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Bod-Inc: O-076

Ovidius Naso, Publius

Metamorphoses (comm. Raphael Regius).


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Regius, Raphael: [Letter addressed to] Franciscus Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua. Incipit: ‘[C]ogitanti mihi, iucundissime princeps, cui potissimum meas in Ouidii . . .’ Explicit: laborem inueniantur . . .’ The letter is dated to 1493, thus suggesting that the dedicatee should be identified as Johannes Franciscus II Gonzaga, marquis of Mantua (1466-1519), rather than his uncle, Cardinal Franciscus Gonzaga (1444-1483).

a3v Vita Ovidii. ‘Ouidii uita'. Incipit: ‘P. Ouidius Naso patriam habuit Sulmonem Pelignorum urbem . . .’ Explicit: aperte demonstraretur’

a4r [Table of contents.]

A1r Regius, Raphael: [Commentary on Met. 1-14, 15. 1-556.] Incipit: ‘"[I]n noua fert animus”. Consueuerunt heroici poetae latini in principiis statim . . .’ Explicit: regine filius’ On the commentary see Bodo Guthmüller, ‘Lateinische und Volkssprachliche Kommentare zu Ovids Metamorphosen’, in Der Kommentar in der Renaissance, ed. August Buck and Otto Herding, Kommission für Humanismusforschung Mitteilung, 1 (Bonn, 1975), 119-39, passim.

A1r Ovidius Naso, Publius: Metamorphoses. Ov. Met. For the Regius editions of the Metamorphoses see Steiner, ‘Source-Editions', 229-31.

S1v Merula, Bartholomaeus: [Commentary on Met. from 15. 557.] ‘Ennarationes in reliqua Metamorphoseos carmina' [addressed to] Franciscus Cornelius, son of Georgius Cornelius. Incipit: ‘"Fatis uenturis”. Tages ut scribit Cicero libro De diuinatione puerili specie fuit . . .’ Explicit: orbe quem temperat’

S5r [Colophon.]

S5r Merula, Bartholomaeus: [Letter addressed to] Franciscus Cornelius, son of Georgius Cornelius. Incipit: ‘Sapientissimum consilium tuum, Corneliorum clarissima proles Francisce generose . . .’ Explicit: nostras expectato. Vale . . .’

S5v ‘Registrum.’


Imprint: Venice: Bonetus Locatellus, for Octavianus Scotus, 4-5 June 1493. Folio.

Remarks: An unauthorized edition issued in breach of Simon Bevilaqua's privilege: cf. his edition of 7 Sept. 1493, H *12171 (BMC V 518). A1 is signed a.


Collation: a4 A–R8 S6.

Types: Types: 105 R, 80 R.

Leaves: 146 leaves, the last blank.

Line number: 60 lines of commentary enclosing the text, plus headlines (A1r).

Type area: Type area: 239 (243) ×163 mm (A1r).

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.

Remarks: Leaf a1r: TITLE: ‘.P.Ouidii Naſonis Metamorphoſeos | Libri Cum comento'. a2r: ‘Ad illuſtriſſimum Mantuæ Principem Franciſcum Gonzagam. | Raphaelis Regii enarrationum in Ouidii metamorphoſin præfatio. | [C]ogitāti mihi iucūdiſſime Prīceps cui potiſſimū meas in Ouidii metamorphoſin | . . .' a4r: ‘OVIDII METAMORPHOSEON index | METAmorphoſeis primi libri. | Chaos in oēs mundi partes. Terra ī uarias figuras. | . . .' A1r, signed a: COMMENTARY: ‘Raphaelis Regii in metamorphoſin Ouidii enarrationes. | [I]N noua fert animus. Cōſueuerūt heroici poetæ latini in prīcipiis . . .' TEXT: ‘P.Ouidii Naſonis Sulmonenſis meta- | morphoſeos Liber primus. | [I]N noua fert aīus muta | tas dicere formas | Corpora. dii . . .' S5r: (col. 2) COLOPHON: ‘Venetiis impreſſum Per Bonetum Locatellū: man- | dato & expēſis nobilis uiri Octauiani Scoti Modoe- | tienſis. Anno ſalutis.M.CCCC.LXXXXIII.Nonis | luniis.' S5r: ‘Bartholomeus Merula Generoſo Adoleſcenti Frāciſco. Georgii Cornelii . . . | Sapientiſſimum Conſilium tuum.Corneliorum clariſſima proles . . .' (l. 19 of letter). ‘ . . . lucubratiōes noſtras expecta | to. Vale. Venetiis.MCCCCLXXXXIII.pridie nonas lunias.' S5v: ‘Regiſtrum'. (col. 4): ‘Finis'. [Device].


ISTC: io00188000

Hain: HC 12172;

Goff: Goff O‑188;

Proctor: Pr 5044;

Others: BSB‑Ink O‑135; Oates 1970; Rhodes 1294; Sack, Freiburg, 2639; Sheppard 4200; Steiner, ‘Source-Editions', 222 no. 6b.

LCN: 14442831


Copy number: O-076(1)

Wanting sheet O3.6, also the blank leaf S6.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf with marbled paper boards; bound for Kloß; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 285 × 207 × 21 mm.

Size of leaf: 273 × 189 mm.

Early marginal and interlinear annotations in red or black ink, including comments on the text, extraction of key words, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands, also underlining in both text and commentary in red or black ink.

Partial rubrication: some two- and three-line initials, paragraph marks, and capital strokes are supplied in red.

Provenance: R. Coss Stromberg (seventeenth century?); inscription on a1r: ‘R. Coss Stromberg'. P. Beutelius (fl. 1710); inscription on a1r: ‘Possidet me jure donationis P. Beutelius 1710. d. ix 7bris'. Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; purchased at his sale (1835), lot 2911 for £1. 9. 3; see Books Purchased (1835), 21.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 5.13.

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