Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  Hoc in volvmine hæc continentvr. M. Val. Probvs De notis Roma. ex codice manvscripto castigatior, avctiorqve, qvam vnqvam antea, factvs. Petrvs Diaconvs de eadem re ad Conradum Primum Imp. Ro. Demetrivs Alabaldvs De Minutiis. Idem de ponderibus. Idem de mensuris. Ven. Beda de computo per gestum digitorum. Idem de loquela. Idem de ratione vnciarum. Leges XII Tabularum. Leges Pontificæ Ro. Variæ verborum conceptiones quibus Antiqui cu[m] in rebus sacris, tum prophanis uterentur, sub titulo de Ritibvs Romanorvm collectæ. Phlegontis Trallani Epistola de moribus Ægyptiorum. Aureliani Cæsaris epistola De Officio Tribuni Militum. Iscriptiones Antiquæ variis in locis repertæ, atq[ue] aliæ, q[ui] quæ in Romano Codice continentur. Hæc omnia nunc primum edita.
top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
Image Not Yet Available
PROBUS, Marcus Valerius
[De notis Romanorum]
Hoc in volvmine hæc continentvr. M. Val. Probvs De notis Roma. ex codice manvscripto castigatior, avctiorqve, qvam vnqvam antea, factvs. Petrvs Diaconvs de eadem re ad Conradum Primum Imp. Ro. Demetrivs Alabaldvs De Minutiis. Idem de ponderibus. Idem de mensuris. Ven. Beda de computo per gestum digitorum. Idem de loquela. Idem de ratione vnciarum. Leges XII Tabularum. Leges Pontificæ Ro. Variæ verborum conceptiones quibus Antiqui cu[m] in rebus sacris, tum prophanis uterentur, sub titulo de Ritibvs Romanorvm collectæ. Phlegontis Trallani Epistola de moribus Ægyptiorum. Aureliani Cæsaris epistola De Officio Tribuni Militum. Iscriptiones Antiquæ variis in locis repertæ, atq[ue] aliæ, q[ui] quæ in Romano Codice continentur. Hæc omnia nunc primum edita.
Venetiis in ædibus Ioannis Tacuini Tridinensis, mense Februario 1525.
[4], XXXI leaves : wdcut frontis. ; 19.7 cm. (4º)

Edited by J. Tacuinus. Imprint from colophon. An important edition of this first century scholar's book of abbreviations, the essential guide to the interpretation of ancient Roman inscriptions. It includes a number of supplementary pieces which appear here for the first time, one of which is Bede's De computo per gestum digitorum. This is an extract from Bede's principal work of science, the De ratione temporum, only printed in its entirety four years later (1529), and is a crucial key to digital notation and the finger symbolism of number as used in the Middle Ages in western Europe. (See D.E. Smith, Rara Arithmetica. A Catalogue of the Arithmetics Written Before the Year MDCI, New York, 1970). Another piece appearing here for the first time is Bede's De ratione unciarum, an explanation of the symbols used in measuring, whether in weighing coins, or dividing units into fractions. The symbols employed are all illustrated in woodcuts. The frontispiece to the text (a4v) is a full-page woodcut signed with the initials 'b.M.' [cut c. 1499 by Benedetto Montagna], depicting a sybil beneath an arch inscribed with a series of letters which, according to a printed legend in Latin, "Bede has succeeded in deciphering". Woodcut initials. Title-page printed in red and black.

Copy Notes Purchased at Christie's sale, 23 March, 1813 (q.v.) for 15s. 6d. in lot 93 (with five other items). Inscription in ink on both pastedowns Barbaro. A similar inscription appears in the copy of A. Bosio, Roma sotterranea, 1650 (q.v.) forming part of the same sale lot, where it reads 'dal March[ese] Barbaro' in the same or a very similar hand.

Binding C16th vellum, gilt-tooled borders and spine compartments, red-stained spine-label compartment, gilt-lettered.

Reference Number 414


If you have any further information about this book,
please contact us:

books@soane.org.uk