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Bod-Inc: O-078

Ovidius Naso, Publius

Metamorphoses (comm. Raphael Regius).


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v [Regius, Raphael]: Vita Ovidii. Incipit: ‘[P]ublius Ouidius Naso Sulmoni que urbs est in Pelignis . . .’ Explicit: aperte ostenderetur

a2r Regius, Raphael: ‘Prefatio' addressed to Franciscus Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua. Incipit: ‘[C]ogitanti mihi, iucundissime princeps, cui potissimum meas in Ouidii Metamorphosin enarrationes . . .’ Explicit: liberalitatis exemplum . . .; different ending

a3r [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Vos animosa phalanx dicendi tracta lepore | Dulce melos poesis si quod inire placet'; 2 distichs.

a3v [Table of contents.]

b1r Regius, Raphael: [Commentary on Metamorphoses.] Incipit: ‘"[I]n noua fert animus”. Consueuerunt heroici poete in principiis statim operum suorum . . .’ Explicit: poetarum diuinationes

b1r Ovidius Naso, Publius: Metamorphoses. Ov. Met. For the Regius editions of the Metamorphoses see Steiner, ‘Source-Editions', 229-31.

E9v [Colophon.]


Imprint: Lyons: Jacques Maillet, 26 Feb. 1497/8. 4°.


Collation: a6 b–z A–D8 E10.

Types: Types: 81 G, 70 G. Initials. The text is leaded throughout.

Leaves: 224 leaves, the last blank.

Line number: 54 lines of commentary enclosing the text, plus headlines (b2r).

Type area: Type area: 189 (194) ×118 mm (b2r).

Illustrations: A diagram on a6v. Woodcut initials.


ISTC: io00194000

Hain: HC 12175;

Goff: Goff O‑194;

BMC: not in BMC;

Proctor: not in Pr;

Others: BSB‑Ink O‑139; Claudin IV 112; Moss, Ovid, 66 no. 10; Sheppard 6683; Steiner, ‘Source-Editions', 223 no. 6i.

LCN: 14442727


Copy number: O-078(1)

Wanting a1.6, a5, e8, and the blank leaf E10.

Binding: Spanish limp parchment with two leather ties. Front and rear endleaves from a seventeenth-century printed legal work in Castilian. Cover loose.

Size: 238 × 178 × 39 mm.

Size of leaf: 236 × 167 mm.

Early marginal and interlinear annotations in red or black ink, including alternative words, and pointing hands, also underlining in the text and in the commentary. A drawing, in black ink, of a winged figure on f4r, and of two oriental figures on f7r, Pentheus on g6v, a ship on g7v. Also some pen-trials and scribbles.

Some capitals touched with red wash.

Provenance: Pedro de Guante (seventeenth century); inscription on k8r: ‘Pedro de Guante'. Cayetano Ramírez de Arellano (nineteenth century); inscription on E9v: ‘Le compré en la almoneda de Don Cayetano Ramirez de Arellano con otros libros antiguos'. Edward Spencer Dodgson (fl. 1858-1914). Presented by Dodgson in 1897: inscription on E9v: ‘Presented to the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 25 May 1897 by me, E. S. Dodgson'.

SHELFMARK: Inc. d. F2.1497.3.

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