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Bod-Inc: T-222

Tortellius, Johannes

De orthographia (ed. Hieronymus Bononius).


Analysis of Content

A2r Tortellius, Johannes: De Orthographia. Edited by Hieronymus Bononius, as stated in his letter. ‘Prooemium' [addressed to] Nicolaus V, Pont. Max. See T‑220 and M. Pastore Stocchi, ‘La cultura umanistica', in Storia di Treviso. III. L'età moderna, ed. E. Brunetta (Venice, 1992), 137-57, at 144ss.

A3r [Ordo totius operis]. Incipit: ‘[I]taque primum de literrarum inuentione . . .’

A3r [Ex quibus auctoribus acceptum est opus.] Incipit: ‘[A]ccepimusque haec primum ex fragmentis decem librorum Papyriani . . .’

A3r Tortellius, Johannes: De Orthographia. ‘Commentariorum grammaticorum de orthographia dictionum e Graecis tractarum liber primus incipit. De numero et figura atque inuentione litterarum tam Graecarum quam Latinarum'. Incipit: ‘[G]raecorum litteras quibus ipsi nunc Graeci utuntur . . .’

&8r [Colophon.]

&8r Bononius, Hieronymus: [Letter addressed to] Constantinus Robeganus. Incipit: ‘[Q]uorundam hominum istis temporibus uaniloquentias . . .’

&8v Bononius, Hieronymus: ‘Carmen in primi impressoris commendationem'. Incipit: ‘Tingere dispositis chartas quicunque metallis | Coepit et insignes edidit aere notas'; 13 elegiac distichs.


Imprint: Treviso: Hermannus Liechtenstein, for Michael Manzolus, 2 Apr. 1477. Folio and 4°.


Collation: A10+1 B–G10 H8 I10 K–N6.8 O12 a–e10 f–i8.10 k l6 m–o8 p6 q–s10 t12 u–y10 z6 &10.


ISTC: it00396000

Hain: HC 15565;

Goff: Goff T‑396;

BMC: BMC VI 887, 891;

Proctor: Pr 6469 = 6480;

Others: BSB‑Ink T‑385; CIBN T‑292; Rhodes 1730; Rhodes, Treviso, no. 69; Sheppard 5513.

LCN: 14719650, 14719714


Copy number: T-222(1)

Wanting the blank leaves A1 and &10.

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

Size: 273 × 195 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 266 × 180 mm.

On A3r a transcription of the Greek alphabet with its pronunciation. More marginal notes, mainly extracting key concepts, in an early German hand. On &9v bibliographical notes referring to German astronomical texts of the second half of the sixteenth century.

Provenance: Himmerod, Eifel, Cistercians, S. Thomas; inscription on A2r: ‘Lib. Bibliothecae Himmerodensis'. Purchased for £1. 8. 6; see Books Purchased (1826), 16.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O 5.31.

Copy number: T-222(2)

Not in Sheppard.

Wanting the blank leaf A1. The return leaf of sheet A4, which should be cut away, is here left as blank.

A variant: in the colophon the name of the printer has been substituted for that of Michael Manzolus Parmensis, who commissioned the edition; see BMC.

Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) quarter parchment over pasteboards also covered in parchment; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Author's name and imprint information in brown ink at the head of the spine; green silk bookmark.

Size: 288 × 205 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 284 × 204 mm.

‘7449' and ‘415' in brown ink on the front pastedown. Numerous marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in the owner's humanist hand, in red and brown ink. An unusual ‘nota' mark on E9v. On &10r the following note/verse in the owner's hand: ‘En balestra latro discorp[ ] pendet ab unco [ ](?) discit | Et magis in festum regnat in urbe malum | Ad vada nunc buffo pestis monstrosa marinus | Insidet et tutum carpe viator iter'.

Provenance: Master Johannes de Liniaco [i.e. Legnago, Verona] (fifteenth century); inscription on A2r: ‘Magistri Ioannis de Liniaco'. Purchased in Florence via D. A. Talboys, Oxford, for £0. 15. 0; see Books Purchased (1832), 23, and Library Bills (1829-32), no. 446.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. N extra 1.9.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 4.36.

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