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Bod-Inc: S-126

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 . . .’

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

a1r Cato, Marcus [Porcius]: De agri cultura. Edited by Georgius Merula, as stated in his letter to Bernardus Justinianus (S‑122). ‘De re rustica'. Cato Agr.

c2v [List of contents for Varro.]

c4r Varro, Marcus Terentius: Res rusticae [addressed to] his wife Fundania. Edited by Georgius Merula, as stated in his letter to Bernardus Justinianus (S‑122). ‘Rerum rusticarum liber'. Var. R.

g7r [Colophon.]

g7v [List of contents for Columella.]

h3r Columella, Lucius Junius Moderatus: De re rustica. Edited by Georgius Merula, as stated in his letter to Bernardus Justinianus (S‑122). Col.

t4v [Laetus], Julius Pomponius: [Commentary to book XI.] ‘Iulii Pomponii Fortunati interpretatio in carminibus Columellae'. Incipit: ‘[M]emorabiles horti in fabulis . . .’

&3v [List of contents for Palladius.]

&4r 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.

D2r [Beroaldus, Philippus: Editorial note.] Incipit: ‘[H]ic Palladii libellus quamuis non adeo obscurus . . .’

D2v Codrus, [Urceus, Antonius: Commentary to book XIV.] Incipit: ‘[A]liud testimonium. Quia precedentes xiii libri sunt testes fidei . . .’ See CTC III 198-9.

D5v [Second colophon.]

D6r 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: Franciscus de Mazalibus, 20 Nov. 1499. Folio.


Collation: aa10 a–s8 t u6 x–z & [con] [rum] A–C8 D6.

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.


ISTC: is00350000

Hain: HC (+ Addenda) *14570;

Goff: Goff S‑350;

BMC: BMC VII 1089;

Proctor: Pr 7257;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑235; CIBN S‑178; Oates 2704; Sheppard 6016.

LCN: 14029164


Copy number: S-126(1)

Wanting the blank leaf aa10.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf, with marbled paper boards; bound for Kloß. Early title written along the fore-edge in black ink.

Size: 318 × 225 × 53 mm.

Size of leaf: 305 × 204 mm.

Previously bound with a volume of Aristotle; see note on aa1r: ‘Hinden sind angebunden | Aristotelis, De natura animalium libri novem | De partibus animalium libri quatuor | De generatione animalium libri quinque | Interprete Theodoro Gaza | Impressi Venetiis 1498' (Goff A‑976; Bod-inc A‑392).

Provenance: I. O. Tatsch (sixteenth/seventeenth century?); bibliographical notes signed by him on aa1r: ‘I. O. Tatsch.' Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; sale (1835), lot 3380; purchased for £0. 5. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 24.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 3.25.

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