Etymologicum Magnum [Greek]
Analysis of Content
Α1r Musurus, Marcus: [Poem dedicated to] Nicolaus Blastos. Etymologicon magnum, ed. Thomas Gaisford (Oxford, 1848), p. i; Nicolas Barker, Aldus Manutius and the Development of Greek Script and Type in the Fifteenth Century (Sandy Hook, Conn., 1985), 72.
Α1r Gregoropoulos, Iohannes: [Poem.] Etymologicon magnum, ed. Gaisford, p. ii.
Α1v Musurus, Marcus: [Letter addressed to the students of Padua.] Etymologicon magnum, ed. Gaisford, p. i.
Α2r ‘ Ἐτυμολογικὸν μέγα κατὰ ἀλφάβετον ’. Etymologicon magnum, ed. Gaisford, 1-826; this recension is called ‘Etymologicon magnum auctum' in Etymologicum magnum genuinum, Symeonis etymologicum una cum magna grammatica, Etymologicum magnum auctum, synoptic edition of part of the letter Α, by F. Lassere and N. Livadoras (Rome, 1976), pp. xvii–xxii.
Imprint: Venice: Zacharias Callierges for Nicolaus Blastos and Anna Notaras, 8 July 1499. Folio.
Collation: Α10 Β-Ω ΑΑ-ΓΓ8 Δ6.
GW: GW 9426;
Hain: HC *6691;
Goff: Goff E‑112;
BMC: BMC V 580;
Proctor: Pr 5644;
Others: BSB‑Ink E‑102; Essling 1184; Hillard 775; Oates 2213-5; Rhodes 739; Sack, Freiburg 1373; Sander 7110; Sheppard 4726-7.
Copy number: E-034(1)
Binding: Eighteenth-century English gold-tooled calf; bound for the Bodleian Library; sprinkled red edges.
Size: 420 × 300 × 55 mm.
Size of leaf: 407 × 274 mm.
A few notes in Greek and Latin in a seventeenth-century(?) hand on Α2v.
Provenance: Acquired by 1605; see James, Catalogus (1605), 317.
Former Bodleian shelfmarks: E 3.2 Art (James); B 6.18 Art.
SHELFMARK: Auct. K 1.12.
Copy number: E-034(2)
Binding: Sixteenth-century (c.1530-40) French binding. Covers of the original binding laid down on a nineteenth-century binding. Calf, gold-tooled to a lozenge and rectangle pattern, the centre with two interlaced triangles inside a circle, a complex monogram in a roundel at the four corners. Originally five bosses on each cover, now lacking. The title, ΕΤΥΜΟΛΟΓΙΚΟΝ , on the upper cover. Edges gilt and gauffered, but the pattern of gauffering is almost impossible to make out. Now sewn on six single bands. One of a group of six French bindings, c.1530-40, perhaps from Tours or Blois, executed for an unidentified owner. Five of the six are on Greek books. See I. G. Philip, Gold-tooled Bookbindings, Bodleian Picture Books, 2 (Oxford, 1951), no. 2 and p. 4; Anthony Hobson, ‘Some Sixteenth-century Buyers of Books in Rome and Elsewhere', Humanistica Lovanensia, 34 (1985), 65-75, at 73-4, but now ascribed to France: see Anthony Hobson, Humanists and Bookbinders (Cambridge, 1989), 182.
Size: 405 × 265 × 50 mm.
Size of leaf: 391 × 248 mm.
Provenance: The complex monogram, which has not been deciphered, contains the letters ‘CAROLBNET (A?F?)'. William and Thomas Boone; catalogue (1869), no. 129*. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); Elenchus, no. 1211. Bequeathed in 1914.
SHELFMARK: Byw. B 6.14.
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