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Bod-Inc: S-186

Servius Honoratus, Maurus

Commentarii in Vergilii opera. Donatus: Vita Vergilii.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Donatus, [Aelius: Vita Vergilii.] Vitae Vergilianae Antiquae, ed. C. Hardie (Oxford, 1966), 6-18. On the Donatian life of Vergil see Enciclopedia Virgiliana (Rome, 1990), V*, 570-88; C. E. Murgia, ‘The Donatian Life of Vergil, DS and D', California Studies in Classical Antiquity, 7 (1974), 257-77.

[a9r] [Servius Honoratus, Maurus: Commentarii in Vergilii opera: Commentary on Ecl.] Serv. Ecl. The text in this edition is not the version of Servius Danielis. See P. K. M[arshall], in Texts and Transmission, 387-8; Servius, Servianorum in Vergilii carmina commentariorum, ed. E. K. Rand (Lancaster, Pa., 1946- ), pp. iii–vi.

[e1r] [Servius Honoratus, Maurus: Commentarii in Vergilii opera: Commentary on G.] Serv. G.

[m1r] [Servius Honoratus, Maurus: Commentarii in Vergilii opera: Commentary on A.] Serv. A.

[N12v] [Verse colophon.] Kallendorf, 19 no. 4. On this advertisement see Lowry, Jenson, 53.


Imprint: [Venice]: Christophorus Valdarfer, 1471. Folio.

Remarks: For the colophon attributing correction to Ludovico Carbone; see L. Piacente, ‘Ludovico Carbone e un'edizione “pirata” di Servio', Invigilata Lucernis, 9 (1987), 129-42.


Collation: [a12 b8 c10 d6 e10 f6 g10 h8 i10 k12 l10 m–o10 p8 q r10 s8+1 t u10 x6+1 y z8 A B10 C12 D10 E6+1 F G10 H12 I–M10 N12].


ISTC: is00479000

Hain: H 14706;

Goff: Goff S‑479;

BMC: BMC V 184;

Proctor: Pr 4135;

Others: CIBN S‑241; Copinger, Incunabula Virgiliana, 47; Kallendorf 4, 5, 6; Sheppard 3305.

LCN: 14050728


Copy number: S-186(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [a1]. Leaf [N12] is cut out and mounted.

Colophon as H 14706. Leaf [E7] blank, with manuscript note: ‘nihil Deest'. The fourth sheet of gathering [I] was wrongly folded in binding.

Binding: Eighteenth-century French red morocco; the spine gold-tooled (including cornflower stamps); gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; green silk bookmark.

Size: 341 × 243 × 72 mm.

Size of leaf: 330 × 220 mm.

Frequent marginal notes on the Donatian Vita and the commentary on Ecl. in a fifteenth-century hand from Lombardy, extracting key phrases, and the Vergilian lemmata, often with a Servian comment, all preceded by ‘ Π’. The notes ‘collationé très complet' and ‘N. 2. 8' in pencil, and ‘no. 1103' in brown ink on verso of front endleaf. ‘Bib. Inst. No. 2671' on the recto of the second leaf.

Illuminated initial attached to the rear pastedown, with note from A. C. de la Mare to David Rogers.

Provenance: Guillaume de Bure (1734-1820); ‘of De Bure' on the recto of the second front endleaf. Michael Wodhull (1740-1816); inscription: ‘£18:18s - M. Wodhull May 18th 1803' and ‘of De Bure' on the same page; no sale of this date identified. Thomas Ryburn Buchanan (1846-1911). Presented by Mrs Buchanan in 1941.

SHELFMARK: Buchanan c.7.

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