Festus, Sextus Pompeius
De verborum significatione.
Analysis of Content
b2r [Festus, Sextus Pompeius: De verborum significatione.] Fest.
i6r [Additional list of words beginning with ‘I' and ‘M'.] Incipit: ‘[I]ncomiciare significat tale comitium facere pro quo necesse sit . . .’
Imprint: [Venice: Printer of Pomponius Mela, c.1478]. Folio.
Collation: b–h8 i10.
Hain: H 7043;
Goff: Goff F‑145;
BMC: BMC V 262;
Proctor: not in Pr;
Others: CIBN N‑155 (II); Sheppard 3588.
Copy number: F-037(1)
1. Nonius Marcellus, De compendiosa doctrina. Venice: [Printer of Pomponius Mela], 1478 (N‑122).
Wanting the blank leaf i10.
Bound between the table and the text of item 1. Gatherings g and h of the two works have been transposed.
Binding: Nineteenth-century English (endpapers watermarked ‘J. Watman 1816') blind-tooled calf. Gilt-edged leaves and blue silk book-mark. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.
Size: 307 × 210 × 36 mm.
Size of leaf: 301 × 195 mm.
On b1v a note on Latin phraseology in a sixteenth-century hand(?): ‘Illa mulier non potest habere natos pro anno .i. non permitentibus multis annis | Ætas non patitur hanc mulierem parere Elegans d. m. | Huic mulieri parere per ætatem non libet | Mulier per etatem seu per annos parere non potest'.
On b2r a six-line initial ‘A' is supplied in blue and green on a yellow ground edged in black, with red pen-work infill and foliate extension into the upper margin; other four- and five-line initials are supplied in red and pink or green, some on grounds of yellow, green, or blue, edged in black, with infill decoration; some initials have foliate extensions into the margins. The decoration of the initials in the two items seems to be in the same style.
Provenance: Henry Joseph Thomas Drury (1778-1841); inscription on recto of front endleaf: ‘Coll. perf. H. Drury. Harrow. C.11.2 ex officina (Payne) . . .'; sale (1827), lot 3051. Purchased from Payne and Foss for £1. 11. 6; see Library Bills (1829-32), no. 93 and Books Purchased (1829), 14.
SHELFMARK: Auct. N inf. 1.5(2).
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