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Bibliographical Index of several thousand Editions which have appeared either here or
HENRY G. BOHN, 4, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
AETOR, LENCX AND
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 signatures. 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, Oplandi, Saxius, De Bure, Ernesti, Harles, Beloej. Dibdin, and 'Brunet. 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 ingotuil edițioris, “ 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 Seculare, on the reverse of the 74th leaf, we have the following tetrastich (which the compilers of the Bibliotec. Portatil. v. ij. 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 ;)
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 parts comwences with its:own proper title, the parts are not alWays disposed the oder above-mentioned, and it is equally probable, (if not more so, that the Art of Poetry was originally placed the Jest :ir order, and not the Satires. At the sale of De Askew's:Gbrary, a copy was sold for £17. 6s. 6d. which Waš prirchased 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,
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.