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Bod-Inc: L-087

Leonicenus, Nicolaus

De morbo gallico.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Leonicenus, Nicolaus: ‘Praefatio' [addressed to] Johannes Franciscus Picus de Mirandula. Incipit: ‘[H]abitam nuper Ferrariae de morbo quem Gallicum uocant . . .’

a3r Leonicenus, Nicolaus: De morbo gallico. ‘De epidemia quam Itali morbum gallicum uero Neopolitanum uocant.’ Incipit: ‘[N]ouos Italiae aduenisse morbos prioribus sæculis ignoratos antiqua . . .’ See Jon Arrizabalaga, John Henderson, and Roger French, The Great Pox: The French Disease in Renaissance Europe (New Haven and London, 1997), 65-6, 72-7, also Daniela Mugnai Carrara, ‘Fra causalità astrologica e causalità naturale: Gli interventi di Nicolò Leoniceno e della sua scuola sul morbo gallico', Physis, 21 (1979), 37-54, esp. 39-40, with reference to this edition.

d4r [Colophon.]

d5r [Errata.] Incipit: ‘Correctiones in primo quaterno. In prima charta, secunda pagina . . .’


Imprint: Venice: Aldus Manutius, Romanus, June 1497. 4°.


Collation: a–c8 d4+1.


ISTC: il00165000

Hain: HC *10019;

Goff: Goff L‑165;

BMC: BMC V 557;

Proctor: Pr 5557;

Others: CIBN L‑142; Scapecchi, ‘Annali', 12; Sheppard 4634-5.

LCN: 12890363, 14450775


Copy number: L-087(1)

Bound with:
2. Nicolaus Leonicenus, Contra obtrectatores apologia. Venice: Jacopo Pencio, 22 Jan. 1522.

Wanting the leaf containing the errata. Leaf d3 repaired.

Binding: Parchment.

Size: 204 × 150 × 13 mm.

Size of leaf: 197 × 138 mm.

Provenance: Possibly George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); accession number ‘1844' in black ink on the front pastedown. Edward Knight (1739-1812); sale, 4 May 1821, lot 993, with purchase price noted in the Bodleian copy of the sale catalogue as £4. 5. 0. Purchased for £4. 4. 0; see Books Purchased (1821), 9.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2R 3.25(1).

Copy number: L-087(2)

With the leaf of errata.

Binding: Paper boards backed with parchment strips. Shelfmark(?) on the spine: ‘H III 3 De Epi dem.’

Size: 204 × 150 × 9 mm.

Size of leaf: 204 × 144 mm.

Notes in one sixteenth-century hand, on the front endleaves a recipe for a syrup, and on the back, a recipe of master Matheus Casanus(?), for an ointment for the treatment of morbus gallicus, containing quicksilver; for a discussion of similar treatments see Great Pox, 139-42.

Provenance: Monza, Lombardy, Capuchins; inscription in a seventeenth/eighteenth-century hand on the recto of the front endleaf: ‘Bibliotece Cappucinorum Modoetie'. Payne and Foss. Oxford, Radcliffe Library; book-plate; purchased from Payne and Foss in May 1840; pencil note on the recto of the front endleaf: ‘Payne & Foss 5/40'; interleaved Radcliffe Catalogue (1835), manuscript addition between pp. 280 and 281, with shelfmark ‘20.I.3.5'. Transferred to the Bodleian by the Radcliffe Trustees between 1861 and 1893.

Former Radcliffe shelfmarks: G.176.N.29; 74.L.5; 20.I.3.5.


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