Title: P. Ouidii Nasonis Libri de Arte Amandi & de Remedio Amoris Cum Luculentissimis Commentariis Reverendissimi Domini Bartholomei Merulae apostolici protonotarii & aliis additionibus novis nuper in lucem emissis aptissimisque figuris ornati: necnon castigatissima tabula que omnia vocabula: omnesque historias complectitur; Bound With; Amorum Libri Tres. De medicamine faciei libellus: et nux. Infinitis pene erroribus e manuscriptis exemplaribus emaculati. Una cum Dominici Marii Nigri Veneti luculentissimis enarrationibus: addito indice eorum: quae digna notatu visa sunt. His insuper accedunt Pulex & Philomela: licet falso Nasoni adscribantur, 1516/1518. Sammelband of Ovid Texts
Author: Ovid; Bartholomaeus Merula
Publisher: Venezia, Giovanni Tacuino
A scarce early 16th century edition of Ovid’s de Arte Amandi, also known as the Ars Amatoria, or the Art of Loving and the Remedy of Love, featuring the commentary of Bartholomaeus Merula. an instructional elegy series in three books, the first book of the Ars amatoria was written to show a man how to find a woman. The second book shows how to keep her. The third and final book, written two years after the first books were published, gives women advice on how to win and keep the love of a man. There are five in-text woodcuts, at the beginning of each book.
Additionally bound is an early 16th century edition of Ovid’s Amorum Libri Tres, containing Medicamina Faciei Femineae, a didactic poem that defends the use of cosmetics by Roman women and provides five recipes for facial treatments. There is also the poem Nux, as well as Pulex and Philomela, though the latter is falsely attributed to him. There are three in-text woodcuts, and numerous woodcut initials.
A unique sammelband containing several texts by Ovid.
The blank to the first work is lacking, the second work is lacking all 6 preliminary leaves (including the title) and the blank at the end.
USTC records 13 copies of the first work in existing libraries
Two works bound into one vellum volume in folio, LIII, 89 leaves
This volume is in fair shape, with minor rubbing and old staining to the binding. There is some worming to the upper margins of the first work, with a bit of text loss to the page headers. Leaves 2-10 of the second work have old restoration work, the first two more extensively, due to old staining. Several lines of text are obscured. There is minor worming affecting the upper right margin of leaf 72 onwards, with some text loss to the printed marginalia. There is some staining throughout.