17 April 2000
NONIUS MARCELLUS (fl. first half 4th century). De proprietate latini sermonis. Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1476.
Chancery 2o (288 x 194 mm.) Collation: a-b10 (a1 blank, a2r index); c10 d-y8 z12 (c1 blank, c2r text, z12r colophon, z12v blank). 192 leaves (of 194, lacking text leaf i2 and initial blank). 34 lines. Types: 1B:115(112)R (text), 5:93GA (signatures). 7- and 8-line spaces for initials, most with printed guide letters. Traces of early foliation (washed). (Lacking text leaf i2, supplied in manuscript facsimile, m6 torn and repaired affecting a few letters, last two leaves repaired with some text loss to final leaf, repaired marginal tear to a2, a few small wormholes at front and back, washed and pressed.) Modern half morocco.
Third edition of this literary dictionary, written for the author's son. A compilation from existing grammars and dictionaries and from commentaries on the authors quoted, the work surveys the language, grammar, and subject matter of the ancient Latin authors. It is the main source for some fragments of early writers, notably Varro and Lucilius. HC 11901; BMC V, 177 (IB. 19691); CIBN N-154; IGI 6929; Lowry 45; Pr 4098; Goff N-265.
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