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Bod-Inc: O-075

Ovidius Naso, Publius

Metamorphoses [French] La Bible des poètes. Methamorphoze (adapted by Colard Mansion, with a commentary).


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A2r [Vérard, Antoine: Prologue addressed to] Charles VIII, King of France. Winn, Anthoine Vérard, 269-70; for the relationship to the prologue of Mansion's 1484 edition see Winn 271-6.

A2v [Vérard, Antoine(?): Preface.] ‘Le prologue.’ Incipit: ‘[S]aturne selon loppinion des anciens doit estre figure . . .’

C4r [Table of contents.]

a1r Ovidius [Naso, Publius]: Metamorphoses [French]. ‘La Bible des poètes'; ‘Methamorphoze'. Incipit: ‘"In noua fert animus”, etc. [I]l mest venu en courage dist Ouide de dire comment les formes . . .’ For Colard Mansion's adaptation of the French ‘Ovidius moralizatus' see J. Monfrin, ‘La Connaissance de l'antiquité et le problème de l'humanisme en langue vulgaire dans la France du xve siècle', in The Late Middle Ages and the Dawn of Humanism outside Italy. Proceedings of the International Conference, Louvain, May 11-13, 1970, ed. G. Verbeke and J. Ijsewijn (Louvain and The Hague, 1972), 131-70, at 141-2.

a1v [Commentary.] ‘Glose'. Incipit: ‘[I]l est de necessite comme dit nostre texte au sauuement . . .’ In each book the ‘fabula' is followed by commentary.

[et4v] [Vérard, Antoine: Epilogue.] Winn, Anthoine Vérard, 277.


Imprint: Paris: Antoine Vérard, 1 Mar. 1493/4. Folio.


Collation: A–C a–x8 y z [et]6.

Illustrations: Woodcuts: see BMC.


ISTC: io00184200

Hain: HC 12165;


Proctor: Pr 8430;

Others: CIBN O‑123; Macfarlane 31; Polain 2956; Sheppard 6255. Microfiche: Unit 2: Classics in Translation.

LCN: 14442027


Copy number: O-075(1)

Wanting A2-8, gatherings B and C, and the blank leaf [et6].

The spaces, which in the BL copy are left for miniatures and in the Brussels copy (Polain) contain woodcuts, are here occupied by printed headings.

Binding: Eighteenth-century French gold-tooled red moroccco; gilt-edged leaves, and marbled pastedowns; bound by Weir for comte MacCarthy Reagh.

Size: 363 × 270 × 43 mm.

Size of leaf: 326 × 259 mm.

Traces of washed early annotations in the outer margin of s8r. Bibliographical notes by Douce on sheets attached to the recto of the front endleaf.

The woodcut title on A1r is painted over in gold. Two- and three-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red. The text is enclosed within double red rules.

Provenance: Justin, comte MacCarthy Reagh (1744-1811); on the verso of the front endleaf a note in Douce's hand: ‘In exchange with Count Macarthy F. D.' Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 271.

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