Italia illustrata (ed. Gaspar Blondus).
Analysis of Content
[a2r] [Table of contents.] Incipit: ‘`De Italie nomine, dimensione ac forma . . .’
[c1r] Blondus, Gaspar: [Letter addressed to] Paulus Zane, Bishop of Brescia. Incipit: ‘Coegerunt me tandem assidue tue uoces, prestantissime pater . . .’
[c2r] Blondus, Flavius: ‘In Italiam illustratam prefatio'. Edited by Gaspar Blondus. Incipit: ‘`[C]um multi hystoriam uariis celebrent extollantque sententiis tum maxime Alexander Antoninus . . .’
[c2v] Blondus, Flavius: Italia illustrata. Incipit: ‘`[I]taliam describere exorsi prouinciarum orbis primariam a laudibus eius incipere debuimus . . .’
Imprint: Rome: Johannes Philippus de Lignamine, [not before 10] Dec. 1474. Folio.
Remarks: Although the colophon is dated 5 Dec., the prefatory letter is dated 10 Dec.; BMC presumes that the book was not complete before 10 Dec.
Collation: [a10 b8 c–g10 h8 i10 k8 l–s10].
GW: GW 4421;
Hain: HC 3246;
Goff: Goff B‑700;
BMC: BMC IV 33;
Proctor: Pr 3397;
Others: Sheppard 2717.
Copy number: B-356(1)
Wanting the blank leaf [a1]; gatherings [m] and [p] are misbound between [e10] and [f1]; the last leaf is backed.
Binding: English eighteenth-century gold-tooled, crushed red morocco, stamped with the arms of the Duke of Roxburghe; marbled pastedowns; gilt-edged leaves; endpapers watermarked ‘Budgen 1795', countermark a fleur-de-lis also dated 1795.
Size: 333 × 240 × 35 mm.
Size of leaf: 322 × 210 mm.
A few early but washed notes still visible.
Provenance: John Ker, 3rd Duke of Roxburghe (1740-1804); sale (18 May 1812), lot 8187, possibly for £8. 8. 0. Purchased for £3. 16. 6; see Books Purchased (1822), 2.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 2.21
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