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Bod-Inc: L-114

Livius, Titus

Historiae Romanae decades (ed. Johannes Andreas de Bussis).


Analysis of Content

[a2r] [Bussis, Johannes Andreas de: Letter addressed to Paulus II, Pont. Max.] Bussi 29-34.

[a4r] Florus: [Periochae.] Livius, Periochae, ed. Otto Rossbach (Leipzig, 1910), 1-121.

[c1v] ‘Capita operum.’

[c2r] Livius, Titus: Historiae Romanae decades. ‘Ab urbe condita.’ [Edited by Johannes Andreas de Bussis.] Liv. 1-10, 21-32, 34-40. 37. 3. Liv. 33 is not included in this edition: see A. H. McDonald, ‘Livius, Titus', CTC II 331-48, at 335; on the manuscript used for this edition see Ford, ‘Author's Autographs', no. 3.

[ll12r] [Verse colophon.] Incipit: ‘Aspicis, illustris lector quicunque, libellos | Si cupis artificum nomina nosse lege'; 4 elegiac distichs.


Imprint: Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [c.1469]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated by BSB‑Ink and CIBN; Sheppard dates [1469].


Collation: Part I: [a10 b12 c–o10 p–r8]; part II: [A–N10 O8]; part III: [aa–cc10 dd ee8 ff–kk10 ll12].


ISTC: il00236000

Hain: HC *10128;

Goff: Goff L‑236;


Proctor: Pr 3302;

Others: BSB‑Ink L‑187; CIBN L‑176; Sheppard 2615. Microfiche: Unit 9: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part III.

LCN: 14503695


Copy number: L-114(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [a1].

The margins have been made good in the first gathering; the repair is mentioned in the Treuttell and Würtz sale (1817), lot 812. Leaf [ll12] backed.

Binding: Eighteenth-century Dutch gold-tooled red morocco; marbled pastedowns, gilt-edged leaves; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on the upper cover, covering the middle of the ornamental centrepiece. Scar of an index tab on [ii10].

Size: 417 × 298 × 83 mm.

Size of leaf: 401 × 276 mm.

Early marginal notes, including comments on the text, and ‘nota' marks; some corrections made to the text in black ink.

In gathering [a] two initials, a three-line ‘F' on [a2r] and a three-line initial ‘A' on [a4r], are supplied in gold, on a blue and maroon ground decorated with white filigree, all within a black border, and with extensions into the margin in black ink and gold; other two-line epigraphic initials are supplied in alternate red and blue, and paragraph marks are supplied in red. Elsewhere, on [f3v] a seven-line initial ‘A', on [i6v] a seven-line initial ‘P', and on [l1r] a seven-line initial ‘Q', all roman initials, are supplied in gold and surrounded by vine-stems, defined in maroon, green, and blue, and with extensions into the margins, culminating in gold dots: see Pächt and Alexander II, 106 no. pr. 6; some two- to seven-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red; a few other initials ([d7v], [h2r], [m3r], [n5r], [o6v]) drawn in brown ink; rubric titles and book numbers are supplied in red or black ink; capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: Mathias Röver (1719-1803); sale (Leiden: Haak, 2 June 1806), I p. 54, lot 237. Treuttell and Würtz; sale (1817), lot 812. Purchased for £14. 14. 0: see annotated sale catalogue, Books Purchased (1817), 6, and ‘Catalogus Bibliothecae Novae', fol. 49r.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 1.18.

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