Lucretius Carus, Titus
De rerum natura.
Analysis of Content
a2r Lucretius Carus, Titus: De rerum natura. The ‘capitula' of books 1-3 follow each book, whilst those of books 4-6 precede the book in question.
m7r [Compilation of extracts from Lucr. 1, with gloss.] Incipit: ‘Non te animus fallit graiorum obscura reperta | Difficile inlustrare Latinis uersibus esse'; 25 hexameters. These two paragraphs ‘consist of a medley of complete and broken verses from the earlier parts of book i together with scraps of gloss. They are probably the jottings of a former owner of the manuscript used by the printer . . .' (BMC).
Imprint: Verona: Paulus Fridenperger, 28 Sept. 1486. Folio.
Hain: HCR 10282;
Goff: Goff L‑333;
BMC: BMC VII 953;
Proctor: Pr 6923;
Others: CIBN L‑256; Oates 2599; Sheppard 5708.
Copy number: L-182(1)
Wanting the blank leaves a1 and m8.
c4r, l. 25, d7r, l. 11, and gathering d: as the BL IB.30764 (Cracherode), rather than IB.30766 (Grenville) copy; for observations on these variants see also Cosmo Gordon, ‘Notes on the Incunabula of Lucretius', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 3 (1959-63), 152-5, at 153.
Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled Dutch red morocco; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on red leather on the inside of the upper cover only; see Foot, ‘Incunable Collector', no. 32.
Size: 318 × 213 × 25 mm.
Size of leaf: 303 × 197 mm.
Some washed marginal annotations and chapter numbers, also corrections to the text.
Provenance: Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735-1792); printed label of the sale (1789), part III lot 3740, in the annotated catalogue marked down to Payne for Fl. 140; purchased though Payne in 1789 for £12. 5. 0; see Books Purchased (1790), 8.
SHELFMARK: Auct. L 2.17.
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