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Bod-Inc: C-120

Catharina Senensis

Epistole (CCCLXVIII; ed. Bartholommeo de Alzano) [Italian].


Analysis of Content

*1r [Note on the editor and privilege.] Incipit: ‘Sappia ciascuno nele cui mano uerranno queste epistole . . .’

*1v Manutius Romanus, Aldus Pius: [Letter to] Franciscus Todeschini Piccolomini. Aldo Manuzio editore I 31-2; see M. H. Laurent, ‘Alde Manuzio l'Ancien, éditeur de S. Cathérine de Sienne', Traditio, 6 (1948), 357-63.

*2r [Maconi], Stephanus: ‘Epistola' [addressed to] Thomas Antonii de Senis (Tommaso di Antonio da Siena detto Caffarini) OP. Incipit: ‘[F]rate Stephano da Siena priore . . . Ho receputo la uestra lettera con desiderio . . .’ Dated 26 Oct. 1411. See Augusta Theodosia Drane, The History of St Catherine of Siena and Her Companions, 2 vols (4th edn, London, 1915), I 338-44, and Alfonso Capecelatro, Storia di S. Caterina da Siena e del papato del suo tempo (Florence, 1858), 441.

*8r ‘Inventario de le epistole del presente volume'.

*10v [Woodcut.]

a1r Catharina Senensis: Epistole [CCCLXVIII]. Edited by Bartholommeo de Alzano. Catharina Senensis, Le Lettere, ed. Misciatelli and Tommaseo; Catharina Senensis, Epistolario, ed. Theseider, vol. 1, and esp. at pp. lxv-lxx; Catharina Senensis, Epistolario, ed. Misciatelli. 353 letters; see Letters of St Catherine, trans. Noffke, vol. 1, 15-17.

CC8r Catharina Senensis: Orazioni [scelte]. Catharina Senensis, Le Orazioni, ed. Giuliana Cavallini, Testi Cateriniani, 4 (Rome, 1978).

FF6v Nastagio [Guido] Da Monte Alcino: [Laude di S. Caterina.] ‘Poema'.’ Incipit: ‘[O] inuentiua mia pigra, che fai'. Capecelatro 465-9, with variant incipit.

FF7v [Pius II]: ‘Memoria quotidiana beatae Catharinae virginis Senensis'. Incipit: ‘In primis uesperis antiphona. Ad sedes regni faciat transire superni . . .’

FF8r [Colophon.]


Imprint: Venice: Aldus Manutius, Romanus, ‘15' [i.e., not before 19] Sept. 1500. Folio.

Remarks: Letter dated 19 Sept. 1500. The colophon reads ‘a di xv. Septembrio'.


Collation: *10 a–y A–G8 H10 I–N8 O10 P–Z AA–FF8.

Illustrations: One woodcut; woodcut initials; see H. D. Saffrey, ‘Les images populaires de saints dominicains à Venise au XVe siècle et l'édition par Alde Manuce des “Epistole” de sainte Catherine de Sienne', Italia medioevale e umanistica, 25 (1982), 241-312.


ISTC: ic00281000

GW: GW 6222;

Hain: HCR 4688;

Goff: Goff C‑281;

BMC: BMC V 562;

Proctor: Pr 5575;

Others: Essling 1230; Hillard 595; IGI 2587; Rhodes 524; Sander 1821; Scapecchi, ‘Annali', 37; Sheppard 4669-70.

LCN: 14837296


Copy number: C-120(1)

Wanting leaf FF8 (with the colophon), supplied in a more recent impression.

Leaf C2 is inserted from a different copy.

Binding: Eighteenth-century half morocco; the spine gold-tooled.

Size: 310 × 215 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 198 mm.

On C2r an early marginal note in Italian.

Provenance: George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); sale (1821), lot 395; purchased in 1821 £1. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1821), 4, and the annotated sale catalogue.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2R 2.11.

Copy number: C-120(2)

Leaf FF8 backed.

Binding: Nineteenth-century gold-tooled blue morocco; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 291 × 210 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 280 × 191 mm.

Occasional early marginal notes.

Provenance: Alessandro, Count Mortara (†1855). Purchased in 1852.

SHELFMARK: Mortara 1244.

Copy number: C-120(3)

Not in Sheppard.

Binding: Parchment.

Size: 322 × 220 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 312 × 215 mm.

Provenance: Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate on front pastedown; accession no. ‘R 394'; purchased in 1946 from Davis & Orioli for £30. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 19.8.

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