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Bod-Inc: D-039

Decor Puellarum

Decor puellarum [Italian] Honore de le donzelle.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Decor puellarum [Italian]. ‘Honore de le donzelle, la quale da regola, forma e modo al stato de le honeste donzelle'. Incipit: ‘[D]ilectissime fiole in Christo Jesu, mosso da li accesi [et] calidi desiderii vostri . . .’ See Martin Lowry, ‘Humanism and Anti-Semitism in Renaissance Venice: the Strange Case of “Decor Puellarum”  ’, Bibliofilia, 87 (1986), 39-54.


Imprint: [Venice]: Nicolaus Jenson, ‘1461' [i.e. 1471]. 4°.

Remarks: For discussions about the date 1461 printed in the colophon see Martin Lowry, ‘Diplomacy and the Spread of Printing', in Bibliography and the Study of 15th-Century Civilisation, ed. Lotte Hellinga and John Goldfinch (London, 1987), 125-37, esp. note 20.


Collation: [a b10 c8 d–f10 g h8 i–l10 m n8].


ISTC: id00123000

GW: GW 8227;

Hain: H 6069;

Goff: Goff D‑123;

BMC: BMC V 168;

Proctor: Pr 4078;

Others: Lowry, Jenson, 240 no. 9; Oates 1629; Sheppard 3241.

LCN: 14817209


Copy number: D-039(1)

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [n8].

Binding: Eighteenth-century English red morocco; marbled pastedowns; stamped with the arms of George John, 2nd Earl Spencer, impaling Bingham quartered with Turberville, motto: ‘Dieu defend le droit'.

Size: 195 × 143 × 27 mm.

Size of leaf: 186 × 130 mm.

On [a2r] a five-line initial is supplied in blue with pen-flourishing in red. Other epigraphic initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); cancelled accession number ‘3184'; sale (1821), lot 97; with a note on the correct date and the effect of this on the price; in the annotated sale catalogue marked down to Payne for £6. 0. 0. Dimitrij Petrovich, Count Boutourlin (1763-1829); armorial book-plate; shelfmark no. 1, see Catalogue (1831); sale: Catalogue (1839), lot 330. Purchased for £25; see Books Purchased (1840), 10.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 6.46.

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