NONIUS, Marcellus (early 4th century). De proprietate latini sermonis. Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1476.
Chancery 2° (276 x 193mm). Collation: a-c10 d-y8 z12 (a1 blank, a2 table, c1 blank, c2 text, z12r colophon, z12v blank). 193 (of 194, without first blank) leaves. 34 lines. Type: 1:115R, 115:Greek, 5:93Ga (signatures). 7-8 line initial spaces, some with printed guide-letter, first leaf rubricated, early foliation in upper corner. (Fore-margin of first 3 leaves renewed, first leaf soiled, small marginal wormhole in quire c, light marginal dampstain.) Early 20th-century russet morocco, sides panelled in gilt with corner fleurons, spine lettered in gilt, sprinkled edges, by Wood of London. Provenance: one early marginal annotation; ?Duke of Sussex (armorial bookplate [described as 'inserted' in 1946 Sotheby's catalogue], not in his sales 1844-45); [Richard G.S. King, the Very Rev. The Dean of Derry, sale Sotheby's, 16 December 1946, lot 80, £42 to Commin].
Third edition. Nonius' dictionary of early Latin usage is of particular importance as being the sole witness to some works of the Republic. It is the only source of fragments of lost works such as Varro's Menippean Satires and Ennius' Tragedies, among others. HC 11901; BMC V, 177 (IB. 19691); CIBN N-154; IGI 6929; Goff N-265.