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Lot 28: Incunabula.- Diomedes. De arte grammatica, Venice, Venice, c.1476-80.
15 November 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Diomedes Grammaticus. Ars grammatica [and others grammatical treatises], collation: a10, b-m8, n6, o-t8, u10, x8, 170ff., text in single column, 35 lines, type: 1B:115 (112)R, 115Gk, 5:93GA (the Greek type used only for the signature marks of quires k, n, u, and x), blank spaces for capitals with printed guide letters, fol. a2r with illuminated border of classical motifs, originally painted in red, now oxidised, generally in good conditions, fols. b6 and b7 mounted on a paper strip (possibly supplied from another copy), slight staining and foxing to first and last few leaves, some small repaired wormholes, occasional marginal damp-staining, offprint of British Museum's stamp to lower panel of the opening painted border, early inked foliation, occasional contemporary marginalia, early English 19th-century green morocco, probably by the German binders L. Staggemeier and S. Welcher (active in London from the end of the 18th century), covers blind-tooled with narrow rolls enclosing a wide drawer-handle roll border framing a scrolling palmette roll, 8-pointed star tool in each corner, spine divided into six compartments by false double raised bands and decorated with small floral tools, title lettered in gilt on black morocco label, marbled pastedowns and flyleaves, inner gilt dentelles, gilt edges, folio, 286 x 194mm.,[Venice], Nicolas Jenson, [c.1476-80]. ⁂ First edition of this collection of grammatical and rhetorical writings assembled by Diomedes Grammaticus (half of fourth century) and containing his De arte grammatica, the only Latin grammar of the period to survive complete. With the exception of Donatus all the texts included are printed here for the first time, including: the Institutio de nomine, pronomine et verbo by Priscianus, the De nomine et verbo by Phocas, the Commentarius in artem Donati by Maurus Servius Honoratus, which also includes a portion of Donatus' lost commentary to Virgil. Provenance: British Museum cancelled ink stamp on verso of first and last leaves (sold March 1932); Bernard Quaritch, London; anonymous owner, sale Sotheby's, London, 4 December 1978, lot 60; Ned J. Nackles (1931-1999; sale Christie's New York 17th April 2000, lot 99). Literature: HC 6214; GW 8399; BMC V, 182 (this copy); IGI 3471; Goff D 234; Flodr, Diomedes 1.
Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History