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Bod-Inc: B-358

Blondus, Flavius

Roma triumphans.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Blondus, Flavius: [Letter addressed to] Pius II, Pont. Max. Incipit: ‘[Q]uotquot hactenus scriptores et uates opera sua principibus inscripsere . . .’

[a1v] Blondus, Flavius: ‘In Romae triumphantis libros Proemium'. Incipit: ‘[A]rdenti uirtute praestantique ingenio ferme omnes sermones quos de gestis rebus . . .’

[a2v] Blondus, Flavius: Roma triumphans. Incipit: ‘[R]eligionem deorum culturam esse Nonius Marcellus scribit. Eandem . . .’ On the passage omitted in the printing see BMC and also Luciano Capra, ‘Un tratto di “Roma triumphans” omesso dagli stampatori', Italia medioevale e umanistica, 20 (1977), 303-22.


Imprint: [Mantua: Petrus Adam, de Michaelibus, c.1473]. Folio.

Remarks: For arguments for ascribing the book to Mantua see BMC; Pr and GW ascribe the book to [Brescia: Printer for Pietro Villa].


Collation: [a–b10 c–l8 m6 n–o8 p6 q–y8 z4.]


ISTC: ib00703000

GW: GW 4424;

Hain: HCR 3244;

Goff: Goff B‑703;


Proctor: Pr 6942;

Others: Sheppard 5616.

LCN: 13962324


Copy number: B-358(1)

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf, bound for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 342 × 240 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 332 × 228 mm.

Early marginal notes with a few corrections to the text in two or three hands. Six leaves of fifteenth-century manuscript bound at the end, on fol. 1r: Beda, De temporum ratione, extract from lib. I ch. 1, De computo vel loquela digitorum (see PL XC 296,7); on fol. 1v: pseudo-Valerius Messala Corvinus, Ad Oct. Augustum de progenia sua: incipit: ‘Cum frequenter me digna moneat postulatio tua gentium, gloriosissime Imperator, ut . . . tui sæculi perenne ac immortale decus. Cæsar Aug.’

On [a1r] a contemporary north-east Italian eight-line epigraphic initial is supplied in gold on a blue, maroon, and green background and a white vine-stem ending in pink blossoms; in the inner margin a white vine-stem border touched in pink and incorporating a lamb, on a blue, maroon, and green background, edged in black, and with a single gold dot; six-line epigraphic initials supplied in gold on a green, maroon, and blue backgrounds with white or yellow filigree decoration; Pächt and Alexander II, 115 no. pr. 144.

Provenance: Purchased from Sotheby's, anonymous sale (23 Apr. 1857), lot 258, for £1. 10. 0; see Books Purchased (1857), 9.

SHELFMARK: Auct 4Q 2.14.

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