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Idyllia, et al. [Greek].


Analysis of Content

Α2r Theocritus: Εἰδύλλια , [I–XVIII]. ‘ Θύρσις Ὠδή ’.’ Bucolici Graeci, ed. A. S. Gow (Oxford, 1952), 3-62, nos I–XVIII; Theocritus, Theocritus, ed. with a translation and commentary by A. S. Gow, 2 vols (Cambridge, 1952), I 4-144. The first 18 of the 30 bucolic poems by or ascribed to Theocritus. On the title Εἰδύλλια, acquired at some point in Antiquity, see OCD 1498. For the transmission of the text, the ordering of the poems in this edition, and possible direct manuscript sources see C. Gallavotti, ‘Da Planude a Moscopoulo alla prima edizione a stampa di Theocrito', Studi Italiani di Filologia Classica, 13 (1936), 45-59, who suggests Georgius Valla as editor at 5; see also Theocritus, ed. Gow, I pp. xxx–xlviii, liv–lvi. For the dating of this edition, and for the suggestion that the editor was a Greek, see M. Fantuzzi, ‘Il medium tipografico negli editori greci', in Dotti Bizantini e Libri Greci nell'Italia del secolo XV, Atti del convegno internazionale, Trento 22-23 ottobre 1990, ed. M. Cortesi and E. V. Maltese (Naples, 1992), 37-60, at 43-5 and note 22. On this edition as the first ever printing of Classical Greek texts, see J. Irigoin, ‘Les origines de la typographie greque', in Dotti Bizantini, 13-28, at 21. On its typography see Irigoin, 21 and fig. 11, and Fantuzzi, 43-4.

ἔ1r Hesiodus: Ἔργα καὶ Ἡμέραι . Hesiodus, Opera et Dies, ed. F. Solmsen, in Hesiodus Opera, ed. F. Solmsen, R. Merkelbach, and M. West (Oxford, 1990), 49-85. In the heading Hesiod is referred to as ‘ του̂ Ἀσκραίου ’. On Ζ6r the ‘Days' (lines 765-828) are headed ‘ Ἡμέραι ’, and are printed as a separate poem; see Fantuzzi, ‘Medium tipografico', 44. For the early view of scholars that these lines were a later accretion see Hesiod, Works and Days, ed. with a Prolegomena and commentary by M. L. West (Oxford, 1978), 346.


Imprint: [Milan: Bonus Accursius, c.1480-1]. 4°.

Remarks: As dated by Sheppard and BSB‑Ink.


Collation: α–ζ8.

Remarks: Leaf Α2 signed Α1, Α3 signed Α2, etc.


ISTC: it00143000

Hain: HC 15476;

Goff: Goff T‑143;

BMC: BMC VI 757;

Proctor: Pr 5967;

Others: CIBN T‑100; Sheppard 4970.

LCN: 14100458


Copy number: T-077(1)

Wanting the blank leaves Α1 and Ζ8.

Binding: Eighteenth-century mottled calf, the spine gold-tooled; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 297 × 218 × 18 mm.

Size of leaf: 290 × 207 mm.

Some marginal notes in Rucellai's hand, supplying variant readings and brief references to other classical authors (including Cicero, Horace, Ovid, Varro, Vergil (Eclogues), Alkaios, Aristotle (Politica, Rhetorica), Euripides, Hesiod, Lucian, Plutarch, Sappho, Simonides, Sophocles), underlining, and a few brackets. On Δ8v after Theocritus XVIII, Rucellai has inscribed Moschus, I, Incipit: `Ἁ Κύπρις τὸν Ἔρωτα  . . .' (Bucolici Graeci, 132-3) and on ἔ1r at the head of the page: ‘A. Gelli. libro iiio cap. xi. idem G. li. xviio, ca 21. “M. autem Varro in primo de Imaginibus uter natus prior sit? parum constare dicit, sed non esse dubium, quin aliquo tempore eodem [ Πλατ. συμποσία ε 842?] uixerint. idque ex epigrammate ostendi quod [ β ἐρν 44] in Tripode scriptum est, qui in monte Helicone ab Hesiodo positus traditur”. Haec Gellius [Gell. N.A., 3.11.3-4]. Epigramma autem quod innuit est, ut arbitror, hoc: “ Ἡσίοδος μούσαις ἑλικωνεσι τηδεαν Αθηκα (!) | Ὑμνονικάσας ἐν Χαλκισί θει̂ον Ὅμηρον . Πλούταρχος πρὸς Ἀπολλώνιον περὶ Ἡσιόδου ταυτὶ λέγει πρότερον ἢ περὶ Ὁμήρου εἰπω̂ν : “ ὁ δὲ μετὰ του̂τον καὶ τῃ̂ δόξῃ καὶ τῳ χρόνῳ, καὶ τοι τω̂ν μουσω̂ν ἀναγορεύων ἑαυτὸν μαθητὴν Ἡσιόδος καὶ τʼ ἄλλα ” [Plut. Consol. ad Apollonium, 105.D.6]. Cic. de Senectute. CATO. “Quid de utilitate loquar stercorandi? dixi in eo libro quem de rebus rusticis scripsi; de qua doctus Hesiodus ne uerbum quidem fecit, cum de cultura agri scriberet. At Homerus qui multis, ut mihi uidetur, ante seculis fuit, Laertem lenientem desiderium, non quod capiebat e filio, colentem agrum et eum stercorantem facit” [Cic. Sen., 54.1-7]'.

Provenance: Cosimo di Bernardo Rucellai (1468-1520); inscription: ‘Cosmi Oricellarij καὶ τω̂ν φίλων ’ on Α1r. Italian name (seventeenth century); ‘Di [ ]fredi[ ] 1621(?)' on the same page. James St Amand (1687-1754); see ‘Cat. S. Am. 195' on the same page. Bequeathed in 1754.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 3.1.

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