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Bod-Inc: Q-015

Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius

Institutiones oratoriae.


Analysis of Content

[*1v] ‘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 . . .’ All references to Jenson (see Q‑013) are omitted.

a2r Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: [Letter dedicating the Institutiones oratoriae to] Trypho, the bookseller. Quint. Inst. The name ‘Trypho' in place of ‘Victorius Marcellus' suggests an awareness of one of the early manuscripts; on the latter see Winterbottom, ‘Fifteenth-century Manuscripts', 339-69.

a2r [Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: Institutiones Oratoriae.] Quint. Inst. The text is preceded by an eight-line summary of the work.


Imprint: [Venice: Printer of the 1480 Valla (H 15809), c.1480].

Remarks: As assigned by Goff. Pr assigns to [Treviso: Johannes Rubeus]; see BMC VI p. l.


Collation: [*2] a b8 c–s6.8 t–z &8 A6 B8 C6 D4.


ISTC: iq00028000

Hain: HCR 13644;

Goff: Goff Q‑28;

BMC: BMC VII 1137, XII 21;

Proctor: Pr 6495;

Others: BSB‑Ink Q‑14; Oates 2225; Rhodes 1492; Sheppard 3732-4.

LCN: 14063580


Copy number: Q-015(1)

Wanting the blank leaf D4.

Sheet [*1.2] containing the tables is bound at the end of the volume.

Binding: Eighteenth-century Dutch gold-tooled red morocco; see Foot, ‘Incunable Collector', no. 28. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on beige leather within the upper cover; marbled-edged leaves and marbled pastedowns; blue silk bookmark.

Size: 310 × 215 × 38 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 195 mm.

On verso of front endleaf: ‘Numero 1496' and note in French. ‘+ S' in brown ink on recto of last endleaf.

On a1v and a2r the heading and three initials are painted in gold.

Provenance: Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735-1792); his sale (1789), part III, lot 3234; in the annotated catalogue marked down to de Bosch for Fl. 10, the equivalent of £0. 17. 6 according to the exchange rate used by Thomas Payne at this sale. Purchased for £1. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1790), 6.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 3.18.

Copy number: Q-015(2)

Wanting gatherings [*], C, and D.

Binding: Seventeenth-century blind-tooled calf; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; author's name in gilt on a red leather label on the spine; sprinkled red-edged leaves. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of upper cover. ‘4' (slightly erased) and ‘9' on the outer edge. ‘9' also painted on the upper spine.

Size: 279 × 208 × 42 mm.

Size of leaf: 272 × 190 mm.

On a1r: ‘330 29’ in light brown ink and ‘N L' in black ink. Frequent marginal notes (in red and brown ink) in a contemporary Italian hand, mainly extracting key words and personal names, and supplying brackets and three dots and tail.

Some capital strokes in red ink.

Provenance: Edward Bernard (1638-1697); see Wanley's list, p. 6 no. 540 and ‘540' on a1r. Among the books purchased in 1697 from Bernard's widow.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: D 2. 4 Art; H 7. 9 Art.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 3.19.

Copy number: Q-015(3)

Bound with:
2. [Pseudo-] Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, Declamationes. [Treviso: Dionysius Bononiensis and Peregrinus (de Pasqualibus) Bononiensis, 1482.] (Q‑020).

Binding: Eighteenth-/nineteenth-century paper boards covered with marbled paper; green-edged leaves; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 281 × 201 × 42 mm.

Size of leaf: 278 × 193 mm.

Marginal notes in an early Italian hand, supplying headings and extracting key words. Notes in a sixteenth-century Italian hand, supplying underlining and extracting key words and phrases. A few notes in a sixteenth-century German hand, providing comments on the text. Another(?) hand supplies missing initials in both items.

Provenance: Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; sale (1835), lot 3333. Purchased for £0. 5. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 23 (‘sine anno').

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 5.29(1).

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