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Bod-Inc: O-052

Ovidius Naso, Publius

De arte amandi et De remedio amoris (comm. Bartholomaeus Merula).


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v Merula, Bartholomaeus: [Letter addressed to] Franciscus Georgius Cornelius. Incipit: ‘[P]reclara multa et omni laude cumulatissima in hac tua excellenti . . .’ Explicit: tuum amabis. Vale

a2r Merula, Bartholomaeus: [Commentary on De arte amandi.] Incipit: ‘  “[S]i quis in hoc artem populo non nouit amandi”. Ex latinorum poetarum consuetudine proponit . . .’ Explicit: spoliis exuuiis amantum

a2r Ovidius Naso, Publius: De arte amandi. [Also known as Ars amatoria.] Ov. Ars.

h1v Merula, Bartholomaeus: [Commentary on De remedio amoris.] Incipit: ‘  “[L]egerat huius amor titulum nomenque libelli”. Scripturus de remedio amoris Ouidius primo se excusat . . .’ Explicit: remedia amoris descripsi

h1v Ovidius Naso, Publius: De remedio amoris. Ov. Rem.

k2v [Merula, Bartholomaeus: Part of the epilogue addressed to] Franciscus [Georgius Cornelius]. Incipit: ‘Habes, Francisce generose, enarrationes nostras in Ouidium De arte amandi . . .’ Explicit: nonum annum premendam

k3v [Colophon.]

k3v Antimachus, Marcus Antonius: ‘Carmen'. Incipit: ‘Naso corinna tuos expertus sepe calores | Et quam fallaces sint in amore doli'; 6 distichs.

k3v Palladius Soranus, Domitius: ‘Carmen'. Incipit: ‘Quod puer incautos quondam pharetratus amantes | Impulit ad seue tela cruenta necis'; 7 distichs.


Imprint: Lyons: Jean de Vingle, 1495. 4°.


Collation: a–i8 k4.


ISTC: io00146000

Hain: C 4559;

Goff: Goff O‑146;


Proctor: Pr 8643;

Others: Baudrier XII 199; Moss, Ovid, 66 no. 4; Oates 3229; Sheppard 6695.

LCN: 14540646


Copy number: O-052(1)

Bound with:
1. Publius Ovidius Naso, Heroides. Lyons: Johannes Thomas, for Stephanus Gueynard, 25 Oct. 1513.

The last leaf blank does not bear the device, as presumed by BMC, which is here on a1r.

Binding: Sixteenth-century French (probably Lyons) blind-tooled calf, with two ties lost. On both covers fillets form a border. Triple fillets form a frame within which is a repeated lattice-work and flower-petal stamp. Triple fillets form the inner rectangle which is divided by further triple fillets into four compartments, two decorated with a lattice-work and fleur-de-lis roll, and two with an ornamental roll of flower petals and wheatsheaves. Head and tail of the spine repaired.

Size: 266 × 179 × 43 mm.

Size of leaf: 255 × 166 mm.

Some underlining in the text, also occasional ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands. Annotations in French, scribbles and pen-trials on k3r-v by Bascle (see below); in the lower margin of d3v a proverb(?) in the same hand: ‘Omnia si perdas famam seruare memento | Qua semel amissa postea nullus eris'. On k3r a draft note in French in the same hand; also the name ‘Peyroti', presumably for Nicolaus Perottus.

Provenance: François Bascle (sixteenth century); name in the lower margin of d4r, and repeated several times on k3r-v; both names are apparently in the same hand. Pierre Berès (b. 1913). Purchased in 1951 from Berès; note on the front pastedown; Bodleian stamp dated 21 July 1951 on A2v.

SHELFMARK: Inc. d. F2.1495.1(2).

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