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18 more. A full page contains 26 lines. After the Carmen Seculare, on the reverse of the 74th leaf, we have the following tetrastich (which the compilers of the Bibliotec. Portatil. v. ii. p. 94,) considered to be so much in the style of Mombrizio, the corrector of Lavagna's press, that they supposed it to have been executed by that printer in 1469; (in the copy inspected by Santander these verses were placed at the end of the volume ;)
Hoc quicunq; dedit Venusini carmen Horatii:
V iuat. & æterno sic nomine sæcula uincat
O mnia: ceu nunquam numeris abolebitur auctor.
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 parts commences with its own proper title, the parts are not always disposed in the order 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 Dr. Askew's library, 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 prodilibri 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.
143; Saxius, Hist. Lit. Typ. Mediol. p. DLIX; Orlandi, Orig. e Progress. della Stampa, ec. p. 101; De Bure, No. 2711; Ernesti, Fabr. B. Lat. v. i. p. 405; Harles, Brev. Not. Lit. Rom. p. 259, and Suppl. v. i. p. 406-7; Santander, Dict. t. iii. p. 33; Beloe's Anecdotes, v. iii. p. 334-5; Dibdin's Bibl. Spencer. v. ii. p. 62-6, and Introd. v. i. p. 398-99; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 134-5.
This edition is equally rare with the preceding, but still less known. De Bure saw a copy in the Duke de la Vallière's Collection, of which he has given an account in his Bibl. Instructive: Mr. Dibdin inspected one in the possession of Lord Spencer, and Brunet states that he has seen two. De Bure observes, that the characters of this edition bear a very close resemblance to those of the Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, and Statius, which was printed in 1472, by Jo. de Colonia; and the reason which this bibliographer adduces in support of this supposition is, that these four poets were bound up together with this edition of Horace in the original wood-binding; which circumstance seems to insinuate that this edition was intended to form part of a collection of these five poetical writers, by the same printer, and that it was printed a short time after. I shall endeavour to present my reader with as accurate an account of the contents, as from the few descriptions which have been given of this volume, I may be enabled to learn it commences on the recto of fol. 1. with the first Ode of the first Book, as follows;
Quinti Horatii Flacci Venusini Carminum Liber
Ecænas Atauis edite regibus:
O & præsidium & dulce decus meum:
E uitata rotis palmaq; nobilis
&c. &c. &c.
After the Odes, &c. the Art of Poetry commences, which occupies eight leaves; after which the Satires and Epistles succeed; but this arrangement is not alike in all copies; in that which De Bure inspected the following order was observed; the first part of the volume was occupied by the Odes, after which the Art of Poetry was arranged; which was followed by the Satires, with the following
Quinti Horatii Flacci sermonum liber primus ad
Mecænatem. Satyra prima.
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.
T empus abire tibi est: ne potum latius æquo
A page consists of 33 lines.
This volume com
prises 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 dicēde 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 regnate 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
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