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Bod-Inc: Q-012

Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius

Institutiones oratoriae (ed. Johannes Andreas de Bussis).


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Bussis,] Johannes Andreas [de], Bishop of Aleria: [Letter addressed to] Paulus II, Pont. Max. Bussi, 50.

[a2r] Campanus, [Johannes Antonius: Preface dedicated] to Francescus [Todeschinus] Piccolominus. See Q‑011.

[a2r] [List of rubrics.]

[b1r] Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: [Letter dedicating the Institutiones Oratoriae] to Victorius Marcellus. ‘M. Fabius Quintilianus Uictorio Marcello salutem'. Quint. Inst.

[b1r] Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: Institutiones Oratoriae [dedicated] to Victorius Marcellus. Edited by Johannes Andreae de Bussis, Bishop of Aleria. Quint. Inst. De Bussis states in his preface that he has heavily relied on the version of the text prepared by Campanus (Q‑011).

[A9v] [Verse colophon, naming the printers, addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Aspicis illustris lector quicunque libellos | Si cupis artificum nomina nosse lege'; 4 distichs.


Imprint: Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [after 30 Aug. 1470]. Folio.


Collation: [a4 b c10 d12 e–s10 t12 v–y10 z12 A10.]


ISTC: iq00025000

Hain: HCR 13645;

Goff: Goff Q‑25;


Proctor: Pr 3309;

Others: CIBN Q‑15; Duff, SVP, 28; Rhodes 1490; Sheppard 2623.

LCN: 14063628


Copy number: Q-012(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [A10].

Binding: Nineteenth-century red morocco, the spine gold-tooled; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 339 × 246 × 46 mm.

Size of leaf: 327 × 218 mm.

Occasional marginal notes in a sixteenth-century Italian hand, extracting personal names and key words and phrases, and supplying ‘nota' signs, brackets, and (in the upper margin) book numbers. Folio numbers are supplied in a late eighteenth-century hand.

On [b2r] a (damaged) Italian epigraphic eight-line initial ‘P' is supplied in gold, surrounded by white vine-stems defined in red and green; in the lower margin within a red wreath a shield bearing an unidentified coat of arms: bendy of six or and azure, flanked by initials ‘V V' and small erased devices, which Sheppard suggests may be superimposed eight-pointed stars.

Provenance: Edward Knight (1739-1812); sale (4 May 1821), lot 1635; ‘purchased 1821' on recto of front endleaf; purchase price noted in Bodleian copy of the sale catalogue as £2. 5. 0. Purchased for £2. 12. 6 according to Books Purchased (1821), 12.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 1.18

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