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Quinti Horatii Flacci sermonum liber primus ad
The Satires are subjoined, and last of all we have the Epistles: at the end of this copy, as well as of the one before described, are the following verses;
Natales grate numeras. ignoscis amicis.
Quid te exempta uiuat spinis de pluribus una.
A page consists of 33 lines. This volume comprises 123 leaves; it is printed in a round Roman character, and has neither paging-figures, catch-words, nor signatures. Brunet informs us that F. Didot's copy sold for £31. 11s. 10d. See Maittaire, v. i. p. 766; De Bure, No. 2711; Santander, t. iii. p. 34-5; Brunet, t. ii. p. 135; and Dibdin's Bibl. Spencer. v. ii. p. 66-9. Santander describes an ancient edition, Absque ulla nota, which he assigns to the press of Jo. Phil. de Lignamine. See his Dict. Choisi, t. iii. p. 33-4.
MEDIOL. 4to. 1474. Apud Zarotum.
The first edition with a date; it is extremely rare and valuable: the text appears to have been either taken from the same MS. as the Ed. Pr. or from the Editio Princeps itself, for in those few passages where I have compared them, I have found exactly the same readings; but it is not free from typographical errors. It is briefly called "perrara" in the Cat. Bibl. Pinell. v. ii. p. 325. The following arrangement is observed in the disposition of the contents of this volume: 1st. we have the Odes, Epodes, and Secular Poem, which are immediately followed by the Art of Poetry, and the Satires; with the Epistles the volume concludes; which consists of 123 leaves, on the reverse of the last of which, after the colophon, is the following line;
Quisquis hæc coemerit: nunq pœnitebit." This printer published, for the first time, in this year, the Commentaries of Acro and Porphyrio, which are considered by Mr. Dibdin as a part of this volume; but they were, in my opinion, printed separately; though, perhaps, intended by Zarotus as a supplement to the volume now under description; for an account of which,
refer to it under the head of Commentaries, &c. A copy of this edition was sold at Dr. Askew's sale for £9. 19s. 6d. ; at Laire's for £36. 7s. 6d. There is a copy in the Bodleian. Consult Maittaire, v. i. p. 336; Panzer, v. ii. p. 15; De Bure, No. 2712; Saxii Hist. Lit. Typogr. Mediol. p. 561; Laire, ` Ind. v. i. p. 340-1; Gaignat, t. i. p. 461; Santander, t. iii. p. 35; Bibl. Dict. v. iii. p. 132; Beloe's Anecdotes, v. iii. p. 327-8; Dibdin's Bibl. Spencer. (where the reader will find a copious and accurate description,) v. ii. p. 71-5, and Introd. v. i. p. 399-400; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 135. This edition is supposed to have been preceded by one containing the Odes and Art of Poetry only, illustrated with the Commentaries of Acro and Porphyrio; it is absque ulla nota, and is supposed to have been executed by Guldinbeck, at Rome; which supposition is strengthened by the similarity of the characters of this edition to those used by that printer in printing his Summa S. Thomæ de Articulis Fidei.' See Maittaire, v. i. p. 766; Audiffredi, Edit. Rom. p. 413-14; Santander, t. iii. p. 38, (who assigns the date of 1475 to it); Dibdin's Bibl. Spencer. v. ii. p. 69-71; Beloe's Anecdotes, v. iii. p. 335-6; and Brunet, t. i. p. 136.
FERRAR. 4to. 1474. (Epistolæ et Odæ.) Apud Aug. Carnerium.
"Few books," says Mr. Beloe, 66 are so scarce as the "above; besides Lord Spencer's copy, two more only are "known, namely, one at Wilton, and one in Count Delci's "collectionMaittaire, Panzer, Ernesti, and Santander, erroneously call this edition an 8vo. which error Mr. Dibdin has copied into his Introduction, but corrected in his Bibl. Spenceriana. It has neither paging-figures, catch-words, nor signatures; a full page contains 26 lines. On the recto of fol. 1. it commences with the following title;
QVINTI ORATII FLACCI EPI
R ima dicte mihi suma dicede camœna
The poet is some
times called Oratius, and sometimes Oracius. This edition is not free from typographical errors: it concludes with the following tetrastich:
Ferrarie impressit regnāte sub hercule diuo
See Maittaire, Ed. 1ma
t. i. p. 108, (where this bibliographer observes; “in exemplari quod vidi, deerant Sermones et de Arte Poet.") ed. 2nda t. i. p. 336; Panzer, (where it is cited under the head of ‹ Opera,') t. i. p. 394; Ernesti, Fabr. B. Lat. t. i. p. 405-6; Santander, t. iii. p. 36; Beloe's Anecdotes, v. iii. p. 326-7; Dibdin's Bibl. Spencer. v. ii. p. 75-7, and Introd. v. i. p. 400; and Brunet, t. i. p. 135.
NEAP. 4to. 1474. Per Arnaldum de Bruxella.
Of this edition very little is known; Panzer describes it as being extremely rare, and as having been seen by no one except Morell. Rarissimis edd. adnumeranda est--" is the observation of Harles respecting it, in his Suppl. ad Brevior. Not. Lit. Rom. v. i. p. 407. Mr. Beloe describes it as being "one of the scarcest books in the world, and which has eluded "all our collectors' anxious wishes to procure." It does not appear to have been known to any of the bibliographers. A minute description of it may, however, be found in Giustiniani, Saggio istorico-critico sulla tipografia di Napoli, p. 46, (1793). Anecdotes, v. iii. p. 329. See Panzer, t. ii. p. 155; Santander, t. iii. p. 36; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 135.
MEDIOL. fol. 1476. Apud Phil. de Lavagnia. £8.8s.
This edition is both rare and valuable, and is sought after by amateurs; the execution is very beautiful; it is supposed by Mitscherlich to have been printed from that of Zarotus, published in 1474. It commences, in large capitals, thus:
QVINTI HORATII FLACCI
Ecænas Atauis edite regibus:
O & præsidium & dulce decus meum
free from typographical or editorial errors. the last leaf is the following colophon :
The text is not On the recto of
Hoc opus Horatii emendatissimum impressum est
This volume has
signatures, which are placed in the corner of the right margin, near the bottom of the page; but neither catch-words nor paging-figures. A copy of this edition, at Gaignat's sale, brought £5. 5s. This same printer published another edition
in 1477, of which, Mr. Beloe observes, "critics speak less favourably." It abounds with typographical errors, and sometimes whole verses are omitted. See Maittaire, v. i. p. 366; Saxius, p. 565; Panzer, v. ii. p. 22 and 27; De Bure, No. 2713; Santander, t. iii. p. 36; Beloe's Anecdotes, v. iii. p. 323; Dibdin's Bibl. Spencer. v. ii. p. 78-9, and Introd. v. i. p. 400-1; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 135-6.
VENET. fol. 1478. Apud Phil. Cond. Petrum.
There is a previous edition, said by Maittaire to have been executed by this same printer (in 1477,) the existence of which is extremely doubtful; Una eademque videtur esse quæ p. "127 et 133. a Maittario memoratur Horatii editio Veneta a. "1477. et 1478. utraque apud Philippum Condam Petri, utra66 que die XV. Septembris finita. Nec fortasse diversa quam "6 p. 137. refert Venetam ex eiusdem Philippi officina a. 1479. "finitam tamen die XVIII. Sept. Notus est typographorum "dolus, qui eorundem librorum, ut recentés appareant, exemplis quibusdam licet ante excusorum numeros aliis proximi, "aliis secundi, aut tertii post anni inscribunt." Ernesti, Fabr. B. Lat. v. i. p. 496, note R.) The first, then, that I shall describe, will be that of 1478. This edition, which was the most ancient one with which Bentley was acquainted, and which he thought was really the first, is highly spoken of by him; but modern critics do not think so favourably of its merits it is elegantly printed. In the following year, 1479, this printer published a reimpression of this edition, which, Mitscherlich says, is even more incorrect than the preceding; in refutation of the suppositions of some bibliographers, who have supposed this to be the same edition with that of 1478, he states, that though the pages of these two editions exactly correspond, there is a material difference in the characters of both, which in this (1479) edition are not so fine as those of the preceding. A copy of the former edition, at the Duke de la Vallière's sale, brought £5. Consult Maittaire, v. i. p. 376, 387, and 398; Panzer, v. iii. p. 141 and 147; De Bure, No. 2714 and 2715; Santander, Dict. t. iii. p. 37; Beloe's Anecdotes, v. iii. p. 330-1; Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p. 401-2, and Bibl. Spencer. v. ii. p. 79-81; Mitscherlich's Preface; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 136. Absque Anni Nota, sed 1481.
"Cum Commentariis Helenii Acronis et Pomponii Porphy"rionis ex emendatione Raphaëlis Regii sine loci nota lucem "vidit." Ernesti, Fabr. B. Lat. v. i. p. 397-8. "Classicis "adnumeratur edit. Hor.-ex emendatione Raphael. Regii "Patauii a. 1481. scripta est epistola Regii; at Venetiis "librum praelo exiisse sine anni nota, et primam esse editio
"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. not. See Maittaire, v. i. p. 419.
FLORENT. fol. 1482. Cum Comment. Christoph. Lan
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:
AD HORATIVM FLACCVM ODE
Vates threicio blandior orpheo:
Seu malis fidibus sistere lubicros
Amnis, seu tremulo ducere pollice
Vates Æolii pectinis arbiter:
Qui princeps latiam sollicitas chelyn
Quis te a barbarica compede uindicat?
Curata iuuenem cute?
Oq 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
Verni temperies poli.
Talem te choreis reddidit: & lyræ
Landinus ueterum laudibus emulus
Nunc te delitiis, nunc decet & leui
This volume is
much sought after by the curious: on the recto of the 265th