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Bod-Inc: T-226

Tortellius, Johannes

De orthographia (ed. Hieronymus Bononius).


Analysis of Content

Subject: grammar

A2r Tortellius, Johannes: De Orthographia [edited by, as stated in his letter] Hieronymus Bononius. [Preface addressed to] Nicolaus V, Pont. Max. ‘Iohannis 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 ...’ A2v Explicit: ‘... Appiano, Diodoro Siculo, multisque aliis approbatis auctoribus et Graecis et Latinis, quos suis locis commode inducemus.’ See T‑220.

A2v Tortellius, Johannes: De Orthographia. ‘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 ...’ r5r Explicit: ‘... Zuthus cum th. aspirato scribitur, fuit teste Homero in x. Odysseae Aeoli filius ex Lepatra.’

r5r Colophon: ‘Ioannis Tortellii Arretini commentariorum grammaticorum de Orthographia dictionum e Graecis tractarum opus per magistrum Andream de Paltasichis Catharenensem, Venetiis, xviii. calendas Ianuarias accuratissime impressum, anno salutis M.CCCC.LXXXIII.’

r5r Bononius, Hieronymus: [Letter addressed to] Constantinus Robeganus. Incipit: ‘[Q]uorundam hominum istis temporibus vaniloquentias qui dum caeteris detrahunt sibi plurimum ascribere opinati ...’ Explicit: ‘... Nec tamen tales hi erunt errores, ut non facillime castigaturus sit culpam in me nullam relaturus benignus interpres. Tu interim bene vale, et quod facis me ama.’

r5v Bononius, Hieronymus: ‘Eiusdem Hieronymi Carmen in primi impressoris commendationem.’ [Verse] Incipit: Tingere dispositis chartas quicunque metallis | Coepit et insignes edidit aere notas ... Explicit: ‘... Artifici semper faveant pia numina sancto | Utilis effluxit cuius ab arte liber. | L.V.F. [13 elegiac distichs]’

r6r ‘Registrum huius voluminis sic se habet.’


Imprint: Venice Andreas de Paltasichis 15 Dec. 1488. Folio.

Secundo folio: A3r subtracta aspiratione dicatur retor vel Pyrrus non minus intellectus manet integer


Collation: A–H8.6 I6 K8 a–k8.6 l m8 n–r6.

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


ISTC: it00400000

Hain: HC *15571;

Goff: Goff T‑400;

BMC: BMC V 355;

Proctor: Pr 4780;

Others: BSB‑Ink T‑389; CIBN T‑296; Hillard 1981; Sheppard 3925-6.

LCN: 14719708


Copy number: T-226(1)

Bound with N‑126(2); see there for details of binding and provenance.

Size of leaf: 301 × 197 mm.

Wanting the blank leaf A1.

Some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words and providing corrections to the text on A2r–v only, in the same contemporary Italian hand, in light brown ink, that added the ownership note. In the same hand, two large initials on A2r–v.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 3.9(1).

Copy number: T-226(2)

Binding: Contemporary English blind-tooled calf over wooden boards. Remains of leather clasps hinging from the upper cover and fixed to the boards by two circular nails each. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of upper cover. ‘21' in white at the head of the spine and in black across the fore-edge. Quadruple fillets form a double frame. Within the outer frame a six-petalled floral roll. Diagonal quadruple fillets divide the inner rectangle into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, each decorated with a lozenge-shaped or a triangular foliate stamp. Oldham, Blind-stamped Bindings, pl. xxxix, roll no. 607.

Size: 325 × 220 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 314 × 213 mm.

A few marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in three sixteenth-century humanist hands.

Provenance: Ben Jonson (1573?-1637); inscription and motto on A1v: ‘Sum Ben Jonsonii' and ‘Tanquam explorator'; not recorded in D. McPherson, ‘Ben Jonson's Library', Studies in Philology, 71/5 (1974), 1-106. Other inscriptions on A1v and A2r completely deleted in brown ink. Edward Bernard (1638-1697); Wanley's list, p. 3, no. 316. Among the books purchased in 1697 from Bernard's widow.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: S 3.3 Art; C 4.21 Art.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 2.14.

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