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Bod-Inc: C-498

Curtius Rufus, Quintus

Historiae Alexandri Magni.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a1v Merula, Bartholomaeus: [Letter to] Franciscus Georgius Cornelius. Incipit: ‘[Q]uum in amoenissimis hortis tuis deambularemus . . .’ Dated Venice, 5 July 1494.

a2r Curtius Rufus, Quintus: Historiae Alexandri Magni. See C‑493.


Imprint: Venice: Johannes Tacuinus, de Tridino, 2 Dec. 1496. Folio.


Collation: a8 b–l6.

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.


ISTC: ic01003000

GW: GW 7876;

Hain: HCR 5886;

Goff: Goff C‑1003;

BMC: BMC V 531;

Proctor: Pr 5443;

Others: Rhodes 645; Sack, Freiburg, 1200; Sheppard 4535-6.

LCN: 12251548


Copy number: C-498(1)

Bound with:
2. Scriptores rei militaris, sive Scriptores veteres de re militari. Bologna: Franciscus Plato de Benedictis, 1495-6 (S‑121(1)).

Binding: Eighteenth-century calf; the spine gold-tooled; on both covers, ornamental border tooled in black and gold; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Sprinkled red-edged leaves, marbled pastedowns, and green silk bookmark.

Size: 303 × 210 × 35 mm.

Size of leaf: 291 × 197 mm.

‘B.2.11' in brown ink in the upper left-hand corner of the verso of the front endleaf.

Provenance: Sir John Anstruther (1678-1753), 1st Bt; armorial book-plate; see Howe, Book Plates, 615. Purchased for £1. 1. 0; see Books Purchased (1816), 2.

SHELFMARK: Auct. N 4.21(1).

Copy number: C-498(2)

Binding: Nineteenth-century calf; ornamental border tooled in black; bound for the Bodleian Library; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers.

Size: 320 × 225 × 16 mm.

Size of leaf: 310 × 205 mm.

Occasional early marginal notes.

Provenance: Purchased for £1. 1. 0; see Books Purchased (1846), 10.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 4.15.

Copy number: C-498(3)

Not in Sheppard.

Bound with:
1: Gaius Julius Caesar, Comentaria. Venice: Agostino de Zanni, 17 Aug. 1511;
2: Strabo, De situ orbis. Venice: Philippus Pincius, 13 July 1510;
4. Paulus Orosius, Historiae adversus paganos. Venice: Bernardinus Venetus, de Vitalibus, 12 Oct. 1500 (O‑031(2)).

Binding: Sixteenth-century English (Oxford) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards; two clasps and catches; rebacked. On both covers intersecting fillets form the outer border. Further intersecting fillets form a frame, within which is a floral and foliate roll (roll I in Ker, Pastedowns, pl. I, and Pearson, Oxford Bookbinding, 113). Fillets form the inner rectangle which is divided by further fillets into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments, decorated with fleurons (Ker, Pastedowns, pl. XI, and Pearson, Oxford Bookbinding, 94, small ornaments nos 5 and 9-10). Oxford binding style ‘A1': see Pearson, Oxford Bookbinding, 6. The names of the authors are written across the head of the fore-edge in black ink in a sixteenth-century hand, also the number ‘427'.

Size: 323 × 221 × 75 mm.

Size of leaf: 312 × 210 mm.

Rear pastedown is a leaf from a thirteenth-century manuscript, on parchment, of Codex Justiniani (II.11-12); see Pearson, Oxford Bookbinding, 156, no. ¶87.1. There are also front and rear endleaves from John Mirk, Liber festivalis. [Oxford: Theodoricus Rood], 19 Mar. 1486/7 (M‑233(3)).

Occasional pointing hands, ‘nota' marks, and underlining in the text in black ink.

Provenance: Robert Russell (c.1550-1626); inscription on a1r of item 1: ‘Robert9 Russell ædis Christi Oxon.' William Bogan (1619/20-1681); inscription on a1r of item 1: ‘Guiliel9 Bogan Coll. Cor: Cri: Oxon:'. Purchased on 17 Mar. 1995 from B.H. Blackwell, Ltd, for £3000, through Friends of the Bodleian; see ledger (1994/5), no. 574; book-plate.

SHELFMARK: Vet. F1 c.115(3).

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