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Bod-Inc: P-021




Analysis of Content

A1v Mombritius, Boninus: [Verse addressed to] the reader. Incipit: ‘Quaeris grammatico librorum quanta suppellex | Sit satis impensa quam sibi nemo paret'; 16 elegiac distichs.

A2r Papias: [Preface addressed to his sons.] Incipit: ‘[F]ilii utique carissimi debui si potuissem . . .’ Explicit: Christus ad astra L. W. Daly and B. A. Daly, ‘Some Techniques in Medieval Latin Lexicography', Speculum, 39 (1964), 229-39, at 229-31.

A2v Papias: [Elementarium.] Incipit: ‘[A]. In omnibus gentibus ideo prior est litterarum . . .’ Explicit: Zoroteros . . .uiuatior Only partially edited in Papiae Elementarium Littera “A”, ed. V. de Angelis (Milan, 1977); G. Cremascoli, ‘Ricerche sul lessicografo Papia', Aevum, 43 (1969), 31-55, at 47-50 on the early editions.

a3r Papias: [Prayer of thanks for the book.] Incipit: ‘[I]nfinitas et multiplices benedictionis gratias iam deo patri referimus . . .’ Explicit: sæculorum. Amen


Imprint: Milan: Dominicus de Vespolate, 12 Dec. 1476. Folio.


Collation: A–I k L–N Nn–Pp8 Qq12 O P q R S8 T8+1 V–Z & [us] [rum] aa8 a4.

Remarks: Signatures stamped in.


ISTC: ip00077500

Hain: HCR 12378;

BMC: BMC VI 732;

Proctor: Pr 5891;

Others: CIBN P‑22; Oates 2276; Sheppard 4903.

LCN: 14440882


Copy number: P-021(1)

Wanting A1, also the two blank leaves Qq12, and a4.

Gathering Qq as Bodleian copy, not as BMC (Qq (+ V)10+2.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf; marbled pastedowns; bound for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 422 × 298 × 47 mm.

Size of leaf: 404 × 265 mm.

Some early marginal and interlinear annotations, including comments on and additions to the text, also corrections to the text. On A2r is a biographical note in a seventeenth-century(?) hand. On a3v are two lines of verse: ‘Mors hominum felix que se nec dulcibus annis' (Boethius, Philosophiae consolatio, I 1,13; Boethius, Philosophiae consolatio, ed. Ludwig Bieler, CCSL 94 (Turnholt, 1984), 1), and ‘Monte sub hoc lapidum tegitur balista sepultus' (Riese, Anthologia latina, I 1, 213 no. 261, line 1).

Three- to eight-line initials are supplied in blue with red pen-work decoration, or in red with blue pen-work decoration.

Provenance: Asti, Piedmont, Carthusians, SS. Philippus et Jacobus; inscriptions in fifteenth/sixteenth-century hands on A2r: ‘cclv Cartusie Ast P', and on a3v: ‘Cartusie Ast'. Purchased for £2. 10. 0; see Books Purchased (1849), 36.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 1.27.

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