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Bod-Inc: M-033

Maius, Junianus

De priscorum proprietate verborum.


Analysis of Content

a1v Maius, Junianus: [Prefatory letter addressed to] Ferdinandus I de Aragona, King of Naples. Ricciardi 302-3.

a2r Maius, Junianus: De priscorum proprietate verborum. Incipit: ‘[A] composita plaerunque separationem significat . . .’ See M‑030.


Imprint: [Venice]: Johannes Rubeus Vercellensis, 23 Feb. 1490. Folio.

Remarks: The printer is named in the prefatory letter (BMC).


Collation: a–z & [con] [rum] A–Q8 R S6.


ISTC: im00100000

Hain: HC *10545;

Goff: Goff M‑100;

BMC: BMC V 416;

Proctor: Pr 5126;

Others: BSB‑Ink M‑70; CIBN M‑41; Oates 2013; Sheppard 4115.

LCN: 14477056


Copy number: M-033(1)

Binding: Contemporary, c.1490, yellowish-brown Italian (Venice) goatskin over thick wooden boards bevelled inwards. Four clasps (three star nails, forming a triangle) hinging on the upper cover, now lost; triangular catches (with point cut off), secured by three nails. Scalloped metal centre bosses and corner-pieces, now lost. Intersecting fillets form five frames with multiple lines. Repeated ornamental and floral tools between the second and third, and the fourth and fifth. Fillets form the inner rectangle decorated with knotwork tooling in the centre. Covers transposed during nineteenth-century rebacking. Light brown edges. Title in ink along the lower edge, IVNIANI M. DE PROPR. VER. Headbands lacking. Sewn on three double thongs. Nineteenth-century highly gilt spine. Original pastedowns. Endleaves wanting. Same outer border tool on Yale UL Zi + 5328.3: Cicero, Epistolae ad familiares, Venice: Bartholomeus de Zanis de Portesio 1492, also from S. Tommaso dei Borgognoni, Torcello; on Venice, Bibl. Marciana, Inc. V. 171: Thomas Aquinas, Super tertio Sententiarum, Venice: H Liechtenstein, 1490, and on Houghton Library, Harvard, Inc. 4385: Pomponius Mela, De orbis situ, Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 1482.

Size: 330 × 215 × 62 mm.

Size of leaf: 315 × 209 mm.

On S6v an inscription in a humanist hand: ‘Nullus beatus dicitur [ ] positus'.

Provenance: Torcello (Venice), S. Tommaso dei Borgognoni; inscription on the inside of the (originally) lower cover: ‘Monrii Sti Thomae gondiorum'. Samuel Parr (1747-1825); printed labels on the inside of both upper and lower covers. Purchased from Wheatley (sale, 23 Feb. 1836), lot 1349, for £0. 11. 0; see Books Purchased (1836), 22.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 2.27.

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