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Bod-Inc: O-041

Ovidius Naso, Publius

(Opera). Metamorphoses: Steiner tradition 5 ‘Accursius'.


Analysis of Content

Part I.

(a–aaa)1v Accursius, Bonus: [Letter addressed to] Franciscus Simoneta. Incipit: ‘[N]escio quibus aliis studiis meis ostendere tibi, uir clarissime . . .’ Explicit: habeasque clarissimam. Vale . . . Saxius 458. For the Accursius editions of the Metamorphoses see Steiner, ‘Source-Editions', 228-9.

(a–aaa)2r [Accursius, Bonus: Life of Ovidius addressed to] Franciscus Simoneta. ‘P. Ouidium Nasonem uita'. Incipit: ‘[C]um usitatissimum esse morem animaduerterim . . .’ Explicit: molliter ossa cubent Saxius 458-9. For the authorship see BSB‑Ink O‑143.

(a–aaa)6v [Ovidius Naso, Publius: Tristia.] Ov. Tr. 1. 7. 35-40.

(a–aaa)6v [Table of contents for Metamorphoses, book 1.] Each book is preceded by a table of contents.

(a–aaa)6v [Summary of book 1, ‘fabula' 1.] Incipit: ‘Chaos ut Hesiodi indicat uolumen quod deorum originem . . .’ Explicit: parte subsiderent Each ‘fabula' is preceded by a short summary.

a1r Ovidius Naso, Publius: Metamorphoses. [Edited by Bonus Accursius.] Ov. Met. Between 15. 744 and 745 is the following couplet, entitled ‘Epigramma': ‘Bacchus et Alcides Caesar per gesta deorum | Nomina habent iuncta sed sua facta magis'. Accursius' work as editor is evident from the letter to Simoneta (see above). For the Accursius tradition of the Metamorphoses see Steiner, ‘Source-Editions', 228-9.

s11v [Colophon.]


Imprint: Milan: Antonius Zarotus, 1477. Folio.

Remarks: In two parts, the first consisting of the Metamorphoses, dated: (I) 11 Sept. 1477; (II) [undated].


Collation: Part I: (a–aaa)6 a–k10 l4 m–r10 s12.


ISTC: io00130000

Hain: H 12139 (I and (II) = H 12135? = HC Addenda, 12139;

Goff: Goff O‑130;

Proctor: Pr 5802-3;

Others: CIBN O‑82; IGI 7045; Oates 2251 (I); Sheppard 4849-51; Steiner, ‘Source-Editions', 222 no. 5c.

LCN: 14442833


Copy number: O-041(1)

Part I (Metamorphoses) only.

Wanting s12, presumably blank.

Gathering m is signed n, and vice versa.

Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) forel, with the covers painted yellow; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 318 × 228 × 48 mm.

Size of leaf: 310 × 212 mm.

Early marginal and interlinear annotations including comments on the text, extraction of key words, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands. Alphabetical index from A to C on the recto and verso of the rear endleaf in a fifteenth-century hand. Irregular manuscript foliation: 1-175.

Coat of arms on a1r: see below. Partial rubrication: on a1r a ten-line initial ‘I' and capital strokes, and on d5r a six-line initial ‘A' and capital strokes, are all supplied in red; running book numbers are supplied in red or black ink.

Provenance: Theodorus Galli, of Milan; see Crollalanza; coat of arms on a1r: a cock sable, crested and wattled gules, the shield flanked ‘IA EA'; Theodorus Galli; name on (a-aaa)6v. Donato Ferdinando Antonio, Count Silva, of Milan (1690-1779); oval armorial book-stamp on (a-aaa)1r, lettered: ‘Comes Donatus Silva'; see Bragaglia T‑30, who dates the book-plate to c.1715. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; purchased at his sale (1835), lot 2910 for £0. 18. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 21.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 2.4.

Copy number: O-041(2)

Part I (Metamorphoses) only.

Wanting (a–aaa)1, p10, and s12, presumably blank.

Binding: Nineteenth-century sprinkled calf with triple gold fillets on each cover, gold-tooled spine; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 335 × 244 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 325 × 224 mm.

Early marginal and interlinear annotations, including corrections to the text, extraction of key words, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands, also occasional drawings and scribbles. Bibliographical notes by Heber (see below).

Four- to ten-line initials are supplied in red.

Provenance: Richard Heber (1773-1833); bibliographical note on a leaf of paper which has been tipped in in front of (a–aaa)2; see Catalogue, 5 (1835), lot 3402, sold for £0. 8. 6. Date of acquisition unknown; other books with neighbouring shelfmarks were acquired during the 1830s.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 2.3.

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