Brunus Aretinus, Leonardus
De bello Italico adversus Gothos gesto.
Analysis of Content
[a1r] Brunus Aretinus, Leonardus: De bello Italico adversus Gothos gesto. Dedicated to Julianus de Cesarinis, Cardinal deacon of S. Angelus. See B‑567.
Imprint: [Venice]: Nicolaus Jenson, before July 1471. 4°.
Remarks: The format is described as folio in GW, but Paul Needham, Schøyen Sale Catalogue (New York: Sotheby, 12 Dec. 1991), lot no. 16 records it as a large quarto in half-sheets. The book was for sale in Germany by 6 July 1471; see Mariarosa Cortesi, ‘Incunaboli veneziani in Germania nel 1471', in Vestigia. Studi in onore di Giuseppe Billanovich, ed. R. Avesani and others, 2 vols, Storia e Letteratura, 162-3 (Rome, 1984), I 197-219.
Collation: [a12 b–e10 f12].
GW: GW 5601;
Hain: H *1559;
Goff: Goff B‑1235;
BMC: BMC V 170;
Proctor: Pr 4080;
Others: BSB‑Ink B‑938; CIBN B‑873; Hillard 508; Rhodes 450; Sheppard 3248.
Copy number: B-568(1)
Binding: Eighteenth-century mottled calf; gilt fillets on spine; marbled pastedowns.
Size: 283 × 210 × 20 mm.
Size of leaf: 279 × 196 mm.
Early marginal notes in a humanist hand washed out.
On [a1r] contemporary Venetian quarter border in the inner margin: white vine-stems on a blue, red, and green ground with dotting in white, incorporating a six-line epigraphical initial supplied in gold. Principal initials are supplied in gold on a blue, red, and green ground with dotting in white and white vine-branch decoration; lower margin, presumably formerly with a coat of arms, cut off and replaced with later paper. See Pächt and Alexander II, 110 no. pr. 62.
Provenance: On front endleaf inscription: ‘This copy sold at a sale for 3.7.-'. Probably acquired after 1738: not in Fysher, Catalogus.
Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. N extra 1.14.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 4.26.
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