Priscianus. Opera (ed. Benedictus Brognolus).

Venice, Georgius Arrivabenus., December 1488.

Folio (312 x 214 mm). Types 11:110R (text), 12:79R (commentary), 80 Greek. 43 lines (60 lines commentary). Initial spaces with printed guide letters. Collation: a–c8; d– u8 x6 y z & © ® aa–ee8 6; A–K8; L8 M6: 346 leaves, the first blank. Unrubricated. Contemporary Italian (Padua) blind-stamped sheep over beech boards, brass corner- and centerpieces, remains of 4 pairs of clasps with catches on lower cover, title label on upper cover, no pastedowns, spine lining of a vellum manuscript with musical notation, edges plain; binding rubbed (light skilful repairs at bottom of covers, spine worn). Red cloth slipcase with chemise, a hole for the hasp of the chain is below the bottom catcher of the lower cover. A very fresh, clean copy in the original binding. Provenance: this volume was purchased by Johannes Protzer in 1490 (and possibly bound in Padua for him too), shortly after it had been published. An inscription by his own hand in the inner side of upper cover reads “Johannes Protzer I(uris) V(triusque) lic(entiatus) M cccc Xc Comparauit In Italia 1 g(u)ld(en) reinisch, 1 lib.” First edition with the commentary or gloss to the Institutiones grammaticae, dating to the late 11th century. The colophon attributes the gloss to “Johannes de Aingre”, whose name does not appear in any of the manuscripts of the text. Margaret Gibson suggests that this could be a corruption of “Dei Gratia”, and hence a reference to Johannes Gratiadei, who flourished around 1080.

Goff P-968, Hain 13661; BMC V 383 (IB.22509); BSB-Ink P-765; Bod-inc. P-457. See Margaret Gibson, “ The Collected Works of Prisician,” Studi medievali 3rd. ser. 18 (1977) at pp. 252-3.

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