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Bod-Inc: S-125

Scriptores Rei Rusticae

Scriptores rei rusticae (ed. Philippus Beroaldus, after Georgius Merula and Franciscus Colucia).


Analysis of Content

aa1r [Title-page.]

aa1v [Merula] Alexandrinus, Georgius: [Letter addressed to] Petrus Priolus. Botfield 145-6.

aa1v Beroaldus, Philippus: [Letter addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘[D]e agricolatione praecipere apud priscos . . .’ It implies that on the request of the printer, here Dionysius Berthochus (but see S‑124), Beroaldus edited the entire volume. Beroaldus' editorial work is also mentioned in the second colophon.

aa2r [Merula Alexandrinus, Georgius]: Enarrationes uocum priscarum [in libris de re rustica]. ‘Ennarrationes breuissimae priscarum uocum'. Incipit: ‘Oletum consitus olea locus . . .’ It includes excerpts from Cato, Varro, and Columella.

b1r [Merula] Alexandrinus, Georgius: [Letter addressed to] Bernardus Iustinianus. Botfield 146-8.

b2r [List of contents for Cato.]

b4r 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.

i8r [Colophon.]

k1r [List of contents for Columella.]

l1r Columella, Lucius Junius Moderatus: De re rustica. Edited by Georgius Merula, as stated in his letter to Bernardus Justinianus. Col.

z2v [Laetus], Julius Pomponius: [Commentary to book XI.] ‘Iulii Pomponii Fortunati interpretatio in carminibus Columellae'. Incipit: ‘[M]emorabiles horti in fabulis . . .’

C1v [Colophon.]

C2v [List of contents for Palladius.]

C3r 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.

M1v [Beroaldus, Philippus: Editorial note.] Incipit: ‘[H]ic Palladii libellus quamuis non adeo obscurus . . .’

M2r Codrus, [Urceus, Antonius: Commentary to book XIV.] Incipit: ‘[A]liud testimonium. Quia precedentes xiii libri sunt testes fidei . . .’ See CTC III 198-9.

M5r [Second colophon.]

M5v ‘Registrum'.

M6r Ugerius Pontremulensis, [Angelus: Verse addressed to] the reader. Incipit: ‘Ocia da fessis tandem studiose camoenis | Aoniique celer numina linque iugi'; 10 elegiac distichs.


Imprint: Reggio Emilia: Dionysius Bertochus, 18 Sept. 1496. Folio.


Collation: aa a6 b–i8 k4 l–y8 z4 &6 [con] [rum]8 A–K6 L4 M6.

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.


ISTC: is00349000

Hain: HC *14569;

Goff: Goff S‑349;

BMC: BMC VII 1090; XII 77;

Proctor: Pr 7259;

Others: CIBN S‑177; Hillard 1821; Oates 2705; Rhodes 1601; Sack, Freiburg, 3196; Sheppard 6019.

LCN: 14029063


Copy number: S-125(1)

Leaf M6 backed; leaf x8 bound first of the gathering.

Binding: Late eighteenth-century gold-tooled calf, by C. Kalthoeber, with the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Yellow-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; azure silk bookmark.

Size: 319 × 230 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 192 mm.

‘3110' and ‘3111' in brown ink in the upper left-hand corner of the verso of the front endleaf.

Provenance: George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); sale (1821), lot 279; purchased for £1. 2. 0: see Books Purchased (1821), 12 and the annotated sale catalogue.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 4.18.

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