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Bod-Inc: U-011

Urbanus Bolzanius

Institutiones Graecae grammaticae.


Analysis of Content

Subject: grammar

a1r [Title-page]. ‘Institutiones Graecae grammatices.’

a2r Manutius Romanus, Aldus Pius: [Letter addressed to] Johannes Franciscus Picus de Mirandula. ‘Aldus Manutius Romanus Ioanni Francisco Pico Mirandulae S. D.’ Incipit: ‘Cogitanti mihi iamdiu Ioannes Francisce Pice, aliquem ex libris nostra cura impressis ...’ Explicit: ‘... non quod te dignum sit, sed quia tu humanissimum. Vale.’ Botfield, 210-11; Aldo Manuzio editore, 21-2 no. XII; P. Scapecchi, ‘Vecchi e nuovi appunti su frate Urbano', in Umanisti bellunesi fra quattro e cinquecento: Atti del convegno di Belluno 5 novembre 1999, ed. P. Pellegrini, Biblioteca dell'"Archivum Romanicum”, Serie I: Storia, Letteratura, Paleografia, 299 (Florence, 2001), 107-118, at 113 n. 18.

a2v ‘Literae maiusculae'.’

a2v ‘Diphthongi propriae'.’

a2v ‘Pater noster' [Greek].’

a2v ‘Aue Maria' [Greek].’

a3r Bolzanius, Urbanus: Institutiones Graecae grammaticae. ‘Fratris Urbani Bellunensis Ordinis Minorum Institutiones grammaticae.’ Incipit: ‘[Γ]ράμματα quae Latine literae dicuntur sunt quatuor et viginti: α, β, γ, δ, ε, ...’ B9r Explicit: ‘... ὅτε σημαίνει τὸ ὠτίον.’ See A. Rollo, ‘La grammatica greca di Urbano Bolzanio', in Umanisti bellunesi, 177-209. Rollo and CIBN suggest that this edition was also edited by Aldus.

B10r Colophon: ‘Venetiis in aedibus Aldi Manutii Romani, M.IIID. mense Ianuario. Impetravit ab ill. S.V. et in hoc quod in caeteris suis.’

[*1r] ‘Castigationes errorum qui incuria contigerunt'.’ Incipit: ‘Tu vero lector scito accipisse hic nos chartam ...’ [*2v] Explicit: ‘... et versu xiii. dele totum graecum usque ad ὡς τὸ εὐθέως.’

a1r ‘Castigationes errorum qui incuria contigerunt'.’ Incipit: ‘Tu vero lector scito accipisse hic nos chartam ...’ a2v Explicit: ‘... et 14. dele totum graecum usque ad ὡς τὸ εὐθέως, et 27 scr. ὡς αἴει.’ [Greek farewell].


Imprint: Venice Aldus Manutius Jan. 1497/8. 4°


Collation: a10 b–z & A8 B10 [*2]. Venezia N: one more final quire a2.

Illustrations: Woodcut initials; diagram on a4v.


ISTC: iu00066000

Hain: HC *16098 = *2763;

Goff: Goff U‑66;

BMC: BMC V 558;

Proctor: Pr 5554;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑8; CIBN U‑27; Oates 2171; Rhodes 1781; Sack, Freiburg, 3604; Sander 7436; Scapecchi, ‘Annali' 21; Sheppard 4645-6.

LCN: 13960952


Copy number: U-011(1)

Leaf [*1r]: ‘¶ Caſtigationes errorum . . .', as BMC.

Binding: Gold-tooled blue morocco, with pink satin doublures, by Bozérian the younger (fl. 1805-1818). Gilt-edged leaves and pink silk bookmark.

Size: 219 × 158 × 31 mm.

Size of leaf: 209 × 142 mm.

Occasional marginal notes, extracting key words, in an early hand in brown ink.

Provenance: Purchased for £10. 10. 0; see Books Purchased (1815), 6.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1R 4.16.

Copy number: U-011(2)

Leaf [*1r]: ‘¶ Caſtigationes errorum . . .', as BMC.

Binding: An Italian (Venetian?) binding of the late fifteenth/early sixteenth century. Brown goatskin over wooden boards bevelled inwards. Two clasps (lacking) hinged on the upper cover. Catches lacking. Blind-tooled with three concentric frames, the outermost of five lines, the others of four. Outer corners mitred. A cherub's head on each side of the outer border. The inner border filled with a lacework tool. An interlaced tool massed in a cruciform pattern in the centre, also decorated with a leaf tool and an arc. Gilt-edged and gauffered leaves, done in the eighteenth or nineteenth century. Edges of the boards decorated with five lines on the bevel. Double green and pink headbands. Sewn on three split thongs. Bands separated by a single thick line. Compartments decorated with a single-line diaper inside a four-line frame. Parchment pastedown and conjoint free endleaf at each end, probably not original. See De Marinis, Legatura, II, no. 1727 ter, tab. C 36 (as Venetian).

Size: 223 × 151 × 37 mm.

Size of leaf: 210 × 151 mm.

Heavily erased inscriptions in light brown ink on a2r and a3r. ‘N. 526' in light brown ink on the title-page, washed. A few marginal notes, mainly extracting key words in Latin and in Greek, and ‘nota' marks and pointing hands, in a contemporary humanist hand in brown ink.

Provenance: Giovanni Baptista Pinelli, name stamped in italic capitals on the title-page. William Dunn-Gardner (1816-1880); armorial bookplate. Cyril Dunn-Gardner (1874-1911); sale, lot 271. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); Elenchus, no. 3440. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. T 8.19.

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