Cicero, Marcus Tullius
De finibus bonorum et malorum.
Analysis of Content
[a1r] [Merula] Alexandrinus, Georgius: [Letter addressed to] Ludovicus Fuscarenus. Incipit: ‘Hesiodus colendi agri reique familiaris tuende fratri . . .’ Explicit: diuini humanique iuris decus egregium’
[b2r] Cicero, Marcus Tullius: De finibus bonorum et malorum. Cic. Fin.
Imprint: Venice: [Vindelinus de Spira, for] Johannes de Colonia, [not after 9 Nov.] 1471. 4°.
Collation: [a2 b–e8 f6 g8 h6+1 i–m8 n6].
GW: GW 6885;
Hain: HCR 5328;
Goff: Goff C‑565;
BMC: BMC V 157;
Proctor: Pr 4036;
Others: Oates 1610; Sheppard 3201.
Copy number: C-289(1)
Wanting the blank leaves [b1], [f6], [n5-6].
Leaf [h7] is cancelled, the text of [h6v] and [h8r] being continuous, as GW, not as the collation in BMC.
Binding: Eighteenth-century English gold-tooled diced russia; marbled pastedowns; gilt-edged leaves; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.
Size: 293 × 210 × 25 mm.
Size of leaf: 285 × 192 mm.
Occasional early marginal annotations and underlining in the text.
On [b2r] a seven-line initial is supplied in faded red(?) on a faded green(?) ground, with reserved white foliate decoration, all within a border of four red rules, and with faded pen-work extensions into the inner margin; initials are supplied in red or white, on a red or brown ground, with reserved white foliate decoration. In the lower margin of [b2r] a coat of arms of Reuss von Reussenstein, within a green wreath: gules, a bear rampant argent. On [a1-2] and [b1] text enclosed within red rules.
Provenance: Reuss von Reussenstein; coat of arms (see above): see Siebmacher, Bd. 6, Abt. 2, Abgestorbene Schwäbische Adels-Geschlechter, 14, pl. 6. Perhaps Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); see Morelli (1787), I no. 1430; sale (1789), lot 6341, for £6. 15. 0; no purchaser is named in the annotated sale catalogue. Purchased for £8. 18. 6; see Books Purchased (1789), 5.
SHELFMARK: Auct. L 3.3.
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