Notitia utraque, dignitatum, cum Orientis, tum Occidentis, ultra Arcadii Honoriique tempora. Et in eam Guidi Panciroli [...] commentarium. Eiusdem authoris De magistratibus municipalibus liber: necnon seiunctus etiam à prioribus de Quatuordecim utriusque, tam veteris, quàm novae urbis regionibus libellus; [...] Nunc novissime Francisci Rhuardesii, I.V.D. praestantissimi commentariis illustratum: & d. Gulielmi Marani, [...] tribus indicibus [...] Ultima editio, auctior, et correctior

Autore: PANCIROLI, Guido ed. (1523-1599)

Tipografo: Jean de Gabiano (Colophon: Lugduni, ex typographia Iacobi du Creux dict Molliard, 1608)

Dati tipografici: Lyon, 1608

Five parts in one volume, folio. [16], 1-184, 25 [i.e. 35], [2], [185]-222 [i.e. 208], [12] leaves. Collation: ã4 a-b6 A-Z8 ²A-2G4 2H2 2I6 Aa-Bb8 Cc-Dd4 ²a-c4. Leaf O8 is a blank. Colophon at l. O7r and at the end. Nice historiate headpieces and initials. With 106 woodcuts illustrations in text, of which 104 are half page or larger. First title page printed in red and black. Gabiano's device on all five title pages. At l. P1 begins the Commentariorum, in notitiam utranque imperii Romani, liber secundus. In quo dignitates et administrationes, tam civiles, quam militares in partibus Occidentis exacte declarantur by Guido Panciroli; at l. 2A1 the De quattuordecim regionibus urbis Romae earundemque aedificiis tam publicis quam privatis, libellus by the same Panciroli; at l. 2I1 the Annotationes Francisci Rhuardesii legum professoris Cadurcensis, in notitiam utramque cum Orientis, tum Occidentis by François Roaldès; at l. Aa1 the De magistratibus municipalibus et corporis artificum libellus by Panciroli. At l. 2a1 begin the indexes compiled by Guillaume Maran.


The most complete edition, printed by Jacques Du Creux for Jean de Gabiano and profusely illustrated, of the Notitia dignitatum edited by and with the commentary of Guido Panciroli, which first appeared in Venice in 1593 and was reprinted in Venice in 1602 with the addition of the treatise De quattuordecim regionibus urbis Romae. L'editio princeps of the Notitia was first published in Basle in 1552 on the basis of now lost 9th-century manuscript.

The Notitia is a historical-antiquarian work, presumably composed in the fifth century, which describes the evolution of the legal, political and administrative structure of the Lower Roman Empire, both in the West and in the East, up to Honorius and Arcadius, with particular attention to the public offices of both empires.

The rich Commentarium by Panciroli, dedicated to Carlo Emanuele of Savoy, was reprinted several times and finally included in the volume 7 of the Thesaurus antiquitatum Romanarum by Graevius. Of the other texts that Panciroli wrote to complement its edition, which are the expression of his antiquarian interest not only in the reconstruction of the institutions of ancient Rome, but also in the urban configuration of the city and its monuments, the De Rebus Bellicis appears for the first time in this edition.

Guido Panciroli, jurist and antiquarian born in Reggio Emilia in 1523, succeeded Matteo Gribaldi Mofa at the chair of law at the University of Padua, and then moved on to teach for a short period in Turin. He died in Padua in 1599 (cf. G. Rossi, Panciroli, Guido, in: “Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani”, LXXX, 2014, s.v.).

François Roaldès (1519-1589) was professor of law at the University of Cahors and Valencia. Guillaume Maran (1546-1621) was professor of law in Toulouse. Their contributions appear for the first time in this edition.


Graesse IV, 691 (“Cette édition est plus complète que les deux antérieures (Venise 1593 et 1602) données par le même antiquaire”); Olschki, Choix, XI, 17716-7.


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RICCHIERI, Ludovico (1469-1525). Ludovici Caelii Rhodigini Lectionum antiquarum libri triginta, recogniti ad auctore, atque ita locupletati, ut tertia plus parte auctiores sint redditi […] cornucopiae seu thesaurus utriusque linguae appellandi. Postrema editio, cui accesserunt capitum & rerum indices omnium locupletissimi. [Frankfurt a.M.], Andreas Wechel Erben, Claude Marne & Johann Aubry, 1599.


Folio. [60] pp., 1430 [i.e. 1434] cols, [157] pp. Cols. 853-856 repeated in numbering. Collation: *2 α-δ6 )(4 a-z6 A-M6 N8(-N8) O-Z6 Aa-Nn6 Oo4 Pp-Zz6, AA-DD6. Leaf δ6 is a blank. Printer's device on title page. Woodcut initials.


Ricchieri started to work at the Antiquae lectiones in 1508, mostly during his stays at Padua and Rovigo. In February 1516 the first sixteen books appeared from the press of the heirs of Aldus Manutius. A second edition was published in 1517 by Johann Froben in Basel with the title Lectionum antiquarum libri XVI. Ricchieri continued to work steadily on a definite enlarged version, but he died in 1525. The definitive version, expanded to thirty books, was edited posthumously by his nephew Camillo Ricchieri and by Giovanni Maria Goretti, and printed in Basel by Froben and Episcopius in 1542, with the title Lectionum antiquarum libri XXX, with a dedication to Giovanni Domenico De Cuppis, cardinal of Trani. Rhodiginus dedicated the first book of his work to the famous bibliophile Jean Grolier (1479-1565), then treasurer of Milan. The other fifteen books are dedicated to various friends and scholars. The dedications to the newly added fourteen books are shared between Camillo Ricchieri and Goretti. The present Frankfurt edition offers the text first appeared in the 1542 edition.

This encyclopedic work is virtually a collection of notes on the classics and on general topics such as the human body, dance, music, poetry, art, sleep, rhetoric, the universe, etc. more or less in the manner of the famous Adagia published by Erasmus. Erasmus himself first complained that Ricchieri had borrowed from them without acknowledgment. As the years passed, however, Erasmus grew less hostile towards Ricchieri and indeed valued his work. In the Ciceronianus Erasmus echoed Calcagnini's comment that Ricchieri was a good and Christian man. He personally met Erasmus in the house of Richard Pace in December 1509. At this meeting were also present Niccolò Leoniceno, Celio Calcagnini and Nicolò Panizzato.

Lodovico Ricchieri, also known as Lodovicus Caelius Rhodginus, was born in Rovigo and studied philosophy at Ferrara, under Niccolò Leoniceno, and probably law at Padua. He was professor of Greek and Latin at Rovigo from 1491 till 1499, and again in 1503. In 1508 he held the chair of eloquence at Ferrara, where he met Celio Calcagnini. After a trip to France, Francis I appointed him to the chair of Greek at Milan, a post formerly held by Demetrius Chalcondyles. He died in Rovigo in 1525. His pupil Julius Caesar Scaliger described him as the Varro of his age (cf. G. Oliva, Celio Rodigino. Saggio bibliografico dell'età del Rinascimento, Rovigo, 1868, passim).



Two works in one volume (336x200 mm). Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over boards, spine in compartments, colored edges (spine a bit darkened, wormholes on the front pastedown). Ownership's inscriptions on the front pastedown: “Mathiae Berniggeri 1610 / Ex permutatione venit [?] ad Joan: Casp: Kesneru[m] Specto. / E cuius Bibliotheca emit Jo. Hem. Boeclerus 4 R”. Another contemporary manuscript note on front flyleaf verso. Slightly uniformly browned, but a very good genuine copy.