Scriptores Rei Rusticae
Scriptores rei rusticae (ed. Georgius Merula and Franciscus Colucia).
Analysis of Content
[*1v] [Merula] Alexandrinus, Georgius: [Letter addressed to] Petrus Priolus. Botfield 145-6.
[*2r] [Merula Alexandrinus, Georgius]: Enarrationes uocum priscarum [in libris de re rustica]. ‘Ennarrationes breuissimae priscarum uocum'. Incipit: ‘Oletum consitus olea locus . . .’ Explicit: sestertius dupondius et semis It includes excerpts from Cato, Varro, and Columella.
[a2r] [Merula] Alexandrinus, Georgius: [Letter addressed to] Bernardus Justinianus. Botfield 146-8.
[a3v] [List of contents for Cato.]
[a6r] Cato, Marcus [Porcius]: De agri cultura. Edited by Georgius Merula, as stated in his letter to Bernardus Justinianus. ‘De re rustica'. Cato Agr.
[c7v] [List of contents for Varro.]
[d1r] Varro, Marcus Terentius: Res rusticae [addressed to] his wife Fundania. Edited by Georgius Merula, as stated in his letter to Bernardus Justinianus. ‘Rerum rusticarum liber'. Var. R.
[h5v] [Second colophon.]
[i2r] [List of contents for Columella.]
[i6r] Columella, Lucius Junius Moderatus: De re rustica. Edited by Georgius Merula, as stated in his letter to Bernardus Justinianus. Col.
[D5v] [Third colophon.]
[D6r] [Merula] Alexandrinus, Georgius: [Letter addressed to] Dominicus Georgius. Incipit: ‘Franciscus Philelphus quo primum magistro ad litteras Mediolani sum usus . . .’
[D9r] [List of contents for Palladius.] A table of ‘tituli' precedes each book.
[D9r] Palladius, Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus: Opus agriculturae. Edited by Franciscus Colucia, as stated in his letter to Nicolaus Jenson. ‘De re rustica'. Palladius Opus Agriculturae, ed. R. H. Rodgers (Leipzig, 1975)
[K10r] [Fourth colophon.]
[K10r] Colucia, Franciscus: [Letter addressed to] Nicolaus Jenson. Botfield 149.
Imprint: Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1472. Folio.
Collation: [*14 a b10 c8 d–f10 g8 h6 i k10 l–z A–C8 D12 E F8 G–K10].
Hain: H *14564;
Goff: Goff S‑346;
BMC: BMC V 173;
Proctor: Pr 4086;
Others: BSB‑Ink S‑232; CIBN S‑174; Lowry, Jenson, 242 no. 26; Oates 1631; Sheppard 3260-1.
LCN: 14029091, 14029143
Copy number: S-122(1)
Wanting the blank leaves [a1], [h6], [i1], and [D8]; leaf [*1] cut out and mounted.
Binding: Nineteenth-century diced russia, with the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; green silk bookmark.
Size: 320 × 223 × 65 mm.
Size of leaf: 311 × 197 mm.
A few marginal notes, mainly underlining and explaining particular words, in two early hands in brown ink, one probably contemporary, the other sixteenth-century.
On [a6r] an eight-line initial ‘E' is supplied in gold, edged in black and surrounded by white vine-stems defined in red, blue, or green; a floral border, possibly slightly later, is supplied in red, blue, green, and gold dots. In the lower margin the arms are surrounded by a wreath and some of the same decoration found in the border; see Pächt and Alexander II, 110 no. pr. 69. Principal initials are supplied either in the same style as the initial on [a6r] or in gold edged in black on a square red or blue ground with white pen-work decoration. Other initials are supplied in red or blue.
Provenance: Labia family; coat of arms: azure, an eagle displayed or. Purchased for £13. 13. 0; see Books Purchased (1789), 6.
SHELFMARK: Auct. L 5.12.
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