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Opera (ed. Demetrius Chalcondylas) [Greek].


Analysis of Content

Volume 1:

A1r Nerlius, Bernardus: [Letter addressed to] Petrus de' Medici. Botfield 180-2. Acknowledging the support of the brother, the help of Acciaiuolus, and the ability ('dexteritas') of Damilas (ex informatione David Speranzi).

A1v Chalcondylas, Demetrius: [Letter addressed to the readers.] Incipit: ‘[ Μ] άλιστα μεν τιμα̂ν τε καὶ ἄγασθαι  . . .’ Legrand, Bibl. hell., I 13-15.

A3r Herodotus [pseudo-]: ‘ Ἐξήγησις περὶ τη̂ς του̂ Ὁμήρου γενέσιος καὶ βιοτη̂ς .’ ‘Vita Herodotea', in Homerus, Opera, ed. Thomas W. Allen, vol. 5 (Oxford, 1912).

B1r Plutarchus [pseudo-]: ‘ Εἰς τὸν βίον του̂ Ὁμήρου .’ [Plutharchus], De Homero, ed. J. F. Kindstand (Leipzig, 1990). See Paola Megna, 'Per la storia della princeps di Omero. Demetrio Calcondila e il De Homero dello pseudo-Plutarco, Studi Medievali e Umanistici, 5-6 (2007-2008), pp. 217-78.

E7v Dio Chrysostomus: ‘ Περὶ Ὁμήρου λόγος ΝΓ .’ Dio Chrysostomos, Orationes (Leipzig, 1916-19), Oratio 53.

2A1r [Eustathius?]: ‘ Ὑπόθεσις τη̂ς Α [– ω] Ὁμήρου ῥαψωδίας .’ Each song of the Iliad is preceded by a Hypothesis; song Βby two; as edited in Eustathius, Commentarii ad Homeri Iliadem, ed. J. G. Stallbaum (Leipzig, 1827-30), following the edition of Nicolaus Majoranus (Rome, 1550); the Hypotheses are not included in Eustathius, Commentarii ad Homeri Iliadem, ed. Marchinus van der Valk (Leiden, 1971-87).

2A1r ‘ Ἄλφα λιτὰς Χρύσου λοιμόν στρατου̂ ἔχθος ἀνάκτων .’ Each song of the Iliad is headed by a caption in the form of a hexameter; edited by Arthur Ludwig, Homeris Iliadis et Odysseae periochae metricae (Königsberg, 1887); see also H. Schrader, ‘Die Hexametrischen Überschriften zu den achtundvierzig Homerischen Rhapsodien', Neue Jahrbücher für Philologie und Pädagogik, 137 (1888), 577-609, text edited at p. 578.

2A1r Homerus: Ilias. The whole volume is edited by Demetrius Chalcondylas.

Volume 2:

AA1r ‘ Ὑπόθεσις τη̂ς Α [– ω] Ὁμήρου Ὀδυσσείας .’ Each song of the Odyssey is preceded by a Hypothesis; edited in Scholia graeca in Homeri Odysseam, ed. W. Dindorf, 2 vols (Oxford, 1855); the Hypotheses of Α, Β, Ζ, θ, Π, Ρ, and χcorrespond to Dindorf's 1st; the Hypotheses of Η, Ι, λ, ξ, Ο, ψ, and ωcorrespond to Dindorf's 2nd; the Hypothesis of σcorrespond to Dindorf's 3rd; the Hypothesis of Κresembles the first four lines of Dindorf's 1st Hypothesis, and lines 4 and following of his 2nd.

AA1r ‘ Ἄλφα θεω̂ν ἀγορή, Ὀδυσσηίδι Παλλάδι θάρσος .’ Each song of the Odyssey is preceded by a caption in the form of a hexameter; see above.

AA1r Homerus: Odyssea.

XX2r Homerus: Batrachomyomachia.

XX6r Homerus: [Hymns]. Hymni Homerici (Leipzig, 1897), ed. Karl August Baumeister, nos I–II, to the Delphic and to the Pythian Apollo, run on in the incunable, no. II beginning on XX8r line 30 and including the three initial lines bracketed by Baumeister; nos III–IV, VI–XXXIII; Epigram I.

⁊⁊5v [Colophon].


Imprint: Florence: [Printer of Vergilius (C 6061)], for Bernardus and Nerius Nerlius, Johannes Acciaiuolus, and Demetrius Damilas, 9 Dec. 1488 (rather than [not before 13 Jan. 1488/89]). Folio.

Remarks: Press as assigned by BSB-Ink. On 'Printer of Vergilius (C 6061)' see Ridolfi. Pr assigned to [Bartolommeo Di Libri]. Dated as BSB-ink and GW. Bod-inc dates to 18 Mar. 1487/8.


Collation: A–D8 E10 A–Z ⁊ Ɂ AA–ZZ8 ⁊⁊6.


ISTC: ih00300000

Hain: HCR 8772;

Goff: Goff H‑300;

BMC: BMC VI 678;

Proctor: Pr 6194;

Others: BSB‑Ink H‑321; CIBN H‑173; Oates 2348-52; Rhodes 927; Ridolfi, Firenze, 98; Sheppard 5235-6.

LCN: 14463426


Copy number: H-136(1)

Wanting the blank leaves E10 and ⁊⁊5.

Binding: Bound in two volumes by Dupré in nineteenth-century French green morocco; gold-tooled red morocco doublures; edges gilt; red, green, and yellow silk bookmark; stamped with the arms of Chantepie in the upper left-hand corner of both upper covers. Kept in green crushed morocco book boxes.

Size: 325 × 215 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 314 × 194 mm.

Provenance: On A1r and AA1r an armorial stamp: a crescent, label of three points, with a coronet above. Bought at the sale of Jules Chantepie (Paris: Alphonse Picard, 31 Dec. 1905), lot 3471, by Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); Elenchus, no. 1681. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. C 6.1-2.

Copy number: H-136(2)

Wanting leaf A1-2, and the blank leaves E10, and ⁊⁊5.

Binding: English (Oxford, c.1600) gold-tooled brown calf; on both covers is a double frame; on the inner frame is a fleuron at each corner; in the inner rectangle is an arabesque centrepiece flanked by the initials ‘E H'; Ker, Pastedowns, pl. viii, centrepiece xiv.

Size: 335 × 225 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 327 × 210 mm.

Frequent marginal notes in the preliminary works, in at least two different hands, mainly extracting key words and providing very brief summaries in Greek. The first 29 leaves of the Iliad: foliation in an early hand; some salient points provided with a heading in the margins in an early humanist hand; interlinear notes in Greek and with some Latin glosses; a few marginal observations in the first leaves of the Odyssey.

Some initials are crudely supplied in brown ink.

Provenance: Nicholas Hawkins (†1534). Nicholas Shadwell (†1534); on ⁊⁊5v: ‘Ex libris Nicolai Shadwelli' [cancelled] ‘ex dono domini Nicolai Hauchynni Eliensis Archidiaconi eius auunculi'; verified by Sheppard from Hawkins's will in Somerset House. Purchased in 1764; see Macray 261.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 1.1-2.

Copy number: H-136(3)

Wanting leaves A–B, C1-2, and the blank leaves E10, and ⁊⁊5; C7,2 A7-8, B1, and O2 are mounted. The text of VV3r and VV6v is not printed but supplied in manuscript in an early hand.

Binding: Nineteenth-century (English) blind-tooled green morocco; gilt-edged leaves; green silk bookmarks.

Size: 330 × 225 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 318 × 214 mm.

A few marginal notes in the preliminary material; on2 A1r-v a paraphrase in Greek prose of the beginning of the Iliad; a few marginal notes in the catalogue of ships and in the fifth song; notes in two different hands on N2r-v (twelfth song); N7 and O2 (thirteenth song); on O4 a note in Latin on Aeneas in an early humanist hand. A few notes in other passages.

Provenance: Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921); book-plate; Herbert Tomkinson (1873-1951). Miriam Robinette Tomkinson (1916-1986); book-plate. Presented by M. R. Tomkinson in 1984.

SHELFMARK: Byw. adds. 11.

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