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Merula, Georgius

In librum de homine Martii Galeotti opus, et al.


Analysis of Content

b2r Merula, Georgius: [Dedicatory letter addressed to] Laurentius and Julianus de' Medici. Incipit: ‘[V]eterem legimus professorum morem fuisse quem posteriores crescentibus . . .’ Explicit: de re latina differat See Thorndike–Kibre 1691.

b3r [Merula], Georgius: In librum de homine Martii Galeotti opus. Incipit: ‘[S]cripturus de homine immo potius de membris humani corporis Galeotus . . .’ Explicit: quis contulerit cognoscet See Thorndike–Kibre 1415.

g1r [Merula], Georgius: [Dedicatory letter addressed to] Marcus Antonius Maurocenus. Incipit: ‘[C]ommentarium in Sapphus epistolam quod proximis diebus elucubrauimus . . .’ Explicit: operis spectari uelim

g1v [Merula], Georgius: In Sapphus epistolam interpretatio. Incipit: ‘[S]appho que inter mulieres longe admirabilis fuit . . .’ Explicit: ut supra docuimus On the authorship see F. Gabotto and A. Badini Confalonieri, ‘Vita di Giorgio Merula', Rivista di storia, arte, archeologia della provincia di Alessandria, 2 (1893), 5-66 and 279-356, at 283-4, dates the commentary to 1471.

i1r [Merula], Georgius: [Letter addressed to] Antonius Vinciguerra. Vincenzo Fera, ‘Poliziano, Ermolao Barbaro e Plinio', in Una famiglia veneziana nella storia: I Barbaro, Atti del Convegno di studi in occasione del quinto centenario della morte dell'umanista Ermolao, Venezia, 4-6 Novembre 1993 (Venice, 1996), 193-234, at 234. For the letter see Monfasani, ‘First Call', 1-31, at 14, note 51. The letter is dated ‘pridie kalendis Martiis' 1471; Fera, ‘Poliziano, Ermolao Barbaro e Plinio', 199 note 26 discusses the dating in relation to the Venetian calendar, arguing that the ‘1471' refers to the kalends of March, and not to 28 Feb., and that the Venetian year therefore coincides with the modern calculation, and matches the date given at the end of the edition of the work on Pliny. Fera also publishes an earlier letter addressed to Johannes Andreas de Bussis, from a manuscript in the Biblioteca Capitular e Colombina di Sevilla, containing the corrections referred to in the letter addressed to Vinciguerra.

i1r [Merula, Georgius: Emendationes Plinii.] Incipit: ‘[I]gitur libro aperto is mihi primum locus occurrit . . .’ Explicit: ad nos venerit . . . See Thorndike–Kibre 656.

l2r [Merula], Georgius: [Emendationes Vergilii addressed to] Ludovicus Gonzaga III, Marquis of Mantua. Incipit: ‘[Q]uum intelligam, princeps illustrissime, te antiquitatis et amatorem . . .’ Explicit: aliud tempus differemus


Imprint: [Venice: Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, c.1474]. 4°.


Collation: b c10 d–g8 h10 i6 l8 m6.


ISTC: im00504000

Hain: H *11097;

Goff: Goff M‑504;

BMC: BMC V 230;

Proctor: Pr 4285;

Others: BSB‑Ink M‑341; CIBN M‑308; Osler, IM, 56; Sack, Freiburg, 2437; Sheppard 3467.

LCN: 14455615


Copy number: M-203(1)

Wanting the blank leaves b1 and l1.

Binding: Nineteenth-century(?) (perhaps c.1883) gold-tooled crushed red morocco by [John] Leighton; stamp on the front pastedown; gilt upper edge; probably bound for Charles Butler (see below).

Size: 238 × 173 × 17 mm.

Size of leaf: 229 × 159 mm.

Marginal annotations, apparently in one fifteenth/sixteenth-century humanist hand, and consisting mainly of the extraction of key words. The name of the author and the title in a sixteenth-century(?) hand on b2r.

Provenance: Charles Butler (1821-1910); notes on the recto of the front endleaf, detailing the purchase in 1883 and payment for binding, perhaps in Butler's hand; sale, 31 May 1911, lot 1811; purchased by Bywater for £7. 10. 0: inscription on cutting from the sale catalogue, attached to the front pastedown: ‘Charles Butler sale. 31 May 1911. £7. 10. 0'. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); Elenchus, no. 3641. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. I 2.6.

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