Theorica musice Franchini Gafuri Laudensis.

Gaffurius, Franchinus, 1451-1522.
Standardized Title:
Theorica musicae
Other Title:
Theorica musice Franchini Gafvri Lavdensis
Impressum Mediolani : Per Magistrum Philippum Mantegatium dictum Cassanum : opera & impensa Magistri Ioannis Petri de Lomatio, Anno salutis MccccLxxxxii die xv Decembris [15 Dec. 1492]
[68] leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. (fol.)
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Music theory -- Early works to 1800.
Music, Greek and Roman -- History and criticism -- Early works to 1800.
Music -- Acoustics and physics -- Early works to 1800.
Incunabula -- Italy -- Milan -- 1492.
Wooden boards (Binding)
Clasps (Binding)
Place of Publication:
Italy Milan.
Imprint from colophon on leaf k8r, which reads: Impressum mediolani per Magistrum Philippum Mantegatium dictum Cassanum opera & impensa Magistri Ioannis Petri de lomatio anno salutis M.cccc.Lxxxxii. die xv Decembris.
Chancery folio. Leaf a2r: 38 lines, plus printed marginalia; area of text: 203 x 135 (160) mm. Initial spaces with guide letters. With signatures; without foliation or catchwords. Large woodcut title illustration (male figure seated at an organ) on leaf pi1r; large woodcut illustration on leaf b6r which depicts "the perception of the consonances of weighted hammers [by] Jubal, the biblical father of music; and ... Pythagoras and Philolaus demonstrating the tones of bells of different sizes, glasses filled with water to different levels, strings stretched with different weights and pipes of different lengths all in the so-called harmonic rations -- 4, 6, 8. 9, 12, 16."--I. Johnston, Measured tones, 3rd ed. (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2009), p. 5. Woodcut diagrams and musical notation in text. Errata on leaf pi1v.
Signatures: pi⁴ a⁸ b-i⁶ k⁸.
Local notes:
Leaf size: 281 x 198 mm.
Penn Libraries copy: rubrication: initials supplied in gold on red, red and green, or red, blue, and green backgrounds with white or white and yellow accents; partially effaced coat of arms within a green wreath and flanked by floriate extensions illuminated and colored in red, blue and green at foot of leaf a1r; colored and illuminated floral extensions in margin of leaves d4v and h1r to accompany excised initials; diagrams outlined in red.
Presented to the Penn Libraries in 1966 by the estate of A. Carson Simpson.
Penn Libraries copy bound in early full blind-tooled leather (mended at edges; spine rebacked) over wooden boards; evidence of four leather clasps on left board (two at fore-edge, one each at head and tail edges); 1 intact catchplate at head of right board; modern endpapers.
Penn Libraries copy imperfect: leaves pi1 (title leaf), pi3, pi4, and b6 wanting, each with a photoreproduction bound in its place.
Penn Libraries copy: initials on leaves a1r, d3v, e2r, f4r, h1r and k2r excised (that on leaf a1r mended with a blank leaf) with some loss of text on the corresponding verso or recto; in each case a photoreproduction of the entire leaf has been inserted before the leaf with the missing initial.
Penn Libraries copy: leaf h4 torn and mended at tail margin; leaf pi2 mended at outer margins.
Penn Provenance:
Simpson, A. Carson, Estate of (donor)
Penn Chronology:
1492 (15 Dec.)
Cited in:
Goff G-6
BM 15th cent. VI, p. 787 (IB.26831)
BM 15th cent. XII, p. 55 (IB.26831b)
GW 10437
Walsh, J.E. 15th cent. printed books, 3157
ISTC ie00006000
Mantegazzi, Filippo, fl. 1490-1499, printer.
Lomatio, Joannes Petrus de, fl. 1492-1496, publisher.
Incunable Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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