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Bod-Inc: B-362

Boccaccio, Giovanni

De casibus virorum illustrium [English] The falle of princis.


Analysis of Content

a2r [Lydgate, John]: ‘Prologus'. Addressed to Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester. John Lydgate, Fall of Princes, ed. Henry Bergen (Washington, 1923), 1-13. On the printer's copy, Manchester, John Rylands University Library, English MS. 2, see Ford, ‘Author's Autograph', no. 26.

a5r Boccaccio, Giovanni: De casibus virorum illustrium. ‘The falle of princis, princessis [and] other nobles'. Translated by John Lydgate. Dedicated to Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester. Lydgate, Fall of Princes, ed. Bergen 13-673; 675-1020.

H3r [Lydgate, John]: ‘The wordes of the translatoure'. Lydgate, Fall of Princes, ed. Bergen 1021-2.

H3r [Colophon.]

H3v ‘Greneacres a L'enuoye vpon John Bochas'. Lydgate, Fall of Princes, ed. Bergen 1023.


Imprint: London: Richard Pynson, 27 Jan. 1494. Folio.


Collation: a–m8 n6 o–v A–F8 G6 H4.

Illustrations: Nine woodcuts; see Hodnett nos 1945, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, and 1960, also BMC.


ISTC: ib00710000

GW: GW 4431;

Hain: HC 3345;

Goff: Goff B‑710;


Proctor: Pr 9783;

Others: Baer, Die Illustrierten Historienbücher, p. xlvi, no. 228; Duff 46; Lydgate, Fall of Princes, ed. Bergen, part IV, 109-15; Oates 4197; Sheppard 7535; STC 3175. Facsimile: English Experience, no. 777 (Amsterdam, 1976).

LCN: 13959080


Copy number: B-362(1)

Wanting the blank leaf a1 and leaf H4 with the device.

Binding: Seventeenth-century(?) English blind-tooled calf.

Size: 298 × 225 × 45 mm.

Size of leaf: 291 × 211 mm.

Provenance: Digby (before 1654); on H3v ‘Decrevi in eternum qd' Dygby'. On H3v ‘1559 Nil tam noset(!) quam male(!) societas, qd' george rodiat'. On H3v ‘In the I putte my truste, o Lorde, lete me neuer be confounded. | Thomas [ ]ley'; the name erased and replaced by ‘Wi: Bromley'; William Bromley (fl. before 1654). John Selden (1584-1654); MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 18. Presented in 1659.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: L 3.13 Jur.; N 2.8 Jur.; Auct. QQ sup. 2.12.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.26.

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