici latini, V 410-39.
g8r Donatus, [Aelius]: De octo partibus orationis [Ars maior parts II and III]. Keil, Grammatici latini, IV 372-92.
I2v Donatus, [Aelius]: De barbarismo. Keil, Grammatici latini, IV 392-402.
Imprint: [Paris: Ulrich Gering, 1478-82]. 4°.
Remarks: GW dates [c.1480]. Allen suggests that this edition was published during Balbus' stay in Paris (summer 1485-92); it must have appeared before Tardif's Antibalbica I, which criticized the preface of Diomedes, and which was published first in 1487; this suggests that the Diomedes might be redated to between 1485 and 1487.
Collation: a–h8 I8.
Types: Type: 80 R (first state).
GW: GW 8400;
Proctor: Pr 7874;
Others: Sheppard 6151.
Copy number: D-085(1)
Binding: Nineteenth-century calf, for the Bodleian Library.
Size: 212 × 148 × 18 mm.
Size of leaf: 205 × 133 mm.
Occasional early notes; pen-trials and scribbles on I8v.
Provenance: John Harsoll (fifteenth/sixteenth century); an inscription on I8v: ‘This is John Harsoll' booke wytnis of Humfry Davys'. Purchased for £0. 9. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 9.
SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 5.33.
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