Modestus [pseudo-]: De vocabulis rei militaris.

Add:  Julius Pomponius Laetus:  De magistratibus urbis;  De sacerdotiis;  De legibus.   Suetonius:  De grammaticis et rhetoribus.

[Venice]:  Bartholomaeus Cremonensis and Bartholomaeus de Carlo Vercellensis, 27 May 1474.
4to.   [18 2-36 410 5-68].   [46] leaves.
ISTC im00737000;  Goff M737;  BMC V 209;  Bod-inc M-286.

The 'De vocabulis rei militaris' attributed to Modestus consists of excerpts from Vegetius, 'De rei militari' - see Lorenzo Dalmasso ‘La storia di un estratto di Vegezio saggio sulla fortuna dell’ Epitoma rei militaris’ in ‘Rendiconti Istituto Lombardo di scienze e lettere’ ser. 2, 40 (1907) pp. 805-814.

Two copies listed in Glasgow Incunabula Project; copy 1 held by University of Glasgow Library and copy 2 held by Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Bx.3.47 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: Variant issue with colophon mentioning the second printer, Bartholomaeus de Carlo Vercellensis, as in the second copy in BMC (IA.20027), not as in the first copy in BMC (IA.20028) whose colophon names Bartholomaeus Cremonensis alone.
Provenance: Thomas Jekyll (d. 1774?):  lot 2473 in 'A catalogue of the library of Thomas Jekyl, Esq; deceased; nephew of the Right Honourable Sir Joseph Jekyl ... which will be sold by auction, by S. Baker and G. Leigh ... beginning Monday, March the 20th, 1775'.
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Jekyll sale for £3.15.0 according to the annotated BL copy of the Jekyll sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 12(4).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Aw.11.14”.
Binding: 18th-century mottled calf decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold ornament at each corner;  marbled endpapers;  green silk bookmark.   Size:  183 x 138 mm.
Leaf size: 178 x 130 mm.
Annotations: On 1/1r “Summae Raritatis” in an 18th-century hand followed by references to editions printed at Paris, 1522 and Lugdunum Batavorum, 1581.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

 

Final page with colophon of 'De re militari.'

Copy 2

Acccession number:

E.1939.65.1381

Variant: Variant issue with colophon mentioning the second printer, Bartholomaeus de Carlo Vercellensis, as in the second copy in BMC (IA. 20027), not as in the first copy in BMC (IA. 20028) whose colophon names Bartholomaeus Cremonensis alone.
Provenance: Robert Lyons Scott (1871-1939), shipbuilder and collector of armour, Greenock: owner; source unknown.
Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: bookplate on front pastedown “Glasgow Museums & Art Galleries R.L. Scott Collection”; R.L. Scott bequest, 1939.
Binding: 19th-century half red calf, embossed red paper sides;  marbled endpapers.   Size:  212 x 152 mm.
Leaf size: 201 x 142 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations and underlining in a humanist hand in brown ink, mainly extracting keywords or phrases; corrections of text on 3/4v and 3/5r (ff. 18v and 19r); traces of early manuscript signatures; on verso of front free endpaper is a 20th-century price “2-2-0” faintly visible in pencil together with a shelfmark “15.F.28” in pencil; number “400” in pencil on rear free endpaper.
Decoration: Principal initials supplied in gold, embellished with white vine decoration defined in reddish-pink and green and placed on a blue square ground decorated with a pattern of white dots in groups of three; two and three-line initials supplied in alternate blue and red.
Imperfections: None.

Modestus [pseudo-]: De vocabulis rei militaris - Illuminated initial