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[a1r] Manilius, Marcus: Astronomicon. Man.; for this edition see also Adolf Cramer, Über die ältesten Ausgaben von Manilius' Astronomica (Ratibor, 1893), 7-8, 19-22. This edition belongs to a manuscript tradition independent from that followed by the Bologna edition (M‑065); see M. Manilius, Astronomicon, ed. A. E. Housman, 2nd edn (Cambridge, 1937), I p. xii, V p. xvii, and M. Manilius, Astronomicon liber II, ed. H. W. Garrod (Oxford, 1911), pp. lxxv–lxxvi.
[f12v] [Verse addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Ridetur merito sciolorum insana caterua | Vulgo qui uatum nomina surripiunt'; 3 elegiac distichs. See Walther, Initia, 16810.
Imprint: Nuremberg: Johann Müller of Königsberg (Regiomontanus), [1473-4]. 4°.
Remarks: As dated by BSB‑Ink; CIBN dates [c.1473-4], Sheppard [c.1473].
Hain: H *10703;
Goff: Goff M‑202;
BMC: BMC II 456;
Proctor: Pr 2209;
Others: BSB‑Ink M‑124; CIBN M‑85; Rhodes 1161; Sheppard 1603. Microfiche: Unit 3: Image of the World: Geography and Cosmography.
Copy number: M-064(1)
Leaf [a1] repaired.
Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco, stamped with the arms of 2nd Earl Spencer, impaling Bingham, quartered with Turberville, and the motto, ‘Dieu defend le droit'; gilt-edged leaves and marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library is on a leather patch pasted into the inside of both covers. Bound by Kalthoeber; blue ticket stamped in gold on the verso of the front endleaf.
Size: 214 × 150 × 16 mm.
Size of leaf: 206 × 137 mm.
Traces of washed marginal annotations; some ‘nota' marks. Irregular manuscript foliation, now mostly cropped.
Provenance: Washed inscription(?) on [f12v]: ‘Pridie kal. Jan. emi an[no] [ ]'. Karl Emerich Reviczky, Freiherr von Revisnye (1737-1793); purchased for £28. 18. 8: see note by Reviczky on the verso of the front endleaf: ‘£28. 18. 8 sterl.'; according to the Spencer sale catalogue: ‘This copy, handsomely bound in red morocco with the arms of its late owner on the outside, once belonged to Count Revickzy: who appears, from his own memorandum to have given very little short of £30 for it'. George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); cancelled accession number ‘3344'; sale (1821), lot 191; purchased for £12. 12. 0; see Books Purchased (1821), 10, and the annotated sale catalogue.
SHELFMARK: Auct. L 4.19.
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