Brunus Aretinus, Leonardus
De bello Italico adversus Gothos gesto.
Analysis of Content
[a2r] Brunus Aretinus, Leonardus: De bello Italico adversus Gothos gesto. Dedicated to Julianus de Cesarinis, Cardinal deacon of S. Angelus. Zosimus, Historiae libri VI, ed. Johann Loewenklau (Geneva, 1605), 636-700. Bruni, Schriften, 147-9 (preface only). For an abridged translation of books 5-8 of Procopius' Bella, see Bruni, Schriften, 147 and 177.
Imprint: Foligno: Johann Neumeister and Aemilianus de Orfinis, 1470. Folio and 4°.
Remarks: At least five variants of the colophon are known; see GW Anm. Sheets [a2.11] and [d1.10] are 4°.
Collation: [a12 b–f10 g12].
GW: GW 5600;
Hain: HC 1558;
Goff: Goff B‑1234;
BMC: BMC VI 599;
Proctor: Pr 5721;
Others: BSB‑Ink B‑937; CIBN B‑872; Oates 2234; Rhodes 449; Sheppard 4762.
Copy number: B-567(1)
The first variant of the colophon: see GW Anm. 1,1. Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [g12]; sheet [g6.7] is in duplicate.
Binding: Eighteenth-century (Italian?) gold-tooled citron morocco; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.
Size: 298 × 213 × 22 mm.
Size of leaf: 287 × 201 mm.
Early marginal notes in a humanist hand washed out. On front endleaf, late eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century note in Italian.
On [a2r] an Italian half-border in the inner and lower margins: white vine-branches on a blue, red, and green ground incorporating a six-line epigraphic initial supplied in gold; in a wreath in the lower margin, a coat of arms (see below). Some principal initials are supplied in gold on a blue, red, and green ground with highlighting in white, on [c1v] and [f6r] with white vine-branch decoration and extensions into the margin. See Pächt and Alexander II, 106 no. pr. 13.
Provenance: Unidentified Italian coat of arms: or, in the form of a ring an amphisbaena azure, the heads erect, gorged azure and vert. Purchased from Payne and Foss, A Catalogue of Books in Foreign Languages . . . (London, 1824), no. 2334 for £5. 5. 0; see Books Purchased (1824), 2.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 3.23.
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