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Bod-Inc: T-220

Tortellius, Johannes

De Orthographia (ed. Adam Montaltus).


Analysis of Content

[a1v] Montaltus, Adam: ‘Proemium' [addressed to] Philippus de Lévis de Quélus. Incipit: ‘Quoniam quidem par est et haud indirecte censendum . . .’ Explicit: hominibus persuadeo

[a2r] Tortellius, Johannes: De Orthographia. Edited by Adam Montaltus, as stated in his letter. ‘Prohemium' [addressed to] Nicolaus V, Pont. Max. S. Rizzo, ‘Per una tipologia delle tradizioni manoscritte di classici latini in età umanistica', in Formative Stages of Classical Traditions: Latin Texts from Antiquity to the Renaissance, ed. Oronzo Pecere and Michael D. Reeve (Spoleto, 1995), 371-407, at 402-7. On the printer's copy for this edition, Vatican, MS. Vat. lat. 3319, see L. Capoduro, ‘L'edizione romana del “De orthographia” di Giovanni Tortelli (Hain 15563) e Adamo da Montaldo', Scrittura, biblioteche e stampa II, 37-56, at 46-51 on editorship, and, at 39-40, also dating the work to the autumn of 1451; see also M. D. Rinaldi, ‘Fortuna e diffusione del De orthographia di Giovanni Tortelli', Italia medioevale e umanistica, 16 (1973), 227-61, at 258-61.

[a2v] ‘Ordo totius operis'. Incipit: ‘[I]taque primum de literrarum inuentione . . .’

[a2v] ‘Ex quibus auctoribus acceptum est opus'. Incipit: ‘[A]ccepimusque hec primum ex fragmentis decem librorum Papiriani . . .’

[a3r] Tortellius, Johannes: De Orthographia. ‘Commentariorum grammaticorum de orthographia dictionum e Grecis tractarum liber primus . . . de numero et figura atque inuentione litterarum tam Grecarum quam Latinarum etc'. Incipit: ‘[G]recorum litteras quibus ipsi nunc Greci utuntur . . .’ See Index des lemmes du De orthographia de Giovanni Tortelli, ed. J.-L. Charlet and M. Furno (Aix-en-Provence, 1994).


Imprint: Rome: Ulrich Han and Simon Nicolai Chardella, [after 10 Aug] 1471. Folio.


Collation: [a b10 c d8 e10 f8 g6 h i10 k8 l10 m8 n6 o–q10 r8 s6 t8 v10 x8 y z A–D10 E8 F12 G–I10 K12].


ISTC: it00394000

Hain: HC (+ Addenda) 15563; C 6299;

Goff: Goff T‑394;


Proctor: Pr 3353;

Others: CIBN T‑291; Oates 1373; Sheppard 2668. Microfiche: Unit 10: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part IV, PI 29.

LCN: 14719732


Copy number: T-220(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [K12]; leaf [K11] cut out and mounted, with loss of heading.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf; sprinkled brown-edged leaves.

Size: 417 × 287 × 80 mm.

Size of leaf: 406 × 267 mm.

Some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, providing occasional corrections to the text, and providing ‘nota' marks and pointing hands, in a contemporary humanist hand, in brown and red ink. On [n3r] the following marginal note extracted from the text: ‘Maffeum Vegium nostri temporis poetam elegantissimum'. In the same hand also running chapter numbers (in the form of letters of the alphabet) and most initials in red ink. Early signatures in brown ink partially visible.

Provenance: Purchased for £2. 12. 0: see Books Purchased (1829), 21; and Financial Statements (1828-32; 1837-40, Library Records b.4), no. 3, ‘Books purchased by the Librarian'.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. L inf. 2.1.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P inf. 1.1.

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