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Bod-Inc: B-489

Bossus, Matthaeus

Epistolae familiares et secundae.


Analysis of Content

A1v Mayno, Jason de: [Letter addressed to] Augustinus Papiensis. Incipit: ‘[A]ccepi abs te superioribus, mi Augustine, diebus . . .’

A2r Crassus, Balthasar: ‘In libellos et epistolas Matthaei Bossi Canonici regularis . . . hexametrum'. Incipit: ‘[O]ptarem meritos tibi commendare libellos'. See Soranzo, Bosso, 100, and in the index under Crasso Baldassare, Grasso Baldassare, and Grasso Bartolomeo.

A3r [Bossus, Matthaeus: Letter addressed to] Johannes Antonius de Sancto Georgius, Bishop of Alexandria. ‘Praefatio et epistola prima'. Incipit: ‘[G]entiles christianique philosophi ac scriptores . . .’ See Soranzo, Bosso, 100 and 255 (letter I). Dated Verona, 1 May 1498.

A4r [Table of contents.] ‘Epistolarum numerus causaequae(!) scribendi'.

A10v [Bossus, Matthaeus]: ‘Argumentum'. [Note by the author on the publication of further letters.]

b1r Bossus, Matthaeus: Epistolae familiares. [Part II.] Incipit: ‘[P]rudenter ne equidem satis operoseue effecerim . . .’ 231 letters. See Soranzo, Bosso, 101 and 255-92 (letters II–CCXXXII).

x6v Bossus, Matthaeus: Epistolae [secundae]. Incipit: ‘[C]um istic agerem, Philippe . . .’ Four letters. See Soranzo, Bosso, 101-2 and 223-4 (letters I, II, XLIII (or XLVI?) and XLIX).

z6r [Colophon.]

z6v ‘Registrum'.

z7r [Errata.]


Imprint: Mantua: Vincentius Bertochus, 9 Nov. 1498. Folio.

Remarks: On this edition see Soranzo, Bosso, 99-102 (gives ‘9 Sept. 1498' as the date of the imprint).


Collation: A10 b–i K l–y6 z8.


ISTC: ib01042000

GW: GW 4956 (+ var.);

Hain: HC (+ Addenda) *3671;

Goff: Goff B‑1042;

BMC: BMC VII 934, XII 67;

Proctor: Pr 6911;

Others: BSB‑Ink B‑761; CIBN B‑730; Hillard 473; Oates 2592; Sack, Freiburg, 790; Sheppard 5638-9.

LCN: 13913896, 13913938


Copy number: B-489(1)

Wanting the blank leaf z8.

Gathering b set up as in BMC VII 934 (IB.30686).

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century gold-tooled russia; border of vine leaves and grapes; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 300 × 203 × 26 mm.

Size of leaf: 292 × 190 mm.

Provenance: Milan, Regia Biblioteca Braidense; on A2r stamp ‘Reg. Biblioth. Braidensis' with monogram RBB; see Girolamo Tiraboschi, Vetera Humiliatorum monumenta (Milan, 1766-8), III 40 and 51, and Enciclopedia italiana VII 806 [ex informatione Pierangelo Bellettini, 29 Aug. 1994]. Luigi Celotti (c.1768-c.1846); sale (1819), lot 220; probably acquired there by Heber; note on front endleaf ‘Apr. 1819 Sale by Sotheby 15.6'. Richard Heber (1773-1833); stamp on front endleaf ‘Bibliotheca Heberiana'; see Catalogue, 2 (1834), lot 745. Purchased for £0. 8. 0; see Books Purchased (1834), 4.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 3.36.

Copy number: B-489(2)

Wanting the blank leaf z8.

Gathering b set up as in BMC VII 934 (IB.30687).

Binding: Parchment.

Size: 303 × 210 × 25 mm.

Size of leaf: 296 × 205 mm.

Provenance: Purchased for £0. 2. 6; see Books Purchased (1848), 7.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 4.27.

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