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Bod-Inc: A-534

Augustinus Hipponensis

De civitate dei [Italian] De la cita di dio.


Analysis of Content

a2r ‘Tauola.’

2a1r Augustinus: ‘Prologo.’ Incipit: ‘[E]ra quel tempo quando Roma essendoue entrati e Gotti che menauano guerra sotto il re Alarico . . .’

2a1v Augustinus: De la citta di dio. Incipit: ‘[L]a gloriosissima citta di dio o uero quando uiuendo per fede . . .’


Imprint: [Venice?: Antonio di Bartolommeo da Bologna (Miscomini), c.1476-8]. Folio.

Remarks: On the printer and date see Accurti I 145-6.


Collation: a12 a–i κ L m–z A–G10 H12.

Remarks: Leaf a2 signed a, a3 aii etc.


ISTC: ia01248000

GW: GW 2892;

Hain: HC *2071 (var.) = H 2072(?);

Goff: Goff A‑1248;

BMC: BMC VI p. xv; BMC VII 1136

Proctor: Pr 6145;

Others: BSB‑Ink A‑865; CIBN A‑691; Fiumi 21-2; Oates 2339; Sheppard 3521-3.

LCN: 13885195


Copy number: A-534(1)

Wanting the blank leaves a1 and H12.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf, with marbled boards, and pastedowns.

Size: 308 × 217 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 295 × 196 mm.

Copious marginal notes and pointing hands.

Initials are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate with handwritten shelfmark ‘AA.e.7': see Lee, Royal Bookplates, 41 no. 24; sale, pt I, lot 2293. Purchased for £2. 12. 6; see Books Purchased (1844), 3.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q sub. fen. 2.8.

Copy number: A-534(2)

Wanting the blank leaf a1.

Binding: Parchment.

Size: 298 × 217 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 286 × 191 mm.

Occasional marginal notes.

Provenance: Venice, Jesuats (i.e. ‘Clerici apostolici S. Hieronymi'), 1483; inscription on H11v: ‘Questo libro e di poveri Jesuati da vinegia 1483'. Giulio Bernardino Tomitano (1761-1828); inscription dated 1826 and notes on front flyleaf. ‘Duplicati'. ‘ . . . N° 7'; both inside the upper cover. Date of acquisition unknown; other books with neighbouring shelfmarks were acquired between 1843 and 1889.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q sub. fen. 2.9.

Copy number: A-534(3)

Wanting the blank leaf a1.

Binding: Nineteenth-century quarter calf over brown russia; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 295 × 202 × 57 mm.

Size of leaf: 284 × 186 mm.

Principal initials are supplied in gold and illuminated in Italian style, with white vine-stem scrolling on grounds of red, blue, or green, with white dots in groups of three, touched with gold, and extending into the margins and gutter. On2 a1r the scrolling decorates upper and lower, inner, and outer margins: in the lower margin, within a gold border and on a green ground, the coat of arms of the Castelli family: azure, a castle with three towers or; a label of four points gules, between the points three fleurs-de-lys of the second (Sheppard notes that the label is derived from the arms of the Duke of Anjou: see John Woodward and George Burnett, Woodward's a Treatise on Heraldry British and Foreign, with new introduction by L. G. Pine (Newton Abbot, 1969), 470 and pl. xxxix, no. 6; on ‘capo d'Angio', see Theodoro Amayden (Theodor von Mayden), La storia delle famiglie romane, with notes by Carlo Augusto Bertini (Rome, [c.1910]), II, 132); shield flanked by initials ‘C A'. Decorated perhaps in Rome, see Pächt and Alexander II, 108 no. pr. 34 and pl. lxxxvi. Other epigraphic initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. Headings of books supplied in red and blue. Capitals touched with yellow wash.

Provenance: Castelli family (fifteenth century), Bologna; coat of arms. Purchased for £4. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1845), 2.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 4.2.

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