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Bod-Inc: A-482

Attila Flagellum Dei [Italian]


Analysis of Content

[a1r] ‘Il libro di Atila.’ Incipit: ‘[I]ntendando li pagani de Ungaria e de molte altre prouincie e nation(!) . . .’ Translation dated 1421. See Alessandro d'Ancona, Studi di critica e storia letteraria (Bologna, 1880) and Valentino Bompiani, Dizionario letterario Bompiani delle opere e dei personaggi, 1 (Milan, 1949), 311-12. On the image of Attila before 1300: see Jennifer Williams, Etzel der rîche (Bern, 1981) and also Helmut de Boor, Das Attilabild in Geschichte, Legende und heroischer Dichtung (Bern, 1932) and Ernst Cordt, Attila, flagellum Dei – Etzel – Atli: zur Darstellung des Hunnenkönigs in Sage und Chronistik (Trieste, 1984).

[f7v] [Historical note on Attila.] Incipit: ‘Atila persecutore di la Christiana fede primamente uenne uerso Aquilegia nel tempo de Papa Leone . . .’


Imprint: Venice: Gabriele di Pietro and Filippo di Pietro, 20 Jan. 1472/3. 4°.

Remarks: Sheppard notes that the book is dated ‘stile veneto': ‘In the last paragraph of the work mention is made of the incursions of the Turks into Friuli “ne li anni del signore M.CCCC.LXXII.” These took place in the autumn of that year.' See also Romanin, Storia documentata di Venezia, IV 365.


Collation: [a–f8].

Remarks: No collation given in GW.


ISTC: ia01177500

GW: GW 2765;

Hain: HR 1910;

Proctor: Pr 4185;

Others: Sheppard 3366.

LCN: 13981096


Copy number: A-482(1)

Variants from GW description: [a1r] l. 3: ‘matre', [b1r] l. 1: ‘a zente: E ſi de el confalone . . .’

Binding: Old parchment.

Size: 194 × 143 × 15 mm.

Size of leaf: 187 × 134 mm.

A few early marginal notes.

Provenance: Joseph Smith (1682-1770); armorial book-plate. Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735-1792); sale (1789), part IV lot 6759 (printed label on front pastedown); in the annotated sale catalogue marked down to Payne, for Fl. 25. Purchased through Payne for £2. 3. 6; see Books Purchased (1790), 10.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 5.21.

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