Analysis of Content
AA1v ‘Priuilegium Hieronymi Blondi'. Marsilio Ficino, Lettere, ed. Sebastiano Gentile, I (Florence, 1990), pp. ccvi–ccvii, note 79; privilege granted 23 June 1494.
AA2r ‘Tabula libri primi'.
AA6v Ficinus, Marsilius: ‘Prohoemium in epistolas'. ed. Gentile, I 3; see Kristeller, Supplementum Ficinianum, I, p. lxvii, no. k 1.
a1r Ficinus, Marsilius: Epistolae. ed. Gentile, I 5-240; other volumes forthcoming. For the order of the letters, see ed. Gentile, I, pp. clxx–clxxii; see also Ficino e il ritorno di Platone: Mostra di manoscritti, stampe e documenti: Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana 17 maggio – 16 giugno 1984 (Florence, 1984), no. 112; Pico, Poliziano e l'Umanesimo: Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana 4 novembre – 31 dicembre, ed. Paolo Viti (Florence, 1994), no. 50.
Imprint: Venice: Matteo Capcasa (di Codeca), for Hieronymus Blondus, 11 Mar. 1495. Folio.
Collation: AA6 a–r8 s4 t–z &8 [con]10.
Illustrations: Woodcut borders on AA1v, AA6v, and a1r.
GW: GW 9873;
Hain: HC *7059;
Goff: Goff F‑154;
BMC: BMC V 486;
Proctor: Pr 5001;
Others: BSB‑Ink F‑119; Essling 805; Hillard 809; Oates 1946; Rhodes 774; Sack, Freiburg, 1443; Sander 2706; Sheppard 4366-8.
LCN: 14387849, 14387929
Copy number: F-042(1)
Binding: Eighteenth-century English (London, 1790s?, probably Christian Kalthoeber or Heinrich Walther); red morocco, gold fillets, gold-tooled spine and turn-ins, and gilt-edged leaves, stamped with the arms of the 2nd Earl Spencer and his motto; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.
Size: 330 × 228 × 39 mm.
Size of leaf: 318 × 207 mm.
Letter numbers are supplied in manuscript.
The shield in the woodcut border on AA1v contains a spread of flowers and the initials ‘MIM' in black ink; the shield in the woodcut border on AA6v contains two hooks in saltire between three roses, in base ‘SO'; similar to two arms in Siebmacher V/5 pl. 19: ‘Frickh' and ‘Fricko'. Some three-line initials are supplied in red; paragraph marks are supplied in red or, infrequently, blue; underlining and capital strokes in red.
Provenance: Book-plate removed from pastedown. George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); no cancelled accession number; not found in sale (1821). Sir Mark Masterman Sykes (1771-1823); sale (1824), lot 132; purchased for £6. 0. 0, through Payne: see Books Purchased (1824), 6.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 2.25.
Copy number: F-042(2)
Binding: Nineteenth-century English half calf over marbled paper boards; bound for the Bodleian Library.
Size: 320 × 220 × 35 mm.
Size of leaf: 308 × 198 mm.
Early marginal notes, summarizing the text and in a few cases expanding it, mainly relating it to moral philosophy.
Shields in both woodcut borders contain ten roundels.
Provenance: Antonio Francesco Gori (1691-1757); faint inscription on AA1r: ‘Antonii Francisci Gori librorum'. On [con10r], ‘Pretium operis £20'. Purchased from Parker, Catalogue (1832), no. 568, for £0. 12. 0: see Books Purchased (1832), 9, and Library Bills (1829-32), no. 449.
SHELFMARK: Douce adds. 123.
Copy number: F-042(3)
This copy has the title and printer's device printed in red.
Binding: Nineteenth-century(?) paper boards.
Size: 323 × 230 × 23 mm.
Size of leaf: 309 × 210 mm.
Early marginal notes, some in red ink, highlighting key passages, adding classical references, and structuring the text; pointing hands and underlining in the text.
Woodcut borders on AA1v, AA6v, and a1r are coloured in red, blue, green, and yellow.
Provenance: Franz Carl Grieshaber (1798-1866); inscription on AA1r: ‘Fr. Car. Grieshaber, Gymn. Frib. Prof. 1823'. Howel Wills (1854-1901); Bywater's note on slip from sale catalogue, attached to front pastedown; sale, 1894, lot 848, purchased by Quaritch for £1. 0. 0. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); Elenchus, no. 1301. Bequeathed in 1914.
SHELFMARK: Byw. C 3.10.
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