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Bod-Inc: T-024

Terentius Afer, Publius



Analysis of Content

[a1r] [Epitaphium Terentii.] Incipit: ‘[N]atus in excelsis tectis Cartaginis alte | Romanis ducibus bellica preda fui'; 3 elegiac distichs. See T‑021.

[a1r] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha of Andria.] ‘Argumentum Andrie.’ Sulp. Peri. Ter. An. Sulpicius's periochae are presented as verse. On these see T‑021.

[a1r] Terentius Afer, Publius: [Andria]. Ter. An. In this edition Terence's plays are presented as prose. For their ordering, An. Eu. Haut. Ad. Ph. Hec., in tenth-century and fifteenth-century Γclass manuscripts see M. D. R[eeve], in Texts and Transmission, 416 n. 32.

[c1v] [Didascalia for Eunuchus.] ‘Acta ludis Megalensibus uel(!) Postumio Albino Cornelio Merula edilibus curulibus . . . M. Valerio C. Nummio Lauino consulibus'. See T‑021.

[c1v] [Anonymous summary of] Eunuchus. ‘Argumentum'. Incipit: ‘[M]eretrix adoloscentem cuius mutuo amore tenebatur exclusit eique reuocato . . .’ See T‑021.

[c2r] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha of Eunuchus.] ‘Aliud Argumentum.’ Sulp. Peri. Ter. Eu.

[c2r] [Terentius Afer, Publius]: Eunuchus. ‘Prolagus(!)'. Ter. Eun.

[e5r] [Didascalia for Hautontimorumenos.] ‘Acta ludis Megalensibus I. Cornelio Lentulo L. Valerio Flacco edilibus corulibus(!) . . . Iunio et Tito Sempronio consulibus'. See T‑021.

[e5r] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha of Hautontimorumenos.] ‘Argumentum'. Sulp. Peri. Ter. Hau.

[e5r] [Terentius Afer, Publius: Hautontimorumenos.] ‘Prolagus(!)'. Ter. Hau.

[h3v] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha of Adelphoe.] Sulp. Peri. Ter. Ad. See T‑021.

[h3r] Terentius Afer, Publius: Adelphoe. ‘P. Terentii Afrii poete comici Adelphos'. ‘Prologus.’ Ter. Ad.

[k5v] [Didascalia for Phormio.] ‘Acta ludis Romanis L. Postumio Albino L. Cornelio Merula edulibus(!) ciuilibus . . . Claudii tibiis imparibus'. See T‑021.

[k5v] [Anonymous summary of] Phormio. ‘Formionis Argumentum'. Incipit: ‘[E]x duobus fratribus alter locuplex duxit uxorem locupletem . . .’ expl: ‘suo amanti subuenisset'. See T‑022.

[k6r] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha of Phormio.] ‘Aliud Argumentum.’ Sulp. Peri. Ter. Ph.

[k6v] Terentius Afer, Publius: Phormio. ‘Prologus Formionis.’ Ter. Ph.

[m9r] [Anonymous summary of Hecyra.] ‘Terrentii Affri Comici Poete Hechira . . . Argumentum'. Incipit: ‘[A]dolescens qui meretricis amore tenebatur in peruigilio stuprauit uirginem . . .’ expl: ‘error fabule nascitur'. See T‑022.

[m9v] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha of] Hecyra. ‘Argumentum Hechira'. Sulp. Peri. Ter. Hec.

[m9v] Terentius Afer, Publius: [Prologue to Hecyra]. ‘Prologus.’ Ter. Hec., prologus.

[m10v] [Didascalia for Hecyra.] ‘Acta ludis Romanis Sexto Iulio Cesare Gn. Cornelio edilibus corulibus(!) . . . Q. Fulmio L. Marcho edilibus corulibus'. See T‑022.

[m10v] Terentius Afer, Publius: Hecyra. ‘Terrentii Affri cominci(!) poete Echira'. Ter. Hec.


Imprint: [Florence?: Printer of Terentius ‘Comoediae', c.1470?] 4°.

Remarks: P. Scapecchi on linguistic grounds assigns to Florence in ‘Scava, scava, vecchia talpa! L'oscuro lavoro dell'incunabulista', Biblioteche oggi, 2 (1984), 37-50, at 42-3, followed by D. Rhodes in Gli annali tipografici fiorentini del XV secolo, Biblioteca di bibliografia italiana, 113 (Florence, 1988), 15-16, 117 no. 750. However, P. Trovato in La Toscana al tempo di Lorenzo il Magnifico, ed. L. Beschi (Pisa, 1996), II 530-2, on the same linguistic grounds assigns the book to Naples, supporting Pr. The probable Fiesole provenance of the Bodleian copy, suggested by the inscribed names of the bookseller and buyer, would seem to support Scapecchi's argument.


Collation: [a–e10 f8 g6 h–n10 o8].

Types: Type: 115 R; capital spaces.

Leaves: 132 leaves.

Line number: 26 lines ([a3r]).

Type area: Type area: 150 ×101 mm ([a3r]).


ISTC: it00064300

Hain: C 5730;

Proctor: Pr 6748;

Others: Fava–Bresciano 219; Sheppard 5475. Microfiche: Unit 8: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part II PI 86.

LCN: 14098373


Copy number: T-024(1)

Wanting leaves [a1-2].

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; gilt-edged leaves; grey pastedowns; green silk bookmark.

Size: 242 × 171 × 28 mm.

Size of leaf: 229 × 158 mm.

Marginal and interlinear notes in a contemporary cursive Italian hand, probably that of Nicolaus Michaelis(?), mainly supplying synonyms, paraphrases of the text, and running headings in red ink. Marginal notes in an early sixteenth-century Italian hand, supplying notes in Latin and translating phrases of Terence into Italian, for example, on [b6r]: ‘muliercula la piccola donna'; [b7v]: ‘hic sincophanta | ma[n]giatore di fichj; and on [d4r]: limus a um | atrauerso | pessulum el | chiauistello'. On verso of the rear endleaf in the same hand: ‘Questa vita e si grossa che la si regge per se medesimo | Hec uita tam magnia(!) est quam sine pedamento per se [reg]itur'. ‘7–6' in brown ink on recto of front endleaf.

One- to two-line initials are supplied in blue ink.

Provenance: M[aestro?] Agnolo, cartolaio (late fifteenth century); inscription on [o8v]: ‘Ego emi istum librum quinquaginta so[lidi] | Questo libro compero Nicolaio di Michelle p[ ] | Mo Agnolo Caltolaio che apr (sic) sota (deletum) apresso al uescho | uado . . .', possibly to be identified with Bartolomeo d'Agnolo Tucci (1427-1525), cartolaio, son of Agnolo Tucci (1395-1467), cartolaio to the Badia 1451-67. Nicolaus Michaelis (late fifteenth century); for inscription see above. George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834)(?); accession number ‘10650' on the verso of the front endleaf in black ink; not identified in sale catalogue (1821). Purchased from Payne and Foss for £26. 5. 0; see Books Purchased (1828), 27.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O 5.32.

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