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Bod-Inc: Q-017

Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius

Institutiones oratoriae (comm. Laurentius Valla, Pomponius Laetus, and Johannes Sulpitius).


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v Campanus, [Johannes Antonius: Preface (here) addressed] to Antonius Moretus. Probably edited by Moretus. Botfield 102-4. On Moretus' version of Campanus' preface (addressed to Francescus Todeschinus Piccolominus in Q‑011), see Monfasani, ‘First Call', 14-16, 30; Perosa, ‘L'edizione veneta di Quintiliano', II 575-610, at 608-10.

a2r 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 . . .’ As in Q‑015, all references to Jenson (see Q‑013) are omitted.

a2v [Life of Quintilian.] Incipit: ‘[Q]uintilianus, ut mea fert opinione, Romae natus est. Quibus consulibus aut quo imperante Caesare non legi . . .’ A slightly different version of the Life in Q‑016.

a3r Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: [Letter dedicating the Institutiones oratoriae] to Trypho, the bookseller. Quint. Inst. See also Q‑015.

a3r Valla, Laurentius; Laetus, [Julius] Pomponius; [Sulpitius, Johannes]: ‘Enarrationes in Quintiliani Institutiones'. Incipit: ‘[E]fflagitasti quotidiano conuitio Cicero ad Quintum fratrem epistolam hanc conuitio . . .’ For the acknowledgement of Sulpitius as commentator, see title-page. On the work of all three commentators, and their preliminary versions, see Perosa, 575-610.

a3v [Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: Institutiones oratoriae.] Quint. Inst.

K9r [Life of Quintilian.] Incipit: ‘[M]arcus F. Quintilianus Romae natus est. Quibus consulibus aut quo imperante Caesare non legi . . .’ See Q‑016.

K9r ‘Tabula . . . capitula'.


Imprint: Venice: Peregrinus de Pasqualibus, Bononiensis, 18 Aug. 1494. Folio.


Collation: a8 b6 c–e8 f–h6 i8 II10 k6 l8 m6 n–q8 r6 s8 t u6 x–z8 &6 A8 B6 C–I6 K10.

Illustrations: Woodcut diagrams.


ISTC: iq00030000

Hain: HCR 13654;

Goff: Goff Q‑30;

BMC: BMC V 393, XII 28;

Proctor: Pr 4865;

Others: BSB‑Ink Q‑17; Rhodes 1495; Sheppard 4052-3.

LCN: 14063603, 14063648


Copy number: Q-017(1)

Wanting the blank leaf K10.

Leaf i1r, l. 4: ‘ . . . quæsitum est |'; B1r, l. 1: ‘dianæ loquutiõi . . .'; B2r, l. 1: ‘legãns & egens . . .’

Binding: Early eighteenth-century blind-tooled calf; a gilt heading on a red leather label on the spine. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of upper cover. The title and number ‘9' written on the fore-edge. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 330 × 223 × 43 mm.

Size of leaf: 316 × 208 mm.

On a1r rhetorical terms are listed in an early sixteenth-century English hand, the first line repeated in another contemporary English hand. On a3r a marginal note in a contemporary cursive hand, correcting and commenting on the text.

Provenance: John Tallart (sixteenth-century); on a1r: ‘liber Jhõis tallart'. John Hudson (1662-1719). Possibly the copy listed in the Benefactors' Register II 40, given by Hudson in 1696.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: K 3. 9 Art (Fysher, Catalogus, 384; ‘9' written on fore-edge); B 3. 15 Art.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 3.17.

Copy number: Q-017(2)

Wanting the blank leaf K10.

Sheets i1, B1, and B2 differently set up. i1r, l. 4: ‘ . . . quæsitum | est . . .'; B1r, l. 1: dianæ locutioni . . .'; B2r, l. 1: ‘legãs [et] egẽs'.

Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) calf over paper boards; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; sprinkled red-edged leaves.

Size: 310 × 215 × 48 mm.

Size of leaf: 294 × 197 mm.

A cut-back parchment leaf with a text in a fourteenth/fifteenth-century English hand.

Marginal notes (mainly on Book I) in the hand of Nicholas Crumpe and in other sixteenth-century hands, extracting keywords. Notes in the hand of David Griffin on k3r: ‘this is my hand and god me save and he that [rese(?)] it he is a knave'; and on a1r: ‘In my beginning god be my god so . . .’

Provenance: Nicholas Crumpe (fl. 1563-1575); ‘Nicolaus Crumpe' on a1r. Humfrey Underhill (b. 1558/9); ‘this is Humfrey Underlles bok, witnese David Griffin' on k3r. Bartholomew Jesope (†1620); ‘Sum Bartholo. Jesopi. emptus [ ] xxiij novemrbis 1586' on a1r. Hannibal Potter (1592-1664); ‘Hannibal Potter' on recto of front endleaf. James St Amand (1687-1754); manuscript catalogue, fol. 6 no. 79; ‘St. Am. fº.79'; ‘Catalogus Bibliothecae Novae', fol. 80r. Bequeathed in 1754.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 3.16.

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