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Elementa geometriae.


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a1v Ratdolt, Erhardus: [Letter addressed to] Johannes Mocenicus Doge of Venice. Incipit: ‘Solebam antea, serenissime princeps, mecum ipse cogitans admirari . . .’ Explicit: tutus felixque prodeat

a2r Euclides: Elementa geometriae [bks 1-13]. Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, revised by Campanus Novariensis. Incipit: ‘[P]unctus est cuius pars non est. Linea est longitudo sine latitudine . . .’ Explicit: duodecedron vel duodecedri See Thorndike–Kibre 1152; John Murdoch, ‘The Medieval Euclid: Salient Aspects of the Translations of the ‘Elements' by Adelard of Bath and Campanus of Novara', Revue de synthèse, 89 (1968); John Murdoch, ‘Euclid: Transmission of the Elements', DSB IV 437-59, who discusses Campanus's version on 446-7; and Menso Folkerts, ‘Adelard's versions of Euclid's Elements’, in Adelard of Bath, ed. Charles Burnett, Warburg Institute Studies and Texts, 14 (London, 1987), 55-68, who notes on 55 that the Campanus edition is really a paraphrase of Adelard version II (see also DBI XVII 422). Euclides is the author of the first 13 books, Hypsicles of the 14th, while the 15th belongs to the school of Isidorus Milesius: see Hillard 776. On the attribution of the name ‘Johannes' see also Campanus of Novara, Campanus of Novara and Medieval Planetary Theory: Theorica planetarum, ed. and trans. Francis S. Benjamin and G. J. Toomer (Madison, Milwaukee, and London, 1971), 4.

a2v Campanus [Novariensis: Commentary on Elementa.] Incipit: ‘Sciendum est autem quod preter has ainmi(!) conceptiones . . .’ Explicit: Esto data linea recta a.b. Volo super ipsam triangulum See Thorndike–Kibre 1392. Commentary follows each proof.

q3r Euclides [pseudo-; Hypsicles]: Elementa geometriae [bk 14]. Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, revised by Campanus Novariensis. Incipit: ‘[O]mnis perpendicularis a centro circuli ducta ad latus . . .’ Explicit: cubi soliditas producatur

r4r Euclides [pseudo-; Isidorus Milesius pseudo-]: Elementa geometriae [bk. 15]. Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, revised by Campanus Novariensis. Incipit: ‘[I]ntra propositum cubum corpus habens quatuor bases . . .’ Explicit: positum erat inscripsisse


Imprint: Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 25 May 1482. Folio.


Collation: a10 b–r8.

Illustrations: Woodcut border on a2r.


ISTC: ie00113000

GW: GW 9428;

Hain: HC *6693;

Goff: Goff E‑113;

BMC: BMC V 285;

Proctor: Pr 4383;

Others: BSB‑Ink E‑106; Essling 282; Hillard 776; Oates 1748-9; Redgrave 26; Rhodes 740; Sack, Freiburg, 1374; Sander 2605; Sheppard 3664-5; Charles Thomas-Stanford, Early editions of Euclid's ‘Elements’, Bibliographical Society Illustrated Monographs, 20 (London, 1926), 21, no. 1a.

LCN: 14863048


Copy number: E-036(1)

Both Bodleian copies have corrected version of the text of line 45 of o8r: see Curt Bühler, ‘A Typographical Error in the Editio Princeps of Euclid', Gb Jb (1966), 102-4.

Binding: Parchment; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 306 × 216 × 37 mm.

Size of leaf: 295 × 209 mm.

Some early marginal and interlinear notes.

Provenance: Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735–1792); printed label of the sale (1789), part II, lot 1922; in the annotated catalogue marked down to Payne for Fl. 17.10. Purchased through Payne for £1. 10. 6: see Books Purchased (1790), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 3.19.

Copy number: E-036(2)

Wanting the blank leaf r8.

Binding: Half calf over marbled paper boards. The lower cover detached.

Size: 288 × 212 × 27 mm.

Size of leaf: 279 × 196 mm.

Provenance: John Conington (1825-1869). Henry John Stephen Smith (1826-1883); gift from Conington, accompanying letter from Conington inserted. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); book-plate annotated ‘EES' [Eleanor E. Smith (1822-1896)], sister of Henry Smith, recording the gift of the book to Bywater on her brother's death, 9 Feb. 1883, also note; Elenchus, no. 1215. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. E 1.6.

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