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Modus versificando.- Extraordinary sammelband of 21 works collected by a German humanist, comprising 4 incunables, 13 post-incunables and 4 manuscript works, including: the Latin part of Musaeus' Opusculum de Herone & Leandro, Venice, Aldus Manutius, 1497 (with 2 woodcut illustrations); Chrysoloras' Erotemata, Strasburg, Johann Knobloch, 1516; the fourth and fifth books of Gaza's Grammar, Leipzig, Valentin Schumann, 1516, Murmellius' Artis versificatorie rudimenta, Leipzig, Valentin Schumann, 1511 (not recorded in bibliographies of German 16th-century editions); Mombritius' De dominica passione libri sex, Leipzig, Jakob Thanner, [after 3rd January] 1499, (the only edition printed in Germany in the 15th Century) and Politianus' Silva, Leipzig, Jakob Thanner, 1512, copious contemporary ink marginalia in red and black ink, library stamp erased from title of each work, contemporary German blind-stamped half pigskin over wooden boards (from c.1520), spine with 3 raised bands, with undamaged original metal and leather clasps with manuscript title "Modus versificando", 4to, 230 x 170mm., v.p., c.1492-1519.

⁂ An exceptional medieval anthology. The first five printed works represent, with one of the manuscripts, the theoretical part of this poetic collection, while the following printed works and the other three manuscripts contain, faithfully to the engraved motto on the clasps, some very significant examples of medieval Greek and Latin poetics. The Musaeus includes the first two woodcuts ever printed by Aldus - an 'epic in miniature,' which had a considerable influence on Renaissance and Baroque literature: "The book is illustrated with two woodcuts, somewhat 'primitive' in style and of no particular artistic pretensions. In both of them the setting is the same: two fortified towns of Sestos and Abydos with the Hellespont in between. In the first one Hero watches Leander swimming across the channel; in the second she leaps to her death. These are the first illustrations in a Greek book...» (Staikos, p. 328-329).

The full list of works is:

  1. Εισαγογη προς των γραμματον. Elementale introductorium in idioma Graecanicum, Wittenberg, Johann Gronenberg, 1511.
  2. Chrysoloras (Manuel) Έρωτήματα. Erotemata, Strasbourg, Johann Knobloch d. Ä, December 1516
  3. Gaza (Theodoros) Liber Quartus & ultimus de constructione R. Croco Britanno Interprete, Leipzig, Valentin Schumann, 1516.
  4. Quid versus unde dicat et quot accidunt. [Commentary on Antonio Mancinelli], manuscript, 16ff.
  5. Mancinelli (Antonio) De componendis versibus opusculum cum additionibus Francisci Mataratij et Sulpitij Verulani, Leipzig, Jakob Thanner, 6 August 1504.
  6. Murmellius (Johannes) Artis versificatorie rudimenta... De hymnis ecclesiasticis eiusdem libellus. Nicolai Perotti generum metrorum, quibus Horatius & Boetius usi sunt, annotationes, Leipzig, Valentin Schumann, 1511.
  7. De origine poetarum, & quod Poetica, quid poesis, quodque poema, manuscript, 1f.
  8. Mombritius (Boninus) De dominica passione libri sex, Leipzig, Jakob Thanner, [after 3. January] 1499.
  9. Proba Falconia Hortina Carmina, sive Centones Vergilii, [Leipzig], Martin Landsberg, [c.1494].
  10. Emser (Hieronymus) Epitome ad sanctissimum dominum nostrum Papam Julium Secundum super vita miraculis et testimonia divi... Brunonis, [Leipzig, Melchior Lotter d. Ä, 1505].
  11. Musaeus Grammaticus Opusculum de Herone et Leandro. [Greek], Venice, Aldus Manutius, [before November 1495-1497?].
  12. Urceus (Antonius) Rhythmus Codri festivissmus. Carmen Mori urbanissimum I. Lusus Camiczianus verissimus, Leipzig, Melchior Lotter d. Ä., 1519.
  13. Poliziano (Angelo) Silva: cui titulus Rusticus. In poeta Hesiodi. Vergilijque Georgicon enarratio pronuntiata, Leipzig, Jakob Tanner, 1512.
  14. Flavius Avianus. Apologus adolescentulis ad meres et latinum sermonem capescendos utilissimum, Leipzig, Wolfgand Stöckel, 1509.
  15. Mancinus (Dominicus) Tractatus de Passione domini, Leipzig, Wolfgang Stöckel, 7 February 1509.
  16. Mehmed II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Epistole Maometis Turcarum Imperatoris elegantissime, Leipzig, Jakob Tanner,

    Full Lot Details

    Modus versificando.- Extraordinary sammelband of 21 works collected by a German humanist, comprising 4 incunables, 13 post-incunables and 4 manuscript works, including: the Latin part of Musaeus' Opusculum de Herone & Leandro, Venice, Aldus Manutius, 1497 (with 2 woodcut illustrations); Chrysoloras' Erotemata, Strasburg, Johann Knobloch, 1516; the fourth and fifth books of Gaza's Grammar, Leipzig, Valentin Schumann, 1516, Murmellius' Artis versificatorie rudimenta, Leipzig, Valentin Schumann, 1511 (not recorded in bibliographies of German 16th-century editions); Mombritius' De dominica passione libri sex, Leipzig, Jakob Thanner, [after 3rd January] 1499, (the only edition printed in Germany in the 15th Century) and Politianus' Silva, Leipzig, Jakob Thanner, 1512, copious contemporary ink marginalia in red and black ink, library stamp erased from title of each work, contemporary German blind-stamped half pigskin over wooden boards (from c.1520), spine with 3 raised bands, with undamaged original metal and leather clasps with manuscript title "Modus versificando", 4to, 230 x 170mm., v.p., c.1492-1519.

    ⁂ An exceptional medieval anthology. The first five printed works represent, with one of the manuscripts, the theoretical part of this poetic collection, while the following printed works and the other three manuscripts contain, faithfully to the engraved motto on the clasps, some very significant examples of medieval Greek and Latin poetics. The Musaeus includes the first two woodcuts ever printed by Aldus - an 'epic in miniature,' which had a considerable influence on Renaissance and Baroque literature: "The book is illustrated with two woodcuts, somewhat 'primitive' in style and of no particular artistic pretensions. In both of them the setting is the same: two fortified towns of Sestos and Abydos with the Hellespont in between. In the first one Hero watches Leander swimming across the channel; in the second she leaps to her death. These are the first illustrations in a Greek book...» (Staikos, p. 328-329).

    The full list of works is:

    1. Εισαγογη προς των γραμματον. Elementale introductorium in idioma Graecanicum, Wittenberg, Johann Gronenberg, 1511.
    2. Chrysoloras (Manuel) Έρωτήματα. Erotemata, Strasbourg, Johann Knobloch d. Ä, December 1516
    3. Gaza (Theodoros) Liber Quartus & ultimus de constructione R. Croco Britanno Interprete, Leipzig, Valentin Schumann, 1516.
    4. Quid versus unde dicat et quot accidunt. [Commentary on Antonio Mancinelli], manuscript, 16ff.
    5. Mancinelli (Antonio) De componendis versibus opusculum cum additionibus Francisci Mataratij et Sulpitij Verulani, Leipzig, Jakob Thanner, 6 August 1504.
    6. Murmellius (Johannes) Artis versificatorie rudimenta... De hymnis ecclesiasticis eiusdem libellus. Nicolai Perotti generum metrorum, quibus Horatius & Boetius usi sunt, annotationes, Leipzig, Valentin Schumann, 1511.
    7. De origine poetarum, & quod Poetica, quid poesis, quodque poema, manuscript, 1f.
    8. Mombritius (Boninus) De dominica passione libri sex, Leipzig, Jakob Thanner, [after 3. January] 1499.
    9. Proba Falconia Hortina Carmina, sive Centones Vergilii, [Leipzig], Martin Landsberg, [c.1494].
    10. Emser (Hieronymus) Epitome ad sanctissimum dominum nostrum Papam Julium Secundum super vita miraculis et testimonia divi... Brunonis, [Leipzig, Melchior Lotter d. Ä, 1505].
    11. Musaeus Grammaticus Opusculum de Herone et Leandro. [Greek], Venice, Aldus Manutius, [before November 1495-1497?].
    12. Urceus (Antonius) Rhythmus Codri festivissmus. Carmen Mori urbanissimum I. Lusus Camiczianus verissimus, Leipzig, Melchior Lotter d. Ä., 1519.
    13. Poliziano (Angelo) Silva: cui titulus Rusticus. In poeta Hesiodi. Vergilijque Georgicon enarratio pronuntiata, Leipzig, Jakob Tanner, 1512.
    14. Flavius Avianus. Apologus adolescentulis ad meres et latinum sermonem capescendos utilissimum, Leipzig, Wolfgand Stöckel, 1509.
    15. Mancinus (Dominicus) Tractatus de Passione domini, Leipzig, Wolfgang Stöckel, 7 February 1509.
    16. Mehmed II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Epistole Maometis Turcarum Imperatoris elegantissime, Leipzig, Jakob Tanner, jQuery(document).ready(function () { if(jQuery('.mobile-info').css('display') == 'none') { } jQuery('.lot-details-inner-left .has_arr img').hover(function() { jQuery('.lot-details-inner-left .has_arr .har_arr_text').show(); }, function() { jQuery('.lot-details-inner-left .has_arr .har_arr_text').hide(); }); jQuery('body').on('click', '.multiple_images_ul li', function (e) { // Re-instate Zoom Image jQuery('.zoomContainer').remove(); jQuery('.lot_main_image').removeData('elevateZoom'); }); jQuery('.lot_main_image').mouseout(function(){ jQuery('#loading').hide(); }); jQuery('#custom_currency').change(function(e) { e.preventDefault(); currency = this.value; low_estimate = 40000.00; high_estimate = 60000.00; jQuery.ajax( { url:"https://www.forumauctions.co.uk/index.php?option=com_auction&task=getCurrency", type: 'GET', data: {currency:currency, low_estimate: low_estimate, high_estimate:high_estimate,tmpl: 'auction',}, success:function(data){ if (currency == 'gbp') { jQuery('.price-label-selected-currency-js').html(''); return; } jQuery('.price-label-selected-currency-js').html(data); // console.log(data); } }); }); jQuery('#custom_currency_usa').change(function(e) { e.preventDefault(); currency = this.value; low_estimate = 40000.00; high_estimate = 60000.00; jQuery.ajax( { url:"https://www.forumauctions.co.uk/index.php?option=com_auction&task=getCurrency_usa", type: 'GET', data: {currency:currency, low_estimate: low_estimate, high_estimate:high_estimate,tmpl: 'auction',}, success:function(data){ if (currency == 'dollar') { jQuery('.price-label-selected-usa-currency-js').html(''); return; } jQuery('.price-label-selected-usa-currency-js').html(data); // console.log(data); } }); }); // Get the buyers remorse open status var buyers_remorse = window.localStorage.getItem('buyers_remorse'); // If the buyers remorse is not set if (!buyers_remorse) { // Show the buyers remorse overlay $('.buyers-remorse-notification').show(); } // On click of the close overlay button, close $('.close-remorse-overlay').click(function(e) { e.preventDefault(); // Get the buyers remorse open status window.localStorage.setItem('buyers_remorse', true); // Hide the buyers remorse overlay $('.buyers-remorse-notification').hide(); }); });