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De Nola : opusculum distinctum plenum clarum doctum pulcrum uerum, graue, uarium & utile

Label
De Nola : opusculum distinctum plenum clarum doctum pulcrum uerum, graue, uarium & utile
Title
De Nola
Title remainder
opusculum distinctum plenum clarum doctum pulcrum uerum, graue, uarium & utile
Creator
Contributor
Engraver
Former owner
Printer
Subject
Genre
Language
lat
Summary
First edition of one of the earliest illustrated works of archaeology, the first to deal with antiquities outside of Rome, and the first product of Neapolitan humanism on the subject.
Member of
Cataloging source
CUD
Citation location within source
  • V:159-171
  • pages 469-470, nos. 15-18
  • Italian sixteenth century books, no. I:255
  • 3914
  • 25:68-72
  • pages 127-129
  • CNCE 45515
  • L-479
  • page 374
Citation source
  • Hind, A.M. Early Italian engraving
  • Catalogue of early Italian engravings preserved in the Department of prints and drawings in the British museum
  • Harvard College Library. Catalogue of books and manuscripts
  • Sander, M. Livre à figures italien depuis 1467 jusqu'à 1530
  • Bartsch, A. Illustrated Bartsch
  • Weiss, R. Renaissance discovery of classical antiquity
  • EDIT 16
  • Adams, H.M. Catalogue of books printed on the continent of Europe, 1501-1600, in Cambridge libraries
  • Short-title catalogue of books printed in Italy and of Italian books printed in other countries from 1465 to 1600 now in the British Museum
Illustrations
  • maps
  • plans
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
DG975.N64
LC item number
L58 1514
Literary form
non fiction
Summary expansion
The work treats ancient and medieval Nola, a seat of the Neapolitan branch of the Orsini family, and in fact is dedicated to Enrico Orsini, who, not improbably, may have underwritten the cost of its production. Leone clearly attempts to justify the Orsini claim to rule Nola, as well as flatter other noble or well-to-do inhabitants as descendants of Rome. Leone includes information on both topography and antiquities (architectural remains and inscriptions) of Nola, and for his text has mined the work of ancient literary authors, especially Galen and Pliny. The plan of ancient Nola most likely owes something to the plan of Rome by Marco Fabio Calvo, Antiquae urbis Romae, which was drawn in the first decade of the 16th century and circulated widely in learned circles in manuscript, although not published until 1532. Leone also focuses on medieval Nola as well, but tends to avoid political or religious history in order to avoid controversy with the worldly or ecclesiastical powers. His one exception concerns Nola's best known saint, the 5th century A.D. Saint Paulinus of Nola. Leone was duly censured by Gianstefano Remondini in his Della Nolana ecclesiastica storica (1747-1757) for being insufficiently "hagiographical."
Label
De Nola : opusculum distinctum plenum clarum doctum pulcrum uerum, graue, uarium & utile
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Author's name appears in caption title at head of dedicatory preface (leaf a2r): "Ambrosii Leonis in libellos De Nola ..."
  • Imprint statement from colophon, in which place of printing follows name of printer
  • Signatures: a-i6 k4 A-B4
  • Woodcuts: four large (9-line) white-on-black foliated, floriated, or pictorial initials; smaller 6-line initials throughout; large white-on-black foliated head-piece at head of first page of "Praefatio."
  • Engravings: text illustrated with four engraved plates--two in color, two in black-and-white; the first is a full-page bird's-eye view pictorial map of the Bay of Naples and surrounding area, showing Nola in the center, surrounded by Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Pompei, Naples, Stabia, and Castellamare, engraved in green, and signed "Hie. Moce." by Girolamo Mocetto; the second is a folded pictorial map of antiquities of Nola in black-and white (although having a greenish cast to it); the third plate is a plat map or plan of the modern town of Nola, also folded; and the fourth plate, engraved entirely in reddish-brown (sepia or sanguine) ink is a bird's eye pictorial map of the walled city of Nola with its fortifications. The plates represent one of the earliest efforts of color printed engravings in Italy, including the first plan of ancient Nola. Although the majority of known copies were printed in black and white, both the literature and bibliographical records attest to copies with a single plate printed in color. Notably, the choice of both the plate and color selected show a certain amount of variation, possibly because it was a new process, and possibly because Mocetto may not have had a press suitable for printing copper engravings. The UCLA copy, along with the Crawford-Breslauer-Schaefer copy, is the only one known to contain two plates in color: (1) blue-green and (4) sanguine. At this date, in Italy, such a technically sophisticated printing challenge could never have been achieved in Naples, only in Venice. As Hind points out, the quality of the color printing is uneven, though in the UCLA copy, this seems to be because the second and third plates were insufficiently cleaned when printed and the plate tone in the background is variable; the second plate even shows a slight green tint, as suggested above, the effect of the previous plate, printed with green ink, having been insufficiently cleaned.
  • Engraved copies of the plates appear in Italiae illustratae et rerum, urbiumque italicaum scriptores varii (Frankfurt: Heirs of Camber, 1600)
  • Text printed in roman type
  • Errata: leaves B3-B4 at end
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
32 cm (folio)
Extent
lviii, [8] leaves, [4] leaves of plates (2 folded)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: third plate is second state, with three flowering plants added at the bottom. Bound in 18th-century vellum boards; gold-stamped spine title "De Nola;" edges sprinkled blue. Seventeenth-century ownership inscription on title page "Honofrij depalma" of Onofrio di Palma, who was advocatus fiscalis in Naples. Armorial bookplate on front pastedown of the Spanish cartographer Tomás López de Vargas Machuca, printed in green ink on blue paper. Mounted on recto of first endleaf are the printed instructions in Latin that López de Vargas has prepared for readers using books in his library. Purchase, PRPH, 2015.
Other physical details
maps (engravings, 2 color, 2 b&w)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)79143720
  • ucoclc79143720
Label
De Nola : opusculum distinctum plenum clarum doctum pulcrum uerum, graue, uarium & utile
Publication
Note
  • Author's name appears in caption title at head of dedicatory preface (leaf a2r): "Ambrosii Leonis in libellos De Nola ..."
  • Imprint statement from colophon, in which place of printing follows name of printer
  • Signatures: a-i6 k4 A-B4
  • Woodcuts: four large (9-line) white-on-black foliated, floriated, or pictorial initials; smaller 6-line initials throughout; large white-on-black foliated head-piece at head of first page of "Praefatio."
  • Engravings: text illustrated with four engraved plates--two in color, two in black-and-white; the first is a full-page bird's-eye view pictorial map of the Bay of Naples and surrounding area, showing Nola in the center, surrounded by Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Pompei, Naples, Stabia, and Castellamare, engraved in green, and signed "Hie. Moce." by Girolamo Mocetto; the second is a folded pictorial map of antiquities of Nola in black-and white (although having a greenish cast to it); the third plate is a plat map or plan of the modern town of Nola, also folded; and the fourth plate, engraved entirely in reddish-brown (sepia or sanguine) ink is a bird's eye pictorial map of the walled city of Nola with its fortifications. The plates represent one of the earliest efforts of color printed engravings in Italy, including the first plan of ancient Nola. Although the majority of known copies were printed in black and white, both the literature and bibliographical records attest to copies with a single plate printed in color. Notably, the choice of both the plate and color selected show a certain amount of variation, possibly because it was a new process, and possibly because Mocetto may not have had a press suitable for printing copper engravings. The UCLA copy, along with the Crawford-Breslauer-Schaefer copy, is the only one known to contain two plates in color: (1) blue-green and (4) sanguine. At this date, in Italy, such a technically sophisticated printing challenge could never have been achieved in Naples, only in Venice. As Hind points out, the quality of the color printing is uneven, though in the UCLA copy, this seems to be because the second and third plates were insufficiently cleaned when printed and the plate tone in the background is variable; the second plate even shows a slight green tint, as suggested above, the effect of the previous plate, printed with green ink, having been insufficiently cleaned.
  • Engraved copies of the plates appear in Italiae illustratae et rerum, urbiumque italicaum scriptores varii (Frankfurt: Heirs of Camber, 1600)
  • Text printed in roman type
  • Errata: leaves B3-B4 at end
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
32 cm (folio)
Extent
lviii, [8] leaves, [4] leaves of plates (2 folded)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: third plate is second state, with three flowering plants added at the bottom. Bound in 18th-century vellum boards; gold-stamped spine title "De Nola;" edges sprinkled blue. Seventeenth-century ownership inscription on title page "Honofrij depalma" of Onofrio di Palma, who was advocatus fiscalis in Naples. Armorial bookplate on front pastedown of the Spanish cartographer Tomás López de Vargas Machuca, printed in green ink on blue paper. Mounted on recto of first endleaf are the printed instructions in Latin that López de Vargas has prepared for readers using books in his library. Purchase, PRPH, 2015.
Other physical details
maps (engravings, 2 color, 2 b&w)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)79143720
  • ucoclc79143720

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