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London: G. NORMAN, Printer, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden.
HORATII (OPERA.) A.C. 10. 4to.
Absque Ulla Nota. EDITIO PRINCEPS. This edition is excessively rare and valuable; it has neither paging-figures, catch-words, nor sig. natures. Maittaire, who first gave a description of this volume, supposes it to have been printed by Zarotus, at Milan, about 1470, and took no inconsiderable pains to prove that it was really printed by the above-mentioned printer; and subsequent bibliographers have coincided with him in this supposition, among: which number may be ranked the following: Panzer, Orlandi, Saxius, De Bure, Ernesti, Harles, Beloej. Dibdin, and Brünet. Gesner found the text of this edition so accurate and pure, that he esteemed it of manuscript authority: his words are; “ Possideo exemplum primae quae adhuc ingotuit editionis, “ cuivis libro manuscripto facile comparandum, quae editio “cum nullam editoris, loci, temporis, expressam mentionem “ habeat, ne titulum quidem s. indicem, conjectura nescio quam “probabili Antonio Zaroto Parmensi, et Mediolano, et anno « circiter 1470, a Maittairio adsignatur. Literae sunt ejus “ formae, quam Jensonius adhibuit, sed paulo minus cultae et “ incompositae.” On the recto of fol. 1. without any prefix, we read the following titular head-line, which is immediately succeeded by the first ode of book i. thus;
QVINTI ORATII FLACCI CAR
MINVM LIBER PRIMVS.
Beneath these verses are VOL. II.
18 more. A full page contains 26 lines. After the Carmen
H oc quicunq; dedit Venusini carmen Horatii:
On the recto of the ensuing leaf the Epistles commence in a manner similar to the Odes, in large capitals; the Art of Poetry and Satires also commence with large capitals ; at the end of the Satires the volume ends thus ;
Vt nihil omnino gustaremus, uelut illis
As each of these paits commences with its own proper title, the parts are not always disposed in the vider above-mentioned, and it is equally probable, (if not more so,) that the Art of Poetry was originally placed the last in order, and not the Satires. At the sale of De Askew's Gbrary, a copy was sold for £17. 6s. 6d. which was purchased for his late Majesty. For the satisfaction of my reader, I shall: extract Morell's account of this book, as given by him in his Catalogue of the Pinelli Library, (v. ii. p. 324-5); “ Exemplar est ex ea editione, quam ceu omnium pri“mam viri rei bibliographicæ periti suspiciunt; Maittairius “ autem, Saxius, Burius (Bibliograph. n. 2711) aliique anno “ circiter 1470, Mediolani ab Antonio Zaroto factam existi
mant. Hoc equidem ægre atque difficulter ego concesserim,
quod a Zaroti typis, cum quoad characterem, tum quoad “ chartæ genus, liber haud leviter dissidere mihi videatur. “ Bene vero character idem est, quo Plutarchi Apophtheg“ mata a Philelpho Latine reddita, Florus, & Lucanus prodi
ere; libri tres absque ulla nota impressi, & inter hosce Pi“ nellianos, num. 1347, 2746, & 4676, relati.-Ne quid atta“ men dissimulem, exemplar hoc, ceteroquin nitidissimum, & “ litteris depictis exornatum, ad calcem paginam unam habet, “ manu ad impressionis normam eleganter exaratam.” Consult Maittaire, v. i. p. 292; Panzer, v. ii. p. 12, and v. iv. p.