Leonicenus, Omnibonus: Commentum in Ciceronis De oratore.  

Preceded by De laudibus eloquentiae.


Vicenza:  [Johannes de Reno?], 22 Dec. 1476.
Fol.   a6 b-c10 d-e8 f6 g10 h-i8 k6 l8 m6 n-q8 r6 ſ6 ſſ6 s6 2s8 t8 u10.   [176] leaves.
ISTC il00171000;  Goff L171;  BMC VII 1041;  Bod-inc L-089.

Assigned to Leonardus Achates de Basilea by Hain.

Title taken from BSB-Ink O-48 (ISTC, GW and other authorities have 'Commentum in Ciceronis Oratorem', following Leoniceno’s mistaken belief that the work he was commentating on was Cicero’s 'Orator' rather than his 'De oratore').

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunter Bg.3.10 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Provenance: Donà dalle Trezze family, Venice: painted coat of arms in lower margin of b1r: troncato al primo d’argento, al secondo fasciato d’azzurro e d’oro di quattro pezzi, the shield supported by two dolphins each speared with a crowned lance; the arms are repeated in the lower margin of a2r but without the dolphins.
Fini Pola, House of (16th/17th-century), Italy:  inscription on a2r “Di Casa Fini Pola”.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “X.3.13”.
Binding: Italy, 18th-century vellum;  red leather title label on spine;  green-edged leaves;  green silk bookmark.   Size:  292 x 205 mm.
Leaf size: 288 x 197 mm.
Annotations: Occasional “nota” marks in gathering a;  signature g2, mis-signed by the printer “b2”, is corrected in pen-and-ink.
Decoration: On a2r a six-line epigraphic initial “Q” is supplied in purple pen-work, the body of the initial decorated with the head and shoulders of a helmeted man holding a spear;  on b1r a ten-line epigraphic initial “C” is supplied in purple pen-work, and astride the initial is a horse standing on grassy ground and bearing a nude male rider who holds a banner with the initials “S.P.Q.R.”, the rider’s shield on the ground, from which his helmet is suspended in the inner margin, and with a cornucopia extending into the upper margin;  painted coat of arms in the lower margins of a2r and b1r (see Provenance above);  a four-line initial “Q” on a5r, a six-line initial “M” on g1r, and a six-line initial “I” on 2s1r are supplied in red.
Imperfections: None.

Historiated epigraphic initial in Leonicenus, Omnibonus: Commentum in Ciceronis Oratorem