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Bod-Inc: T-224

Tortellius, Johannes

De orthographia (ed. Hieronymus Bononius).


Analysis of Content

Subject: grammar

A1r Tortellius, Johannes: De Orthographia [edited by, as stated in his letter] Hieronymus Bononius. [Preface addressed to] Nicolaus V, Pont. Max. ‘Ioannis Tortellii Arretini commentariorum grammaticorum de Orthogrphia [sic] 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 ...’ A2r Explicit: ‘... multisque aliis approbatis auctoribus et Graecis et Latinis, quos suis locis commode inducemus.’ See T‑220.

A2r 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 constat, videlicet ...’ &4r Explicit: ‘... Zuthus cum th. aspirato scribitur, fuit teste Homero in decimo Odysseae Aeoli filius ex Leapatra.’

&4r Colophon: ‘Ioannis Tortellii Arretini commentariorum grammaticorum de Orthographia dictionum e Graecis tractarum opus, per Hermanum Lichtenstein Coloniensem Vicentiae accuratissime impressum die ultima mensis Octobris anno Millesimo quadrigentesimo octuagesimo.’

&4v Bononius, Hieronymus: [Letter addressed to] Constantinus Robeganus. ‘Primario litterarii ordinis viro Constantino Robegano notario Tarvisano Hieronymus | Bononius s.p.d.’ Incipit: ‘[Q]uorundam hominum istis temporibus vaniloquentias, qui dum caeteris detrahunt sibi ascribere opinati ...’ &5r Explicit: ‘... Tu interim bene vales et [...] me ama.’

&5r Bononius, Hieronymus: Carmen. ‘Eiusdem Hieronimi Carmen in primi impressoris commendationem.’ Incipit: Tingere dispositis chartas quicunque metallis | Coepit, et insignes edidit aere notas ... Explicit: ‘... Utilis effluxit cuius ab arre [sic] liber. [13 elegiac distichs]’

&5r ‘Sequitur registrum huius libri.’


Imprint: Vicenza Hermannus Liechtenstein 31 Oct. 1480. Folio.

Secundo folio: A2r In dictionibus Graecis ad nos pertinentibus, quam Latinis commutationes explicabimus; A3r nominibus transcribendis deservirent. Nam ut ait Quintili. a Graeco sermone ma


Collation: A8 [2A]1 B–O8 P6 a–r ſ s–z8 &6.

Remarks: Spaces left blank for initials, without printed guide letters.


ISTC: it00398000

Hain: HC *15567;

Goff: Goff T‑398;

BMC: BMC VII 1037;

Proctor: Pr 7158;

Others: BSB‑Ink T‑387; CIBN T‑294; Rhodes 1731; Sheppard 5909.

LCN: 14719750


Copy number: T-224(1)

Wanting the blank leaves A1 and &6.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled light brown morocco; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; blue silk bookmark.

Size: 302 × 207 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 293 × 192 mm.

Numerous marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in a contemporary humanist hand in brown ink. Early manuscript foliation in brown ink: ‘i–xxi; 32-199' only.

On A2r a large Italian initial ‘C' is supplied in pink with blue and white pen-work decoration in the shape of architectural motifs, within a square gold ground edged in black; the area defined by the letter is decorated with green and pink architectural motifs; see Pächt and Alexander II, no. pr. 113 (Vicenza?).

Provenance: Coat of arms on A2r: argent, two bendlets vert and gules; flanked by initials F and P, for the Passerini family. Acquired some time after the second half of the eighteenth century, to judge from the shelfmark.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. P. 2.13.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O 4.13.

Copy number: T-224(2)

Wanting the blank leaf A1.

Binding: Sixteenth-century German pigskin over wooden boards, with two metal catches, one metal clasp and remains of another. On both covers, triple fillets form a sextuple frame. Within the outer frame a double cresting roll. No stamps or rolls within the following frame. Within the following frame a roll showing saints and religious figures; no stamps or rolls within the following frame; within the following frame, a foliate roll with cameo heads; the inner rectangle is decorated with a repeated foliate stamp. Strips from twelfth/thirteenth-century manuscripts visible in the sewing of the binding.

Size: 314 × 205 × 74 mm.

Size of leaf: 297 × 196 mm.

A few marginal notes, mainly extracting key words and etymological explanations, also some pointing hands, in an early humanist hand in brown ink.

Provenance: Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate; purchased in 1957 from William Dawson and Sons Ltd, for £47. 9. 0; accession no. ‘R 1505'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 94.3.

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