Analysis of Content
[a1r] [Bassi, Pietro Andrea de: Preface.] Incipit: ‘[P]er che, clarissimo principe, con elegantissima facundia li philosophanti ne dimostra . . .’
[b2r] Boccaccio, Giovanni: Teseide. Teseida delle nozze di Emilia, ed. Alberto Limentani, in Tutte le opere, ed. Vittore Branca, vol. 2 (Milan, 1964), 253-664; Rhiannon Daniels, Boccaccio and the Book: Production and Reading in Italy 1340-1520, Italian Perspectives, 19 (London, 2009), 58-62.
[b2r] [Bassi, Pietro Andrea de: Commentary.] Incipit: ‘Marte oltra la inuocation che lo auctore ha facta de le muse . . .’
Imprint: Ferrara: Augustinus Carnerius, 1475. Folio.
Collation: [a4 b c10 d e8 f–h10 i k8 l10 m n8 o10 p q8 r10 s t8].
GW: GW 4499;
Hain: H 3308 (var.); [H]CR 3308;
Goff: Goff B‑761;
BMC: BMC VI 606;
Proctor: Pr 5735;
Others: Sheppard 4778.
Copy number: B-379(1)
For this copy see Daniels, 62-6.
Wanting [a1], [b1-2], [k1, 4.5], gathering [p], [t1, 4.5], and the blank leaves [t7-8].
Gathering [a] bound at the end; [a4] repaired; [h5] bound as the outermost of the gathering. The colophon reads: .M°.CCCC°.LXXV.
Binding: Sixteenth/seventeenth-century Italian(?) gold-tooled brown morocco with five metal bosses on each cover; on both covers a border formed by a gilt roll of half rosettes and triangles surmounted by small flowers, within which double gilt fillets and a roll of rosettes and flowers in wreaths. Double gilt fillets form a double frame; in the corners of the central panel a fan pattern with a flame tool, all contained by a repeated drawer-handle tool. In the centre a wheel made up of the same tools as the corner ornaments, and also contained by the repeated drawer-handle tool; spine and turn-ins gold-tooled; possibly a remboitage.
Size: 352 × 250 × 40 mm.
Size of leaf: 341 × 241 mm.
Pastedowns from a fifteenth-century parchment manuscript containing the records of a court dealing with breaches of the peace at Brescia in 1453.
Occasional seventeenth/eighteenth-century marginal notes in Italian; signatures added by hand.
Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.
Provenance: Purchased in 1872 from William and Thomas Boone for £25; see Invoice Book (1870-5, Library Records d. 433).
SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 2.12.
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