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nem cum commentario, monet cl. Gemeiner in: Nachrich“ ten von den in der Regensburgisch. Bibliothek befindlichen “ Büchern. pag. 222.” Harles, Brev. Not. Lit. Rom. p. 260. pot. See Maittaire, v. j. p. 419. FLORENT. fol. 1482. Cum Comment. Christoph. Lan

dini. A very rare and beautiful edition, and the first which presents us with the commentaries of Landino. Gesner highly esteemed both the edition and commentaries. " Hanc inter principes recte ponit Gesnerus," observes Ernesti, Fabr. B. Lat. v. i. p. 407. In this edition is the celebrated Ode addressed to Horace by Politian, the beautiful language of which will be a sufficient excuse for extracting it, and affording my reader an opportunity of perusing so exquisite a piece of composition :


Vates threicio blandior orpheo :

Seu malis fidibus sistere lubicros
Amnis, seu tremulo ducere pollice

Ipsis cum latebris feras.
Vates folii pectinis arbiter:

Qui princeps latiam sollicitas chelyn
Nec segnis titulos addere noxiis,

Nigro carmine frontibus.
Quis te a barbarica compede uindicat?

Quis frontis nebulam dispulit: & situ
Deterso, leuibus restituit choris

Curata iuuenem cute ?
og nuper eras nubilus : & malo

Obductus senio: q nitidos ades,
Nunc uultus referens docta fragrantibus

Cinctus tempora floribus.
Talem purpureis reddere solibus

Lætum pube noua post gelidas niues
Serpentem positis exuuiis solet

Verni temperies poli.
Talem te choreis reddidit : & lyræ

Landinus ueterum laudibus emulus
Qualis tu solitus tibur ad uuidum

Blandam tendere barbiton.
Nunc te delitiis, nunc decet & leui

Lasciuire ioco, nunc puerilibus
Insertum thyasis, aut fide garrula
Inter ludere uirgines.

This volume is much sought after by the curious : on the recto of the 265th


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leaf we read as follows;

Christophori Landini florentini in Q. Hora

tii flacci opera omnia interpretatio

num finis diuino auxilio felix. Impressum per Antonium miscominum flo rentiae Anno salutis. M.CCCCLXXXII. Nonis augusti.

On the reverse of this and the recto of the following leaf is a list of errata, with which the work concludes. There is a copy in the Bodleian. At the Duke de la Vallière's sale a copy brought £2. 10s. See Audiffredi, Edit. Ital. p. 290 ; Maittaire, v. i. p. 433 ;. Panzer, v. i. p. 411, and the authorities referred to by him ; De Bure, No. 2717; Santander, t. iii. p. 39; Beloe's Anecdotes, v. iii. p. 331-3; Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p. 402-3, and Bibl. Spencer. v. ii. p. 82-5; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 136. I shall briefly mention a very rare and curious edition of Horace, printed by Reinhardus, alias Gürninger, at Strasburgh, in 1498, in folio; Cum Annotatt. Jacobi Locheri. It is adorned with a considerable number of wood-cuts, some of which are well executed. In the Harleian Catalogue it is esteemed one of the greatest curiosities in that collection; which copy is now in the possession of Lord Spencer. Horatius per Jacobum Locherum “ Poëtam laureatum et Professorem in Gymnasio Friburgensi, “ Bentleius Locherum dicere solet, cum argumentis, scholiis,

glossa interlineari et iconibus ligno mira simplicitate incisis, “ prodiit apud Joannem Reinhardum, cognomento Gürninger, opus

dicatum Carolo Marchioni Badensi, cuius textum valde “ laudat Rich. Bentleius ut e MS. libro eoque bono ductum,

cum Italicae editiones fere altera alteram expresserit, ut ea

quoque editio inter principes et ad crisin utiles numeranda "sit : eius exemplum nos quoque habemus.” Ernesti, Fabr. B. Lat. v. i. p. 407.–At the end we find the following colophon; • Elaboratum impressumque est hoc elegans, ornatum, splendidum comptumque Horatii Flacci Venusini, lyrici Poete,

opus cum utilissimis argumentis ac imaginibus pulcherrimis, in • celebri, libera imperialique urbe Argentina, opera & impensis, • sedulis quoque laboribus providi viri Johannis Reinhardi,

cognomento Gürninger civis ejusdem urbis Argentinensis,
• quarto idus Marcii, absolutum vero Anno Dom. M.CCCC.
• XCVIII.' See Schoepflin, Vind. Typogr. p. 105-6. Mr.
Dibdin, in his Bibl. Spencer. v. ii. p. 88-94, has inserted se-
veral fac-similes of the wood-cuts in this interesting volume.
See also Bibl. Dict. v. iii. p. 133.
Lips. fol. 1498. (Epistolarum Liber Primus et Secundus.)

Per Mart. Herbipol. Impress.
way of apology for the publication of these Epistles, the



editor (Joh. Honorius Crispus,) in a prefatory address to Matthew Lupinus, observes; “Superioribus diebus a quibusdam “ adolescentibus studiosis rogatus, ut Epistolas Horatii lectione “ quotidiana interpretarer ; ne desiderium eorum frustrarer, “ promisi me facturum, quod vellent.” This edition is by no means of common occurrence. VENET. 8vo. 1501. Apud Aldum.

This edition is exceedingly rare and valuable, and is the first of this poet which issued from the Aldine press; it is printed in a neat Italic character, and forms a beautiful companion to the Juvenal and Virgil of the same date. On the 143rd leaf is the following singular extract from the privilege granted to this printer ; “ Jussu, mandatoue Ill. P.S. Q. V. Nobilis. “ Literator. Plebeie. Impressor. Mercator. Mercenarie quis

quis es, Id genus characteres Decennium ne attingito. Libros “ huiuscemodi literulis excusos neu impressito neue uendito. “ Si quis huiusce iussionis ergo aduersus ierit, feceritue, pænas “ statutas pendito, eæq; Magistratus. Orphanotrophii. Dela“ toris sunto. ALDVS. M. R.” In the Bibl. Parisina, (No. 207,) we find an edition of the works of this poet, which is stated to have been printed by Aldus in 1503 ; it is there said to be so exceedingly rare as to have hitherto eluded the researches of bibliographers; respecting which, Renouard observes, that Mr. Edwards added to the Catalogue of M. Paris a great number of works which he had purchased in Italy and elsewhere, on the assertions of Italian booksellers, who informed him of this edition, and many other Aldine publications, which are all equally extraordinary. It would appear that this insertion in the sale catalogue of an important collection of books, ought to confirm the reality of its existence, because it is supposed that he who made the catalogue has inspected all those books which are inserted in it; but at the sale neither this edition, nor several others, some of which are alluded to by Renouard, whose existence are equally imaginary, made their appearance. See his Annales, t. i. p. 72. In 1509, Aldus reprinted that of 1501, with the addition of a metrorum generibus, and some short notes : it is nearly as rare as the original edition, but it is more correct; yet not so much so as Aldus would have it appear to be, for in his prefatory address to · Tafredo Carolo;' he assures him that great pains have been taken with it, and that it is infinitely superior to that edition. In 1519, Aldus published a third edition, which is formed on the basis, or is rather a reimpression of that of 1501: it is the most correct of all; it was followed by a fourth, in 1527. There are copies on vellum of all these editions. Consult De Bure, No. 2718; Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p.

nesti says,

403-4; Brunet, t. ii. p. 136-7; Mitscherlich, p. xliy-lxxxviii; and Renouard, Annales, t. i. p. 91-2, 149-50, and p. 184. PARIS. 4to. 1503. Apud Petit.

This is the first edition which contains the Commentaries of Mancinellus and Ascensius. This work was originally published for the use of schools; it is now become extremely rare. See Maittaire, v. ii. p. 164, and v. iv. p. 504, as referred to by Panzer; Harles, Introd. Lit. Rom. v. ii. p. 376; and Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p. 405. FLORENT. 8vo. 1503, 1514, et 1519. Apud Juntam.

These editions are áll rare, but the first is the most so: they are very favourably mentioned by Harles and Mitscherlich. Consult Mitscherlich's Preface, p. xliv ; Harles, Brev. Not. Litt. Rom. p. 261; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 137.

8vo. 1511. Absque loci et typogr. ind. Bibliographers are divided in their opinions respecting this edition ; Mr. Dibdin calls it an “excellent and very scarce" one; Brunet styles it “ très-incorrecte.” Mitscherlich observes, that it was edited by a man of superior abilities. Er

5. Habemus etiam (hanc) editionem, quam non vi“ dimus ab aliis memoratam, sine loci nota, literis currentibus. “ Literæ sunt similes Lugdunensibus in ed. Plauti Carpenteri“ ani et Quintiliani Lugduni factis, itemque habet idem insigne “ in capite.

Præfixa est præfatio Aldi ex ed. Aldina. In ea “ editione Carm. 1, 25, extr. editum est dedicet Euro : quod omnes latuit : unde raritas hujus editionis apparet.'

Fabr. B. Lat. v. i. p. 408. “ Cette édition, donnée par Simon Charpentier, est une copie fort inexacte de l'Aldine de 1509. Elle “ en reproduit le titre entier, la préface d'Alde, avec la même “ date de 1509; et elle a juste le même nombre de pages, chif“ frées de même. Sur le titre est la fleur de lis rouge qui dé“ signe les éditions Lyonnoises imprimées de 1510 à 1515. “ Mitscherlich fait mal à propos à cette édition les honneurs “ d'une leçon qui, si elle n'est pas la véritable est au moins fort “ ingénieuse : Dedicet Euro, pour Hebro, Od. 25, 1. 1. Cette “ leçon, qui a beaucoup occupé les commentateurs, dont plu“ sieurs l'ont mise en avant comme leur propre conjecture, “ parut pour la première fois dans l'Aldine de 1509, au moins “ ne l'ai-je pu trouver dans aucune autre édition antérieure; et “ les Alde ne l'ont probablement point jugée bonne, car on ne “ la revoit dans aucune de leurs éditions subsequentes. M. “ Vandenbourg, à qui je dois l'indication de cette petite parti“ cularité littéraire, et qui va publier une traduction en vers “ des Odes d'Horace, accompagnée d'un texte revu sur toutes “ les meilleurs éditions, et sur une quantité considérable de “ manuscrits, nous dira sans doute si cette rare édition contient “ quelques autres leçons qui lui appartiennent, et fassent excu“ ser les fautes typographiques dont elle est remplie.” Renouard, Annales, t. iii. p. 87-8. It was reprinted at Lyons, in 1518, with some additions from the Florence edition of 1514. LIPs. 4to. 1512. (Epistolae.) Lotteri. Leichius takes occasion to observe respecting this edition ;

-Pulcherrimarum editionum, quas aemula aetatis nostrae “ industria ad magnam perfectionem produxit. (Mich. Lotterus, "editor et typographus) primitiae fuerunt.' » Orig. et Inc“ ,. ”. rem. Typogr. Lips. p. 28. Paris. fol. 1519. Apud Ascensium.

This edition, which Freytag calls “ Omnium optima inter Ascensianas,” is a very excellent and valuable one; besides the Commentary of Ascensius, it contains those of Acro, Porphyrio, Mancinellus, Bonfinis, and the Scholia of Manutius. See Adpar. Litt. v. ii. p. 1353; and Dibdin's Introd. v. i.

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p. 406.

Paris. 8vo. 1528, 31, 33, 43, et 1549. Apud Colinæum.

The text of these editions is taken from that of Aldus : they are printed in the italic letter : the first of these impressions, which Harwood calls“ very correct,” is supposed by Maittaire to have been the first work in which this printer made use of this type. See Maittaire's Vit. Typogr. Parisiens. p. 5; Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p. 406; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 137. Basil. fol. 1545, 55, 70, et 1580. Fabricii. 2 vols. £2. 2s.

to £2. 10s. The first and second editions are rare, but inferior in value to the two latter ones, both as far as regards the accuracy of the text, and the quantity of the notes ; the second, as Mitscherlich observes, “ inter præstantissimas, sed et rarissimas “ numeranda est." These are the words of Harles; “ Præ“ clara et fere princeps est editio, præcipue si veteres spectes “ scholiastas : Hor. Opp. grammaticorum antiquissimorum, “ Helenii Acronis et Porphyrionis, commentariis illustrata.-“ edita auctius et emendatius, quam unquam antea per Geor. “ Fabricium. ii tom. 1555. fol. Alteri tomo insunt multi com“mentatores recentiores-rec. 1570, 1580. apud Henricum “Petrum: sunt autem Commentarii XL. grammaticorum.” Brev. Not. Lit. Rom. p. 262. “ This is the greatest treasure of learn“ ing bestowed on Horace; my learned and worthy friend, “ Dr. Parr, one of the best classical scholars in this kingdom,

many years ago informed me of the distinguished merit of “ this edition. It contains the observations and remarks on


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