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Bod-Inc: S-197

Silius Italicus

Punica (ed. Johannes Andreas de Bussis), et al.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Silius Italicus: Punica. Edited by Johannes Andrea de Bussis, Bishop of Aleria; see colophon. Sil. For the re-emergence of the Punica in the fifteenth century see M. D. R[eeve], ‘Silius Italicus', in Texts and Transmission, 389-91, at 389-90; E. L. Bassett, J. Delz, and A. J. Dunston, in CTC III 341-98, at 342-9. According to Silius Italicus, Punica, ed. J. Delz (Stuttgart, 1987), p. xlviii, the text in this edition shows affiliations with manuscripts written by people connected with Pomponius Laetus. On Johannes Andreas de Bussis' hasty editing see Bussi, p. xl.

[r4v] [Colophon.] ‘Johannes Andrea. Episcopus Aleriensis in insula Cyrno recognitionem'.

[r4v] [Verse colophon addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Aspicis illustris lector quicunque libellos | Si cupis artificum nomina nosce lege'; 4 elegiac distichs. See Walther, Initia, 1610.

[A2r] Calpurnius [Siculus, Titus: Eclogae]. ‘Carmen bucolicum'. Calp. Ecl., nos 1-7; see C‑033.

[B3r] [Nemesianus, Marcus Aurelius Olympius]: Bucolica. Calp. Ecl., nos 8-11.

[aa1v] Valle, Nicolaus de: [Carmen addressed to] Pius II, Pont. Max. Incipit: ‘Si uacat Enea rerum dignissime presul | Grataque sunt animo carmina nostra tuo'; 9 elegiac distichs. In this poem Nicolaus de Valle dedicates his translation of Hesiod to Pius II.

[aa2r] Hesiodus: Opera et dies. ‘ ἔργα καὶ ἡμέραι Nicolai de Valle e greco conuersio'. Translated by Nicolaus de Valle. Incipit: ‘[P]ierides musae quarum uiget inclyta cantu | Fama ducum et uestri decus immortale parentis'. This edition of De Valle's translation is mentioned by B. Gatta, ‘Dal casale al libro: i Della Valle', in Scrittura, bibioteche e stampa a Roma nel Quattrocento: Atti del 2° seminario, 6-8 maggio 1982, ed. M. Miglio and others, Littera antiqua, 3 (Vatican City, 1983), 629-52, at 630 and n. 5


Imprint: Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [not before 5 Apr. 1471]. Folio.


Collation: [a–p10 q8 r6 A B aa8 bb6].


ISTC: is00503000

Hain: HC 14733 (Silius); H 4209a (Calpurnius);

Goff: Goff S‑503;


Proctor: Pr 3317;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑384; CIBN S‑257; Oates 1363; Sheppard 2630-1. Microfiche: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part IV, PI 20.

LCN: 13890989, 14051205


Copy number: S-197(1)

Wanting the leaves [b3], [e9], the blank leaves [a1], [r5-6], and gatherings [A–bb], containing the texts of Calpurnius and Hesiod.

Misbound in the following order: [e10], [f1-10], [e3, 8, 1, 4-7, 2] . . . [k9], [l10], [k10].

Binding: Late eighteenth-century red morocco; bound for the Bodleian Library by Heinrich Walther; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers; gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; light green silk bookmark.

Size: 319 × 214 × 42 mm.

Size of leaf: 307 × 193 mm.

Erased notes on [a2r-v] in a contemporary Italian hand, supplying comments on the text.

Some six-line initials are supplied in red, with reserved white decoration.

Provenance: Purchased for £30. 12. 6; see Books Purchased (1790), 8.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 2.23.

Copy number: S-197(2)

Wanting the blank leaf [A1], and the gatherings [a–r] containing the text of the Punica.

Binding: Nineteenth-century red morocco; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; indigo silk bookmark.

Size: 333 × 225 × 13 mm.

Size of leaf: 324 × 215 mm.

On [A2] an Italian illuminated epigraphic initial ‘N' is supplied in gold, surrounded by white vine-stems defined in red, with blue dotting, and green on a blue square, with white vine-stem extensions defined in blue and gold dotting; see Pächt & Alexander II, 107 no. pr. 23. Other initials are supplied in blue.

Provenance: Cardinal Johannes Castellar (1441-1503); coat of arms pasted in the lower margin of [A2r], surmounted by a cardinal's hat: quarterly, 1 and 4 gules, castle with three turrets, or; 2 and 3 of the second, nine piles in threes, of the first, and in chief three escutcheons, in base two of the same, bearing five small indeterminate charges. Purchased for £13. 17. 0; see Books Purchased (1795), 2.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 2.24.

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