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Bod-Inc: B-355

Blondus, Flavius

Historiarum ab inclinatione Romanorum imperii decades.


Analysis of Content

a2r Blondus, Flavius: Historiarum ab inclinatione Romanorum imperii decades. Incipit:`[R]omanorum imperii originem incrementaque cognoscere . . .’

I8r [Colophon.]

I8r Campanus, [Johannes Antonius: Verse.] Incipit: ‘Blonde, pio uiuo moreris nil morte dolendum est | Tu famae, domui consulit ille tuae'; 2 elegiac distichs.

I8r [Campanus, Johannes Antonius: Verse dedicated to Pius II, Pont. Max.] Incipit: ‘Romam instauratam cœpit conscribere Blondus | Multa illum instaurans contulit Eugenius'; 3 elegiac distichs.

I8r [Campanus, Johannes Antonius]: ‘Epitaphium'. Incipit: ‘Hic situs est Blondus Priami cui forma, Catonis | Vita, Titi Liuii fama decusque fuit'; 2 elegiac distichs.

AA1r Pius II, Pont. Max.: Abbreviationes supra Decades Blondi. Incipit: ‘[F]uit autem in urbe Constantinopoli Romanum imperium magna cum gloria . . .’ Aeneas Silvius, Opera quae extant omnia (Basel, 1571), 144-281.


Imprint: Venice: Thomas de Blavis de Alexandria, 28 June 1484. Folio.


Collation: a–g8 h10 i–u8 x10 A8 B14 C–I AA–EE8 FF10.


ISTC: ib00699000

GW: GW 4420 (Blondus only);

Hain: HC *3249;

Goff: Goff B‑699;

BMC: BMC V 317;

Proctor: Pr 4758;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑552; Oates 1875; Sheppard 3815.


Copy number: B-355(1)

Wanting the blank leaf a1.

Binding: Contemporary English blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, two clasps lost. Formerly chained; staple-marks of a hasp at head of the upper cover. On both covers triple fillets form a frame, in which is a triangular floral stamp; triple fillets form an intersecting double frame; in the frame a rectangular floral stamp; the inner rectangle is divided by triple fillets into triangular and lozenge-shaped compartments with triangular and lozenge-shaped floral stamps; circular rosette on spine; see Oldham, Blind-stamped Bindings, pl. xviii, nos 182, 184, 189, 190: ‘Fruit and Flower Binder'. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 325 × 215 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 303 × 208 mm.

Endleaves and pastedowns from Dionysius Halicarnassus, Antiquitates romanae, Treviso: B. Celerius, 25 Feb. 1480, books 9-10; see D‑096(3); partly covered by fragment of a fifteenth-century manuscript of terminist logic.

Author and title in an early hand on fore-edge. Early marginal notes in books I–V of the Abbreviatio.

Provenance: Thomas Herrison (seventeenth century?); signature on a2r. John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 18. Presented in 1659.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: B 1.11 Art. Seld.; Auct. N 1.11.

SHELFMARK: S. Seld. c.1.

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