20 November 2002
MATARATIUS, Franciscus. De componendis versibus hexametro et pentametro. - Nicolas PEROTTUS. De generibus metrorum -De Horatii Flacci ac Seuerini Boetii metris. - Omnibonus VINCENTINUS. De arte metrica libellus. - Honoratus SERVIUS MAURUS. Centimetrum. Venice: Damianus de Mediolano, 22 August 1493.
Chancery 4° (213 x 155mm). Collation: a-e4 A-F4 (a1r title, a1v Maturantius, A1r Perottus, D3v Vincentinus, F1v Servius Maurus, F4v colophon). 44 leaves. 38 lines. Type: 5:77R and commentary Gk. 3- to 7-line initial spaces, some with guide-letters. (Light spotting and marginal staining, paper-repair to lower corner of a1.)
SULPITIUS VERULANUS, Johannes. De versuum scansione. - De syllabarum quantitate - De heroici carminis decoro et uitiis. - De pedibus et diuersis generibus carminum praecepta. [Venice: Philippus Pincius?, c. 1495.]
Chancery 4° (213 x 155mm). Collation: A-D8 (A1r blank, A1v verse epistle to the reader, A2r text, D8r register, D8v title 'Scansione Sulpitii'). 32 leaves. 41 lines. Type: 8:81R. 2- to 5-line initial spaces, small woodcut initials. (Light spotting, B5r slightly stained.) 18th- or 19th-century Italian vellum-backed boards (light spotting and discolouring).
A collection of grammatical tracts, chiefly concerned with Latin verse composition. A note at the end of the second work states that these tracts contain everything that a young man needs to compose elegant poetry without the disgrace of false quantities or faulty pronunciation. Mataratius: H *10893; BMC V, 544 (IA. 24290); IGI 6272; Goff M-350. Sulpitius: IGI V, p.124 (dated after 1500); Goff S-858.
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