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Bod-Inc: T-221

Tortellius, Johannes

De orthographia.


Analysis of Content

Subject: grammar

[a2r] Tortellius, Johannes: De Orthographia. [Preface addressed to] Nicolaus V, Pont. Max. ‘Ioannis Tortellii Arretini commentariorum grammaticorum de Orthographia dictionum e Graecis tractarum Prooemium incipit ad sanctissimum patrem Nicolaum quintum pontificem maximum.’ Incipit: ‘[C]oeperam olim, beatissime pater Nicolae V. summe pontifex, commentaria quaedam grammatica condere ...’ [a3r] Explicit: ‘... Appiano, Diodoro Siculo, multisque aliis approbatis auctoribus et Graecis et Latinis, quos suis locis commode inducemus.’ [See T‑220].

[a3r] Tortellius, Johannes: De Orthographia. ‘Ioannis Tortellii Arretini commentariorum grammaticorum de Orthographia dictionum e Graecis tractarum liber primus incipit. | De numero et figura atque inventione litterarum tam Graecarum quam Latinarum.’ Incipit: ‘[G]raecorum litteras quibus ipsi nunc Graeci utuntur, .xxiiii. esse constant, videlicet ...’ [ee9v] Explicit: ‘... Zuthus cum th aspirato scribitur, fuit teste Homero in decimo Odysseae Aeoli filius ex Lepatra.’ See T‑220.

[ee9v] Colophon: ‘Ioannis Tortellii Arretini commentariorum de Orthographia dictionum e Graecis tractarum opus finit, .M.CCCC.LXXI. per Nicolaum Ienson Gallicum Venetiis feliciter impressum. | Deo Gratias.’


Imprint: Venice Nicolaus Jenson 1471 Folio.

Secundo folio: [a3r] orthographiam suis litteris ordinabimus et quam brevissime dabitur ea narrabuntur; [a4r] compositae, namquam nos simplici voce adicimus illi pluribus syllabis alpha nominant.


Collation: [a–c10 d8 e–h10 i k8 l–n10 o8 p–t10 v8 x–z [et]10 [con]8 [rum] aa–ee10].

Remarks: Spaces left blank for initials, with printed guide letters.


ISTC: it00395000

Hain: HC *15564 = HC 15568;

Goff: Goff T‑395;

BMC: BMC V 170;

Proctor: Pr 4081;

Others: BSB‑Ink T‑384; CIBN T‑290; Hillard 1980; Sack, Freiburg, 3486; Sheppard 3252. Microfiche: Unit 8: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part II, PI 89.

LCN: 14719690


Copy number: T-221(1)

Variant setting in gathering [q], as BMC variant ‘A'.

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

Size: 404 × 285 × 72 mm.

Size of leaf: 397 × 263 mm.

‘1883' on the front endleaf in brown ink.

On [a2r] a large initial ‘C' is supplied in pink with acanthus-leaf decoration in green. Other principal initials are supplied in red with reserved white decoration; smaller initials are supplied in red.

Provenance: Gerard Meerman (1722-1771); acquired after 1756 (ex informatione Jos van Heel); manuscript catalogue (MMW S 145 V, fol. 128v). Johan Meerman (1753-1815); purchased at his sale, vol. II, p. 4, lot 33, for Fl. 91: see Books Purchased . . . at the Sale of M. Meerman, p. 25, with auction number on label at the head of the spine; ‘Catalogus Bibliothecae Novae', fol. 108v: ‘Meerman'.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 1.2.

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