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Bod-Inc: P-482

Propertius, Sextus Aurelius

Elegiae (ed. and comm. Antonius Volscus Pipernus).


Analysis of Content

A2r Volscus [Pipernus], Antonius: ‘In Propertianarum Interpretationum . . . Praefatio' [addressed to] Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere. Incipit: ‘[Q]um poetarum et Graecorum et Latinorum quocumque genere scripserint perdifficiles questiones . . .’ On Volscus as editor of Propertius see CTC III 397.

A2v [Volscus Pipernus, Antonius: ‘Proemium.’ Incipit: ‘[E]legiae auctorem licet diu inuestigauit antiquitas . . .’ A note on the origins of elegiac poetry.

A2v Volscus [Pipernus], Antonius: ‘Antonius Volscus in Propertii uitam.’ Incipit: ‘Sex[tus] Aur[elius] Propertius Nauta Meuaniae quod est umbriae oppidum . . .’ C. Hosius, ‘Die Handschriften des Properz', Rheinisches Museum für Philologie 41 (1891), 586-87. G. Tibiletti, ‘Un ragionamento di Antonius Volscus' in [Antidoron] Hugoni Henrico Paoli oblatum: Miscellanea Philologica (Genoa, 1956), 280-2.

A2v [Volscus Pipernus, Antonius]: ‘Argumentum in primam Propertii elegiam.’ Incipit: ‘Qui dissidium optare Propertium . . .’

A3r Propertius, Sextus Aurelius: Elegiae. ‘Propertii Aurelii Nautae poetae clarissimi elegiarum liber primus ad Tullum.’ Edited by Antonius Volscus Pipernus, as stated in the preface. See P‑479.

A3r Volscus [Pipernus], Antonius: [Commentary on Propertius]. ‘Propertianum interpretationum liber primus.’ Incipit: ‘[C]ynthia prima: Nullo utitur principio quod aestuanti conuenit . . .’ On Volscus as commentator, see A. Lupatelli, ‘Il Commento Properziano di Antonio Volsco', in Commentatori e traduttori di Properzio dall'Umanesimo al Lachmann: Atti del Convegno Internazionale Assisi, 28-30 ottobre 1994, ed. G. Catanzaro and F. Santucci (Assisi, 1996), 381-93.

K8r [Volscus Pipernus, Antonius]: ‘Peracti operis dedicatio' [addressed to] to Giuliano della Rovere. Incipit: ‘Propertii calores Iuliane honoratissime . . .’

K8r [Volscus Pipernus, Antonius]: ‘Thamyras ad lectorem'. Incipit: ‘Quisquis ab insano nimium cruciatur amore | Aut perdit stabili tempora longa fide'; 8 elegiac distichs. The poet identifies himself at l. 13 (`Nam studiosa mei Uolsci preciosaque cura') and perhaps alludes to his patron at l. 15-16 (`Et quamuis foueant scripta haec uincula petri | ista alias nectunt uincula docta manus').


Imprint: Venice: Andreas de Paltasichis, 1 Feb. 1488. Folio.

Remarks: BSB‑Ink considers Pr 4775 as being part of the same edition.


Collation: A–K8.


ISTC: ip01018000

Hain: H *4762 (I) = HC 4762 (II);

Goff: Goff P‑1018;

BMC: BMCV 354;

Proctor: Pr 4776;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑805; Oates 1882; Sheppard 3923.

LCN: 14087100


Copy number: P-482(1)

Bound with:
2. Albius Tibullus, Elegiae, comm. Bernardinus Cylllenius Veronensis. Catullus, Carmina, comm. Antonius Parthenius. Venice: Andreas de Paltasichis, 15 Dec. 1487 (T‑210(1)).

At the end of the volume is bound an extra leaf containing the register of the Tibullus and Catullus edition of 15 Dec. 1487 (Bod-inc. T‑210). The manuscript foliation (92-171, 1-91) in the same hand suggests that items 1 and 2 were previously bound in reverse order.

Binding: Eighteenth-century (c.1700) English, blind-tooled mottled calf, the spine gold-tooled, marbled pastedowns, and green silk bookmark; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 311 × 222 × 39 mm.

Size of leaf: 305 × 202 mm.

Frequent marginal and interlinear notes, a few in Greek, in a contemporary Italian(?) hand, extracting personal and place names, providing precise details of references to other authors, supplying further textual references, and correcting the printed text ad loc.

Some initials are supplied in red.

Provenance: Perhaps Edward, Lord Harley, later 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741); upper corner of the front endleaf cut off. James St Amand (1687-1754); manuscript catalogue, fol. 11 no. 182; ‘St. Am. Cat. n. 182' and ‘fo S. Am 99' on A2r; see ‘Catalogus Bibliothecae Novae', fol. 104r: ‘Fol St. Amand 99'. Bequeathed in 1754.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O 3.1(1).

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