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Bod-Inc: S-304

Statuta Communis Genuae (ed. Antonius Maria Visdominus)


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A1r Visdominus, Antonius Maria: Carmen [addressed to] the book. Incipit: ‘Oppida uade liber Ligurum recturus et urbes | Quicquid et aequoreis ad iuga vergit aquis'; 4 elegiac distichs.

A1r Visdominus, Antonius Maria: Carmen [addressed to] the reader. Incipit: ‘Non poterat Clario utilius tibi numine mitti | Nec turba Aonidum candide lector opus'; 6 elegiac distichs.

A1v Visdominus, Antonius Maria: Letter [addressed to] Augustinus and Johannes Adurnus (i.e. Adorno). Incipit: ‘[I]nter scriptores nequaquam contemptibiles et philosophos tam phisicos quam ethicos . . .’ Dated Bologna, 4 July 1498. In the letter there is a mention of the relationship between the editor, who also financed the printing of this edition, and the printer. See Chelazzi III 279-80.

A4r [Editorial note on printer's mistakes.]

A4r Visdominus, Antonius Maria: Endecasyllabus Saphycus [addressed to] the City of Genoa. Incipit: ‘O nimis felix Genua et beata | Fausta diues florida gloriosa'; 24 lines of verse.

A4v ‘Tabula civilium'.

b1r Statuta et decreta communis Genuae. Edited by Antonius Maria Visdominus. ‘De Curia tenenda et diebus feriatis. Capitulus I.'. Incipit: ‘[T]eneantur magistratus Ianuae curiam tenere et causas audire . . .’

r3v ‘Registrum'.

2b1r ‘Capitula seu ordinamenta criminalia comunis Ianuae'. Edited by Antonius Maria Visdominus. ‘De accusationibus et denuntiationibus et qui accusare et denuntiare teneantur. Capitulum primum.’ Incipit: ‘[S]i aliqua persona accusauerit seu denunciauerit aliquam aliam personam . . .’

2f5r [Colophon.]

2f5r ‘Registrum'.

2f5v ‘Tabula criminalium'.


Imprint: Bologna: Caligula de Bazaleriis, [4 July], 30 June 1498. Folio.

Remarks: Prelims were printed last according to the date 4 July in the editor's dedicatory letter to the brothers Adorno. The innermost pages of gathering K are several lines short and have very few contractions (BMC), thus showing copy-fitting.


Collation: A b–l6 m4 n o6 p–r4 2b–f6.


ISTC: is00714000

Hain: HC *15007;

Goff: Goff S‑714;

BMC: BMC VI 837;

Proctor: Pr 6619;

Others: BSB‑Ink S‑542; CIBN S‑398; Sheppard 5373-4.

LCN: 14878607, 14878683


Copy number: S-304(1)

Leaf l6r, last line: ‘accom̄datariɔ ɂuictɔ ſit / uel ɂdēnatɔ / exīde tenea mr̄atɔ trader̄'.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half russia over marbled pasteboards, the spine blind-tooled, with the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 295 × 203 × 32 mm.

Size of leaf: 292 × 185 mm.

At the beginning are bound four paper leaves, the first two containing a sixteenth-century copy, by ‘Matheus Cancellarius' and probably dated 18 June 1567, of ‘Capitoli et reformaccioni circa il gouerno del quartero di Pessino della podestaria di Rapallo'. Another 12 paper leaves are bound at the end; they contain sixteenth-century transcriptions of documents by the Malaspina family. Extensively annotated by Malaspina.

Provenance: Bartholomaeus Malaspina (fl. c.1540); his signature and monogram dated 11 July 1540. Frederic North, 5th Earl of Guilford (1766-1827); armorial book-plate (for Hon. Frederic North), with motto ‘La vertu est la seule noblesse' (Howe, Book Plates, 22027 or 22028); not found in sale (1831). Purchased ‘At Wise's 1st auction of Thorpe's Books', lot 880, for £0. 4. 0; see Books Purchased (1832), 22; and Financial Statements (1828-32; 1837-40 (Library Records b.4)), no. 16, ‘Books purchased by the Librarian'.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q sup. 1.18.

Copy number: S-304(2)

Bound with B‑236; see there for details of binding and provenance.

Size of leaf: 264 × 178 mm.

Leaf l6r, last line: ‘accomēdatarius ɂuictus ſit / uel ɂdēnatus / exīde tenea mr̄atus'.

Wanting the blank leaf r4.

Frequent marginal notes in the first part of the book only, mostly providing corrections to the text and extracting key words, also some pointing hands, in a contemporary Italian humanist hand in light brown ink. On b1v and b2r, containing a list of feast days, a number of other entries have been added by the same hand, in particular: ‘die xii septembris festum recepte libertatis ex decreto'. In the lower margin of b3r the name ‘Andreas (?)' has been washed away.

SHELFMARK: Bowyer 48(1).

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