Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius
Institutiones oratoriae (ed. Omnibonus Leonicenus).
Analysis of Content
[*1r] ‘Tabula . . . capitula'.
[a1v] Omnibonus Leonicenus: [Preface addressed] to Moyses de Buffarolis, Bishop of Belluno. Incipit: ‘[R]euerendissimo in Christo patri ac domino meo obseruandissimo domino Moysi de Bufarelis . . .’ On the preface, in which Jenson is praised as ‘librariae artis . . . inuentor', see Lowry, Jenson, 56-7.
[a2r] Quintilianus, [Marcus] Fabius: [Letter dedicating the Institutiones Oratoriae to] Victorius [Marcellus]. Quint. Inst.
[a2r] [Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: Institutiones Oratoriae.] Edited by Omnibonus Leonicenus, as stated in his preface. Quint. Inst. The text is preceded by an eight-line summary of the work.
Imprint: [Venice]: Nicolaus Jenson, 21 May 1471. Folio.
Collation: [*2 a–x10].
Hain: HC 13647;
Goff: Goff Q‑26;
BMC: BMC V 168;
Proctor: Pr 4073;
Others: BSB‑Ink Q‑13; CIBN Q‑16; Essling 130; Lowry, Jenson, 240, no. 13; Rhodes 1491; Sheppard 3243.
Copy number: Q-013(1)
Wanting the blank leaf [x10].
Binding: Eighteenth-century blind-tooled calf; backed with parchment; the title, printer's name, and date on red and green leather labels on the spine; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.
Size: 332 × 233 × 57 mm.
Size of leaf: 324 × 216 mm.
Frequent marginal notes throughout in a contemporary cursive north-east Italian humanistic hand in black and red, extracting key words and phrases, and proper names, and supplying brackets, corrections to the text, missing Greek words, volume numbers in the upper margin, and comments on the text (not drawing on the printed commentaries). A few notes in a contemporary cursive hand, providing brackets, underlinings, pointing hands, and missing initials. Page numbering in a sixteenth-century hand.
Provenance: Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); Morelli, (1787), III 5770; his sale (1789), lot 10672; in the annotated catalogue marked down to Lord Spencer for £5. 10. 0. George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); his accession number ‘5770' on front pastedown; erased stamp on [*1r]. Date of acquisition unknown; not the copy listed in Books Purchased (1790), purchased for £2. 0. 0, as suggested by Sheppard.
SHELFMARK: Auct. N 3.14.
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