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Bod-Inc: M-198

Merula, Georgius

De antiquitate Vicecomitum (ed. Alexander Minutianus).


Analysis of Content

[*1r] Minutianus, Alexander: [Dedicatory letter addressed to] Otho Visconti. Incipit: ‘Postulasti a nobis, Otho Indolis eminentissime, (nam quod efflagitaueris . . .’ Saxius 528-30.

a2r Merula, Georgius: ‘Praefatio' [addressed to] Ludovicus Maria Sforza. Incipit: ‘[Q]uantum iacturae ignoratio historiarum Italiae attulerit, Ludouice princeps . . .’ Explicit: in eternum uenerabitur. Vale Saxius 530-1.

a3r ‘Defensio historiae'. Incipit: ‘[P]ersuasum habeo non defuturos qui nostram in scribendo . . .’ Explicit: uigesimi secund

a3v ‘Periocha'. Incipit: ‘[N]arrationem ab urbe condita exorsi bella cum Romanis gesta barbarorum . . .’ Explicit: morte terminamus

a4r ‘Index'.

2a1r Merula, Georgius: De antiquitate Vicecomitum. [Edited by Alexander Minutianus.] Incipit: ‘[M]ediolanum a Gallis conditum cum alii historici tum Liuius Romane . . .’ Explicit: clara eternaque futura sit


Imprint: [Milan: Alexander Minutianus, c.Dec. 1499-1500]. Folio.

Remarks: As assigned and dated by Dennis E. Rhodes, ‘The First Collected Latin Edition of Xenophon', Gb Jb (1981), 151-3, at 153 (`more probably printed by Minuziano, between about December 1499 and the middle of 1500' in type (111 R) inherited from Le Signerre); BMC, CIBN, BSB‑Ink, and Hillard assign to [Guillermus Le Signerre]. On the date see BMC reprint: the book is mentioned as newly printed in Dec. 1499, but the sheet comprising the dedication was added after Apr. 1500; Sheppard and Polain date [not before 1500], CIBN and Hillard to [?Dec. 1499], BSB‑Ink to [1500].


Collation: [*2] a 2a–z6.

Remarks: Collation as Polain, not as BMC.


ISTC: im00499000

Hain: HC *11095 = H 11096;

Goff: Goff M‑499;

BMC: BMC VI 791;

Proctor: Pr 6074;

Others: BSB‑Ink M‑337; CIBN M‑304; Hillard 1371; Polain 2675; Sheppard 5035.

LCN: 14455658


Copy number: M-198(1)

Wanting gathering [*].

On a2r, l. 3, ‘ANTIQVITATIS' is correctly printed, as in Hillard and Polain.

Binding: Eighteenth-century blind-tooled calf, with double gold fillets on each cover, and gold-tooled spine. The name of the author and the title of the work appear in black ink in a sixteenth-century hand on the lower edge.

Size: 310 × 220 × 32 mm.

Size of leaf: 298 × 202 mm.

Marginal annotations, consisting mainly of the extraction of key words and phrases, mostly in one sixteenth-century, humanist hand.

Provenance: Corner of the front endleaf, which presumably contained an inscription or name, has been cut away. Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755); shelfmark. Bequeathed in 1755.

SHELFMARK: 4o Rawl. 319.

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