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Bod-Inc: G-054

Gellius, Aulus

Noctes Atticae (ed. Johannes Andreas de Bussis).


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Bussis, Johannes Andreas de: Letter addressed to] Paulus II, Pont. Max. Botfield 80-9; Bussi 19-27.

[b1r] [Gellius, Aulus: Noctes Atticae.] Edited by Johannes Andreas de Bussis; see editor's verse colophon. Gel. Modern edition finishes with 20.11.5, which is at the beginning of 19.10 as numbered in this incunable edition.

[t7v] [Bussis, Johannes Andreas de: Note on the missing book 8.] Incipit: ‘Volumina commentariorum ad hunc diem uiginti iam facta sunt . . .’

[t7v] [Bussis, Johannes Andreas de: Editor's colophon; 19 elegiac distichs.] Bussi 27-8.

[t8r] [Colophon.]

[v2r] [Table of contents by chapter.]


Imprint: [Rome]: In Domo Petri de Maximis (Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz), 11 Apr. 1469. Folio.


Collation: [a6 b–f10 g12 h–s10 t8 v10 x6].


ISTC: ig00118000

GW: GW 10593;

Hain: HCR 7517;

Goff: Goff G‑118;


Proctor: Pr 3298;

Others: Hillard 868; Sheppard 2608.

LCN: 14828992


Copy number: G-054(1)

For this copy see Wonderful Things, no. 26 [but with the shelfmark incorrectly printed as Auct. L 2.1].

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [x6].

Leaf [m7] backed.

Binding: Eighteenth-century English red morocco, c.1790; bound for the Library by Heinrich Walther; the turn-ins decorated with gilt Greek-key pattern, gilt-edged leaves, and blue-coloured pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers; binder's label inside the upper cover.

Size: 335 × 240 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 326 × 215 mm.

Early marginal notes, mainly key words, including some in Greek, also corrections to the text and Greek accents supplied. A few later notes in Italian. On [t8v] and [v1r-v] a manuscript sermon in Italian on matrimony, dated 22 Dec. 1572, with incipit, ‘Se la memoria la qual' . . .' On [t8r] in a sixteenth-century(?) hand, ‘Fvggirete piu che la peste et piu che lo foco piu che caribdi et.’

On [b1r] a seven-line Roman initial ‘P' is supplied in gold, surrounded by a three-quarter border of interlaced white vine-stems defined in red, blue, and green, with gold dots; similar initials at the beginning of each book; see Pächt and Alexander II, 106 no. pr. 5; in the lower margin of [b1r] a circular area enclosed by a green wreath is reserved for a coat of arms, never supplied. Other epigraphic initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; running book numbers are supplied in black ink in an early hand; paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); see Morelli (1787), III, no. 6312; sale (1789), lot 11215. Purchased through Peter Elmsley for £58. 16. 0; see the annotated sale catalogue and Books Purchased (1789), 5.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 2.2.

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