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Geographia (trans. Guarinus Veronensis and Gregorius Tifernas, ed. Johannes Andreas de Bussis).


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Bussis, Johannes Andreas de: Letter addressed to] Paulus II, Pont. Max. Bussi 34-40. According to De Bussis, Nicolas V, Pont. Max., ordered Geographia to be translated by Guarinus Veronensis and Gregorius Tifernas. Although books I–X were assigned to Guarinus and XI–XVII to Gregorius, both men completed the other's task, and Guarinus wrote an analytical preface to the whole work; see A. Diller and P. O. Kristeller, ‘Strabo', CTC II 225-33, at 225-6, 230. See also A. Diller, The Textual Tradition of Strabo's Geography (Amsterdam, 1975), 126-9 on Guarinus, and 130-1 on Gregorius Tifernas. De Bussis selects for his edition the commissioned translations, and does not include Guarinus' preface. He lists Theodorus Gaza, Andronicus Callistus, and Lampugninus Biragus as having assisted with deficiencies in the part translated by Guarinus.

[a4r] [Strabo: Geographia.] Edited by Johannes Andreas de Bussis, with the help of Theodorus Gaza, Andronicus Callistus, Lampugninus Biragus. Books I–X are translated by Guarinus Veronensis; books XI–XVII by Gregorius Tifernas. Incipit: ‘[S]i ad Philosophum alia pertineat ulla tractatio . . .’ Gregorius' translation starts on [p7v], with the incipit of book XI: ‘[E]urope continua est Asia ad Tanaim flumen . . .' On the manuscripts used by de Bussis for the edition see Firenze e la scoperta dell'America: Umanesimo e geografia nel ‘400 Fiorentino, ed. Sebastiano Gentile (Florence, 1992), 187-8, no. 92. See also Diller, Textual Tradition, 132-4.

[et11r] [Table.] ‘Io. An. Episcopi Aleriensis ad Paulum II Venetum Pont. Max.’

[et11r] [Verse colophon.] Incipit: ‘Aspicis illustris lector quicunque libellos | Si cupis artificum nomina nosse lege'; 3 elegiac distichs. See Walther, Initia, 1610.


Imprint: Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [1469]. Folio.


Collation: [a–c10 d12 e–g10 h8 i–z10 [et]12].


ISTC: is00793000

Hain: HCR 15086;


Proctor: Pr 3303;

Others: CIBN S‑470; Oates 1360; Rhodes 1643; Sheppard 2616.

LCN: 14008626


Copy number: S-325(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [et12].

Gatherings [t–x] are bound following gathering [et].

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco, the spine bearing the crest of Gulston: an ostrich's wing charged with a bend sable and three plates; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; green silk bookmark.

Size: 400 × 289 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 390 × 260 mm.

Frequent marginal and interlinear notes, most of them partly erased, in a small, round, contemporary Italian hand, in light and a darker brown ink, supplying key words, brackets, comments on and corrections to the text, and references to other ancient authors. Most notes are in Latin, a few in Greek.

Provenance: Possibly Joseph Gulston (1745-1786); not in his sale catalogue (26 May 1784). Purchased for £31. 10. 0: see Library Bills (1815), no. 142, a receipt of books from an unnamed dealer; Books Purchased (1815), 4.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 1.16.

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