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De materia medica.


Analysis of Content

*1r Title-page.

*1r ‘ Ἐπίγραμμα εἰς Νίκανδρον ’. Incipit: ‘ Καὶ Κολοφω̂ν ἀρίδηλος ἐνὶπτολίεσσι τέτυκται | δοιοὺς θρεψαμένη παι̂δας ἀριστονόους  . . . ‘; 2 elegiac distichs. Anthologia graeca IX 213.

*1v Manutius Romanus, Aldus Pius: [Letter of dedication adddressed to] Hieronymus Donatus. Aldo Manuzio editore I 30-31.

*2r ‘ Πίναξ ’.

*6r [Extract from the Suda Lexicon.] Incipit: ‘ Διοσκουρίδης Ἀναζαρβεὺς, ἰατρος ὁ ἐπικληθεὶς φακας  . . .’ Suidae Lexicon, ed. Ada Adler, vol. I (Leipzig, 1931), I 113, 17-19.

Α1r Dioscorides: Περὶ ὕλης ἰατρικὴς. Dioscorides, De materia medica libri quinque, ed. M. Wellmann, 3 vols (Berlin, 1958), books I–V; according to Wellmann II pp. xiii–xiv Aldus used Venice, Marciano, MS. Gr. 271 for printer's copy; according to Aldus's preface, he saw several manuscripts: ‘Sed id nos idcirco fecimus, quoniam in contextu in omnibus ea [simplicia] legimus exemplaribus'. The so-called ‘Notha' are included in the text without any marks of separation.

Ο4v Dioscorides [pseudo-]: [ Περὶ ὕλης ἰατρικὴς ] ‘ βιβλίον ἔκτον ‘; ‘ Περὶ δηλητερίων φαρμάκων καὶ τη̂ς αὐτω̂ν προφυλακη̂ς ’. Dioscorides, Libri περὶ δηλητερίων ἰοβόλων καὶ εὐπορίστων spurii, ed. Kurt Polycarp Sprengel, Medicorum Graecorum opera quae extant, p. xxvi (Berlin, 1830), here printed as book VI of ‘De materia medica'.

Π2r Dioscorides [pseudo-]: Περὶ ἰοβόλων . ‘ Βιβλίον ἕβδομον – ἔννατον ’.’ Dioscorides, Libri περὶ δηλητερίων ἰοβόλων καὶ εὐπορίστων spurii, ed. Sprengel, p. xxvi, here printed as books VII–IX of the ‘De materia medica'. Book IX includes at the end the ‘Adscripta'.

Α1r Γένος Νικάνδρου . Nicander, The Poems and Poetical Fragments, ed. A. S. F. Gow and A. F. Schofield (Cambridge, 1953), Life A, p. 3; Scholia in Nicandri Theriaka cum glossis, ed. Annunciata Crugnola (Milan, 1971), 33.

Α1r Nicander: Θηριακά μετὰ σχολέων . Nicander, Poems and Poetical Fragments, ed. Gow and Schofield, 28-92.

Α1r [Scholia.] Scholia, ed. Annunciata Crugnola, 33-321.

Δ6r Nicander: Ἀλεξιφάρμακα . Nicander, Poems and Poetical Fragments, ed. Gow and Schofield, 94-137.

Δ6r [Glosses and scholia.]

Ε6r [Colophon.]

2Α1r Σχόλια εἰς τὰ Ἀλεξιφάρμακα Νικάνδρου . On the glosses and the scholia in this edition see Scholia in Nicandri Alexipharmaca cum glossis, ed. Marius Geymonat (Milan, 1974), 19 note 21, and pp. 22-3.


Imprint: Venice: Aldus Manutius, July 1499. Folio.


Collation: *6 α–ο8 π10 Α–Δ8 Ε6 2α10.

Remarks: The signatures in the first gathering are printed as ‘*'.


ISTC: id00260000

GW: GW 8435;

Hain: HC *6257;

Goff: Goff D‑260;

BMC: BMC V 560;

Proctor: Pr 5571;

Others: BSB‑Ink D‑183; Rhodes 693; Scapecchi, ‘Annali', 33; Sheppard 4662-4.

LCN: 14887307, 14887346, 14889514


Copy number: D-103(1)

Bound with:
2. Julius Firmicus Maternus, Mathesis. Venice: Aldus Manutius, June and [17] Oct. 1499 (F‑061(3)).

The epigram on *1r reads ‘ πτολίεσσι ’ not ‘ πολίεσσι ’, not as BMC.

Binding: Seventeenth century English calf, for the Bodleian Library(?); two leather ties, now shaved off; formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head and tail of the upper cover; rebacked re-using the old spine; ‘6' in white at the head of the spine.

Size: 310 × 210 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 298 × 195 mm.

Wanting gathering Α.

A few marginal notes in a sixteenth-century hand, extracting key words.

Provenance: Probably the copy mentioned in the Benefactors' Register I 27, given by John Croke in 1601; James, Catalogus (1605), 191; Jensen, ‘Benefactors' Register', no. 54.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: D 1.6. Med.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1R 1.12(1).

Copy number: D-103(2)

Binding: Nineteenth-century English (Grantham) blue morocco gold-tooled with à-la-grecque and palmette tools; the Aldine anchor stamped in gold on both covers; gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; bound by Storr & Ridge, of Grantham; see Quaritch, Dictionary of English Book Collectors, II (London, 1899), 2-3, at p. 2, describing the stamp as ‘a frightful caricature of the Aldine emblem'.

Size: 310 × 225 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 293 × 193 mm.

Some marginal additions to the table of contents and a few other notes in Greek in an early hand.

Provenance: Sir John Hayford Thorold (1773-1831); book-plate and label engraved with his initials; sale 3 July 1899, lot 66. Purchased for £12 by Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); Elenchus, no. 1121. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. B 6.9.

Copy number: D-103(3)

Bound with:
1. Johannes Giovanus, De antiquitate et varia Tarentinorum fortuna libri octo (Naples, 1589).

Binding: Seventeenth-century English sprinkled calf; formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of the upper cover; edges of leaves sprinkled; ‘25' in white at the head of the spine and in black across the fore-edge.

Size: 280 × 205 × 30 mm.

Size of leaf: 273 × 189 mm.

Gatherings Α– Εand Αonly.

Marginal notes in a sixteenth/seventeenth-century hand, mainly extracting key words.

Provenance: Roger Ascham (1515-1564); on2 Α10v: ‘Rogerus Aschamus dedit Ailando'. Probably Henry Ayland or Eland (†1551). John Selden (1584-1654); his motto on ¶1r of item 1; see MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 24: ‘Nicander Theriaca Gr. cum scholiis. Ven. 1499'; MS. Selden Supra 111, fol. 68r: ‘Nicandri Theriaca et Alexipharmaca graeci cum scholiis. fol. Aldus: 1500'. Presented in 1659.

SHELFMARK: F 2. 25(2) Art. Seld.

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