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Bod-Inc: D-104


De materia medica [Latin].


Analysis of Content

a2r Dioscorides: [De materia medica.] Incipit: ‘[M]ulti voluerunt auctores antiqui de virtutibus herbarum . . .’ An alphabetical reworking of the Latin translation, possibly by Constantinus Africanus; on this version see John Marion Riddle, ‘Dioscorides', CTC IV (1980), 11-143, at 23-7; the un-alphabetical version is edited by K. Hofmann, T. M. Auracher, and H. Stadler, ‘Dioscorides Longobardus', Romanische Forschungen, 1 (1883), 49-105; 10 (1895-9), 181-247, 369-446; 11 (1899-1901), 1-121; 13 (1901-2), 161-243; 14 (1903), 601-636; on their edition see H. Mahescu, ‘La versione latina di Dioscoride', Ephemeris docoromana, 8 (1938), 298-348.

a2r Petrus [de Abano] Paduanensis: [Glosses on De materia medica.] Incipit: ‘Notandum quod libri Diascorides(!) dicti duplex reperitur ordinatio cum eodem tamen prohemio . . . Discipuli vel glossatores . . .’ See Riddle, ‘Dioscorides', 44-6.

F8r [Colophon.]

F8v [List of contents.]


Imprint: Colle di Val d'Elsa: Johannes de Medemblick, July 1478. Folio.


Collation: a10 b–c8 d4 e8 f g6 h8 A B 6 C–F8 [G]2.

Remarks: Leaf a2 is signed ai.


ISTC: id00261000

GW: GW 8436;

Hain: HC *6258;

Goff: Goff D‑261;

BMC: BMC VII 1078;

Proctor: Pr 7241;

Others: BSB‑Ink D‑184; Sheppard 5992.

LCN: 14889590


Copy number: D-104(1)

Wanting a1 (a blank) and a3.

Binding: Eighteenth-century quarter Italian(?) red morocco over brown russia; gold-tooled; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 340 × 235 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 326 × 218 mm.

On a2r an 11-line initial is supplied in blue with reserved white decoration; red pen-work decoration in the area defined by the letter, and surrounding it with a square frame; other initials are supplied in red.

Provenance: George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); sale (1821), lot 106; an annotation in ‘Catalogus Bibliothecae Novae' records this item as being bought at the Spencer sale; see also annotated sale catalogue; purchased for £2. 2. 0; see Books Purchased (1821), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 2.18.

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