Historiae Romanae decades.
Analysis of Content
[a3r] Florus: [Periochae.] See L‑114.
[b12v] ‘Capita operum.’
[c1r] Livius, Titus: Historiae Romanae decades. ‘Ab urbe condita.’ Liv. 1-10, 21-32, 34-40. 37. 3. Liv. 33 not included in this edition.
[B12r] [Verse colophon.] Incipit: ‘Aspicis, illustris lector quicunque, libellos | Si cupis artificum nomina nosse lege'; 3 elegiac distichs.
Imprint: Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, 16 July 1472. Folio.
Collation: [a10 b12 c d10 e8 f–o10 p–r8 2a–n10 o8 p–r10 s t8 v–z A10 B12].
Hain: HC *10131;
Goff: Goff L‑239;
BMC: BMC IV 15;
Proctor: Pr 3326;
Others: BSB‑Ink L‑189; CIBN L‑179; Oates 1366; Rhodes 1097; Sheppard 2639.
Copy number: L-117(1)
Wanting the blank leaves [a1-2].
Bound in one volume.
Binding: Seventeenth-century French green morocco, rebacked with gold-tooled calf at an early date; both covers are stamped with the arms of Louis II de Bourbon-Condé (Olivier pl. 2624, no. 6; the stamp is without a fillet, as in Olivier's note); the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library is on both covers.
Size: 410 × 290 × 103 mm.
Size of leaf: 400 × 278 mm.
Occasional early catchwords in the lower margin.
In the first two gatherings, two- and three-line initials are supplied in red and blue, the red initials often having purple pen-work decoration and extensions into the margins, and the blue ones red; paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. On [c1r] a seven-line French initial ‘F' is supplied in gold on a blue and maroon ground decorated with white tracery, with a three-quarter French border decorated with flowers (in some instances identifiable as poppies) or strawberries in red and green, and other flowers and foliage in blue, green, gold, and red, and decorative pen-strokes. For books with similar decoration see B‑530, with the references given there. Other four- and seven-line initials are supplied in red, with black pen-work decoration and extensions into the margins, or interlocked blue and gold, with red and black pen-work decoration and extensions into the margins; paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.
Provenance: Louis II de Bourbon (1621-1686), Prince de Condé, ‘Le Grand Condé'; arms on cover (see above). Treuttell and Würtz; sale (1817), lot 813; Heber's note on the recto of the front endleaf: ‘June 1817 [Treuttell & Wurtz] Sale by Sotheby £17. 17. 0'. Richard Heber (1773-1833); see Catalogue, 6 (1835), lot 2381. Purchased for £12. 15. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 18.
SHELFMARK: Auct. P 1.7.
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