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Bod-Inc: O-069

Ovidius Naso, Publius

Metamorphoses (ed. Bonus Accursius).


Analysis of Content

[a1v] Accursius, Bonus: [Letter addressed to] Franciscus Simoneta. Incipit: ‘[N]escio quibus aliis studiis meis ostendere tibi, uir clarissime . . .’ Explicit: habeasque clarissimam. Vale . . .’ For the Accursius editions of the Metamorphoses see Steiner, ‘Source-Editions', 228-9.

[a2r] [Accursius, Bonus: Life of Ovidius addressed to] Franciscus Simoneta. ‘P. Ouidium Nasonem uita'.’ Incipit: ‘[C]um usitatissimum esse morem animaduerterim . . .’ Explicit: molliter ossa cubent’

[a7v] [Ovidius Naso, Publius: Tristia.] Ov. Tr. 1. 7. 35-40.

[a7v] [Table of contents for book 1.] Each book is preceded by a table of contents.

[a7v] [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.

[a8r] 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).


Imprint: Milan: Philippus de Lavagnia, 5 June 1475. Folio.


Collation: [a–k10 l–s8 t10 u x8].


ISTC: io00178000

Hain: HC Addenda R 12157;

Goff: Goff O‑178;

BMC: BMC VI 701;

Proctor: Pr 5844;

Others: CIBN O‑112; Sheppard 4803; Steiner, ‘Source-Editions', 222 no. 5a.

LCN: 14442759


Copy number: O-069(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [x8].

Binding: Nineteenth-century Italian gold- and blind-tooled red morocco; marbled pastedowns; probably bound for Boutourlin. Title in black ink on the fore-edge.

Size: 335 × 231 × 43 mm.

Size of leaf: 322 × 222 mm.

Some early marginal and interlinear annotations in red or black ink, including corrections to the text, extraction of key words, and pointing hands. Couplet written in red ink in a fifteenth-century hand below the colophon on [x7r]: ‘Bis sex milenos versus in codice scriptos | Et terquinque minus continet Ouidius'. A washed note in Italian(?) in an eighteenth-century hand on [a1r].

Three- to ten-line initials, paragraph marks, and running headings and book numbers are supplied in red.

Provenance: Dimitrij Petrovich, Count Boutourlin (1763-1829); armorial book-plate (Bragaglia III 1755), and shelfmark no. 121, see Catalogue (1831); purchased at his sale for £2. 0. 0: see sale catalogue (1839), lot 1073, and Books Purchased (1840), 23.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 2.3.

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