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Bod-Inc: G-056

Gellius, Aulus

Noctes Atticae (ed. Johannes Andreas de Bussis).


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Gellius, Aulus: Noctes Atticae.] Gel.

[s7v] [Bussis, Johannes Andreas de: Note on the missing book 8.] Incipit: ‘Volumina commentariorum ad hunc diem uiginti iam facta sunt . . .’

[s7v] [Bussis, Johannes Andreas de: Editor's colophon; 19 elegiac distichs.] Bussi 27-8.

[s8r] [Verse colophon.] Incipit: ‘Aspicis, illustris lector, quicunque libellos | Si cupis artificium nomina nosse lege'; 3 elegiac distichs.

[s8r] [Colophon (prose).]

[t1r] [Table of contents.]


Imprint: Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, 6 Aug. 1472. Folio.


Collation: [a12 b–e10 f12 g–r10 s8 t10 v6].


ISTC: ig00119000

GW: GW 10595;

Hain: HC 7518;

Goff: Goff G‑119;


Proctor: Pr 3327;

Others: Rhodes 814; Sheppard 2640.

LCN: 14829019


Copy number: G-056(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [v6].

Binding: Nineteenth-century gold-tooled russia, probably bound for Askew; stamped with the arms and initials of Sir Mark Sykes; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 333 × 240 × 53 mm.

Size of leaf: 321 × 214 mm.

Occasional early marginal annotations, mainly key words, and corrections to the text in black ink.

On [a2r] 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; in the lower margin a circular area enclosed by a green wreath is reserved for a coat of arms, never supplied; see Pächt and Alexander II, 107 no. pr. 25. Other epigraphic initials are supplied in red or blue; the blue initials and the manuscript notes may have suffered from washing.

Provenance: Mario Maffei (1463-1537); inscription on [a2r]: ‘De figliuoli et eredi di M Mario Maffei'. Anthony Askew (1722-1772); shelfmark ‘D.3.9' in same hand and ink as G‑055, and in same place, also the same type of binding (russia); not found in sale (1775). Sir Mark Masterman Sykes (1771-1823); upside down on the recto of the back endleaf : ‘Cat. vi. P39. MMS Sledmere'; sale (1824), lot 455, for £28; inscription on the verso of the front endleaf: ‘Bought at Sir M. M. Sykes' sale £28. 0. 0'. Purchased for £28; see Books Purchased (1824), 6.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 1.19.

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