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Bod-Inc: P-356

Plautus, Titus Maccius

Comoediae (comm. Johannes Petrus Valla and Bernardinus Saracenus).


Analysis of Content

Part I.

A1r [Title-page.]

A1v Valla, Johannes Petrus: [Letter addressed to] Scaramuza Trivultius. Incipit: ‘[C]um de Plauti fabulis, inclyte Scaramuza Triuulti, dum apud te Mediolani essem . . .’ Explicit: omnes laudem consecuti. Vale

A1v Canalis, Paulus: ‘Carmen.’ Incipit: ‘Vates Ausonidon eloqui(!) pater | Quo se pierides pollicitae deae'; 14 dodecasyllabics.

A1v Maro Brixianus, Andreas: ‘Epigramma.’ Incipit: ‘Si cupiunt muse logier(!) sermone latino | En tandem Plauti lingua placere potest'; 4 elegiac verses.

A2r Valla, Johannes Petrus: [Commentary on Comoediae.] Incipit: ‘[P]lautinas uiginti comoedias (nam plures nostra tempestate . . .’ Explicit: ut ipsa quoque intelligam

m6r [First colophon, stating that the book was printed in Venice for Marcus Firmanus.]

m6r ‘Registrum huius operis.’

Part II.

aa1r Saracenus, Bernardus: [Letter addressed to] Franciscus Marcellus, Bishop of Traù. Incipit: ‘[C]astigationes in Plautum nostras necnon ennarationes, presul doctissime . . .’ Explicit: rhinocerotis nasum

aa1v Saracenus, Bernardus: ‘Emendationes in singulas Plautinas comoedias.’ Incipit: ‘Ex Amphitryone. Ex prologo. Etiam histriones anno cum proscenio . . .’ Explicit: vel mi homo

a1r Saracenus, Bernardus: [Commentary on Comoediae.] Incipit: ‘[Q]uod pertinet ad Amphitryonis argumentum comoediae hoc est . . . [A]mphitryo profectus in hostes Teleboas grauidam . . . “[I]n faciem uorsus.” Hoc tangit Diodorus in quinto de Ioue et Alcmena . . .’ Explicit: emendationibus in quibus paucula The commentary on each play is preceded by an ‘argumentum' by Saracenus.

a2r Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Amphitryo. Pl. Am.

c4v Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Asinaria. Pl. As. The ‘argumentum' appears between the prologue and the beginning of Act I.

e2r Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Aulularia. Pl. Aul.

f5v Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Captivi. Pl. Capt.

h3r Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Curculio. Pl. Cur.

i5v Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Casina. Pl. Cas. The ‘argumentum' follows the prologue.

k7v Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Cistellaria. Pl. Cist.

l5v Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Epidicus. Pl. Epid.

m6r Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Bacchides. Pl. Bac. 35-1211.

o3v Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Mostellaria. Pl. Mos.

p8v Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Menaechmi. Pl. Men.

r6v Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Miles Gloriosus. Pl. Mil.

t7r Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Mercator. Pl. Mer.

x2r Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Pseudolus. Pl. Ps. The prologue is followed by the first ‘argumentum'; the second ‘argumentum' is omitted.

z2r Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Poenulus. Pl. Poen.

[con1v] Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Persa. Pl. Per.

[Rum3v] Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Rudens. Pl. Rud.

B2r Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Stichus. Pl. St.

C2r Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Trinummus. Pl. Trin.

D7r Plautus, [Titus Maccius]: Comoediae: Truculentus. Pl. Truc.

F3r [Second colophon.]

F3r Palladius Soranus, Domicus: [Verse addressed to] Bernardus Saracenus. Incipit: ‘Venit Apollineo fœlix sub sydere Plautus | Qui quondam tenebris semisepultus erat'; 4 elegiac distichs.

F3r Palladius Soranus, Domicus: ‘Epigramma' [about] Marcus Firmanus. Incipit: ‘Vt fuit ille sui magnus studiosus Homeri | Sic Marcus Plauti semper amauit opus'; 4 elegiac distichs.

F3v ‘Registrum.’

F3v [List of errata.] ‘Paucis praetermissis in quibus aut deest aut superest dipthongus uel interpunctis non erit commode lectio signata errata reliqua sic emendentur . . .’ Incipit: ‘In prefatione inpari: in pari . . .’


Imprint: Venice: Simon Bevilaqua for Marcus Firmanus, 17 Sept. 1499. Folio.


Collation: Part I: A10 b–i8 k–m6; part II: aa6 a–z & [con] A–D8 E6 F4.


ISTC: ip00784000

Hain: HC *13082;

Goff: Goff P‑784;

BMC: BMC V 523;

Proctor: Pr 5412;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑576; CIBN P‑455; Oates 2100; Rhodes 1434; Sack, Freiburg, 2914; Sheppard 4492-3.

LCN: 14015001


Copy number: P-356(1)

Much stained and damaged by damp, with some loss of text in the lower portions of the leaves.

Binding: Early eighteenth-century English blind-tooled calf. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the upper cover. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library is on both covers.

Size: 297 × 221 × 67 mm.

Size of leaf: 282 × 200 mm.

Occasional early marginal notes, including comments on the text, and ‘nota' marks.

Provenance: Edward Bernard (1638-1697); Wanley's list, p. 6, no. 525. Among the books purchased in 1697 from Bernard's widow.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: E 1.9 Art (washed ‘9' on the fore-edge in black ink); K 2.10 Art (`10' on the fore-edge in black ink); Auct. O 2.29.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O 5.29.

Copy number: P-356(2)

Binding: Nineteenth-century half parchment with marbled paper boards.

Size: 317 × 223 × 68 mm.

Size of leaf: 306 × 215 mm.

Some early corrections on A1v.

Provenance: Andreas Mocenicus (sixteenth century). Venice, Benedictines; inscription on A1r in a sixteenth-century hand: ‘Reuerendus dominus Andreas Mocenicus prothonotarius apostolicus pro anime sue salute diui Georgii maioris cenobio dicauit signatus(?) C.115'. Cancelled inscription on A1r: ‘E libris . . .’ Purchased from McLeish, Catalogue 165, no. 351 in 1956; pencil note on the front pastedown; Bodleian stamp, dated 19 Oct. 1956; for a note of acquisition see BLR 6,2 (1958), 445.

SHELFMARK: Inc. c. I4.1499.5.

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