Valerius Flaccus, Gaius
Argonautica (ed. Petrus Nicolaus Castellanus).
Analysis of Content
A1r [Title-page.] ‘C. Valerii Flacci Argonautica diligenter accurateque emendata et suo nitori reddita'.
A1v Benedictus [Hectoris]: Epistola [addressed to] Antonius Galeacius Bentivolus. Incipit: ‘[C]ogito subinde ipse mecum idque maxima cum uoluptate . . .’ Hectoris is referred to as ‘bibliopola' in the heading.
A2r Valerius Flaccus Setinus Balbus, Gaius: Argonautica. Edited by Petrus Nicolaus Castellanus. V. Fl. See V‑003.
M6r Castellanus, Petrus Nicolaus; Faventinus: ‘In Valerii Flacci editionem Hypogramma' [addressed to] the reader. Incipit: ‘Quisquis Palladiae uis scire meacula nauis | Per freta quae ignotum prima cucurrit iter'; 4 elegiac distichs. Castellanus's reference to the edition as ‘meacula nauis' (l. 1), and the words ‘Correctum . . . opus' (l. 6) reveal him as editor.
Imprint: Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 12 Apr. 1498. Folio.
Hain: C 5926;
BMC: BMC VI 844;
Proctor: Pr 6637;
Others: BSB‑Ink V‑9; CIBN V‑12; Sheppard 5389.
Copy number: V-005(1)
Leaf A1r–v set up as BSB‑Ink, not as BMC.
Binding: Eighteenth-century blind-tooled calf; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Sprinkled red-edged leaves.
Size: 311 × 209 × 19 mm.
Size of leaf: 302 × 200 mm.
A few marginal notes in a fifteenth-century Italian hand, providing corrections to the text. A few notes in a slightly later hand, extracting key words. The pencilled number ‘244' on the front pastedown. The number ‘3' in black ink in the lower left-hand corner of the rear pastedown.
On A1v a three-line blue initial ‘C', with red pen-work decoration within its body and extending into the margin, is supplied from another work. On A2r a five-line red initial ‘P', with blue pen-work within and outside the body of the letter is also supplied from another work. Similar cut-out initials in blue or red are supplied at the beginning of each book of the poem. Text and headings are surrounded by ruling in red ink.
Provenance: Charles Yonge (1781-1830); book-plate (Howe, Book Plates, 32857). Purchased by Heber for £1. 6. 0, according to the price in red ink in Heber's sale catalogue. Richard Heber (1773-1833); see Catalogue, 6 (1835), lot 3925; purchased for £0. 10. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 28.
SHELFMARK: Auct. P 3.23.
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