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Bod-Inc: S-123

Scriptores Rei Rusticae

Scriptores rei rusticae (ed. by M. B., after Georgius Merula and Franciscus Colucia).


Analysis of Content

A1v [Merula] Alexandrinus, Georgius: [Letter addressed to] Petrus Priolus. Botfield 145-6.

A2r [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.

b2r [Merula] Alexandrinus, Georgius: [Letter addressed to] Bernardus Iustinianus. Botfield 146-8.

b3v [List of contents for Cato.]

b6r Cato, Marcus [Porcius]: De agri cultura. Edited by Georgius Merula, as stated in his letter to Bernardus Justinianus. ‘De re rustica'.’ Cato Agr.

d7v [List of contents for Varro.]

e1r 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.

i5v [First colophon.]

K2r [List of contents for Columella.]

K6r Columella, Lucius Junius Moderatus: De re rustica. Edited by Georgius Merula, as stated in his letter to Bernardus Justinianus. Col.

bb5v [Second colophon.]

bb6r [Merula] Alexandrinus, Georgius: [Letter addressed to] Dominicus Georgius. Incipit: ‘Franciscus Philelphus quo primum magistro ad litteras Mediolani sum usus . . .’

bb9r [List of contents for Palladius.] A table of ‘tituli' precedes each book.

bb9r Palladius, Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus: Opus agriculturae. Edited by Franciscus Colucia, as stated in his letter to Nicolaus Jenson (S‑122). ‘De re rustica'.’ Pall. Op. Agr.

hh10r [Third colophon.]

hh10r M. B.: [Letter addressed to] Bartholomaeus [de Bruschis] Bottonus. Incipit: ‘[E]tsi nihil gratius nihilque iucundius . . .’ It states that the printer engaged M. B. as editor of the entire volume. The letter reproduces, with little alteration or additions that of Franciscus Colucia to Jenson (S‑122).

hh10v [M. B.?: Verse.] Incipit: ‘Priscorum quicunque studet monumenta doceri | Terrarum et cultus arma deosque simul'; 4 elegiac distichs.


Imprint: Reggio Emilia: Bartholomaeus de Bruschis, Bottonus, 1482; 5 June 1482. Folio.


Collation: A6 a8 b c10 d8 e–g10 h8 i6 K l10 m–z & [con] [rum] aa8 bb12 cc dd8 ee–hh10.


ISTC: is00347000

Hain: HC *14565;

Goff: Goff S‑347;

BMC: BMC VII 1086;

Proctor: Pr 7251;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑233; CIBN S‑175; Rhodes 1599; Sack, Freiburg, 3195; Sheppard 6009.

LCN: 12958266, 14029118


Copy number: S-123(1)

Wanting the last leaf hh10 containing the register; also the blank leaves b1, i6, and k1.

Binding: Eighteenth-century Dutch gold-tooled red morocco, with the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; green silk bookmark.

Size: 313 × 235 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 304 × 208 mm.

‘78' in brown ink, washed, on A1r. Some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, now washed, in a contemporary humanist hand in brown ink. ‘759' and ‘No. 230' in brown ink on the rear endleaf.

Provenance: Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735-1792); printed label of the sale (1789), part II, lot 2189; in the annotated catalogue marked down to Thomas Payne for Fl. 65. Purchased [through Payne?] for £5. 13. 6: see Books Purchased (1790), 7.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 3.32.

Copy number: S-123(2)

Wanting sheet r3.6.

Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) parchment over pasteboards; manuscript titles at the head of the spine in brown ink. Sprinkled green- and red-edged leaves.

Size: 334 × 220 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 325 × 210 mm.

Some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, providing some corrections to the signatures, pointing hands, and numbering the leaves in arabic numerals (now mostly cropped), in a sixteenth-century hand in brown ink, probably Medici's.

Provenance: Josephus Antonius Medici [ ] (sixteenth century); inscription on A1r: ‘Ex libris Josephi Antonii Medici Pat[ ]erii [deleted] Montiscalerii'. Oxford, Radcliffe Library; book-plate; on the front endleaf £3. 3. 0, replaced by £2. 10. 0. Transferred to the Bodleian Library by the Radcliffe Trustees between 1861 and 1893.

Former Radcliffe shelfmarks: 95.E.8; F. 4. a. 1; 95.E; 96.B; H.a.630.


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