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Bod-Inc: N-123

Nonius Marcellus

De compendiosa doctrina, et al.


Analysis of Content

a2v [List of words in alphabetical order.]

b2r Nonius Marcellus: De compendiosa doctrina. Non. 1-2; 4 (wanting the last two lines); 5-6; 7 (wanting the last three lines); 8-15; 17-20; see N‑119.

ſ6r [First colophon.]

2a1r [Festus, Sextus Pompeius: De verborum significatione.] Fest.; see P. K. M[arshall], ‘Sex. Pompeius Festus', Texts and Transmission, 162-4, esp. 163, and CTC IV 457.

2h5v [Additional list of words beginning with ‘I' and ‘M'.] Incipit: ‘[I]ncomiciare significat tale comitium facere pro quo necesse sit . . .’ Explicit: ut subaudiatur iuuet

3a1r [Laetus, Julius] Pomponius: [Letter addressed to Bartholomaeus] Platina. Incipit: ‘M. Terentius Varro togatorum litteratissimus . . .’

3a1r [Laetus, Julius] Pomponius: [List of words in alphabetical order.]

3b1r Varro, Marcus Terentius: De Lingua Latina. Edited by Pomponius Laetus and Franciscus Rolandellus, as stated in the second colophon. Var. L. 5-8; see CTC IV 451-500.

3h4r [Second colophon.]


Imprint: Parma: [Printer of Hieronymus, ‘Epistolae'], 1480. Folio.

Remarks: Each of the three parts has its own signature sequence and may have been issued separately. The parts are dated: (I) 1480; (II) [undated]; (III) 11 Dec. 1480.


Collation: (I): a12 b–q8 r ſ6; (II): 2a b8 c–g6 h8; (III): 3a4 b–g8.6 h4.

Remarks: Leaf a2 signed ai, etc.


ISTC: in00267000

Hain: HC *11903;

Goff: Goff N‑267;


Proctor: Pr 6856-8;

Others: BSB‑Ink F‑109 (II); CIBN N‑156; Hillard 1472; Oates 2574.3 (I), 2574.4 (II); Sheppard 5668-9 (I).

LCN: 14536976, 14540185


Copy number: N-123(1)

Varro (III) bound before Festus (II).

Binding: Eighteenth-century English gold-tooled red morocco; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers and on both marbled pastedowns. Almost certainly bound for Harley by Christopher Chapman; for stamps and rolls see Nixon, ‘Harleian Bindings', pl. 13 (the made-up centrepiece, with very slight variations), also pl. 14, Chapman rolls 3 and 5. The binding is also ascribed to Harley in the Spencer sale catalogue.

Size: 310 × 210 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 187 mm.

Marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in two different humanist hands; the notes in the Varro section are fifteenth-century and earlier than those in the Nonius section.

Provenance: Edward, Lord Harley, later 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741); bought by Thomas Osborne; Sheppard suggests that this may be the copy described in Catalogus Bibliothecae Harleianae, II no. 15481; evidence of binding; upper corner of the front endleaf cut off. George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); accession number ‘3256' in black ink on verso of front endleaf; sale (1821), lot 208; purchased for £3. 6. 0: see Books Purchased (1821), 10 and the annotated sale catalogue.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O 4.15.

Copy number: N-123(2)

Nonius Marcellus only. Leaf a2 signed ai.

Binding: Seventeenth/eighteenth-century parchment; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Title gold-tooled on a square green leather label at the head of the spine. Rebacked with parchment.

Size: 287 × 197 × 34 mm.

Size of leaf: 280 × 185 mm.

Copiously annotated, in Latin and Greek, in a number of eighteenth-century hands, mainly extracting key words and correcting the text; references to the sixteenth-century edition of Nonius by Denis Godefroy (1549-1622); several notes are signed ‘L. T.' ‘0. 7: 6' in brown ink on front endleaf.

Provenance: ‘Hum[frey] Bat.' on a1r in a sixteenth/seventeenth-century hand. Former shelfmark ‘C 19' or ‘O 19' written across the fore-edge. LT (eighteenth century); notes (see above). Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755); engraved book-plate inside the lower cover: ‘Sigillum Univ. Oxon. Diplomati RIC: Rawlinson pro gradu Doctoris Legum Appensum'. Presumably acquired as part of the bequest of R. Rawlinson in 1755.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. P 2.10.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O 4.10.

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