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Bod-Inc: L-127

Livius, Titus

Historiae Romanae decades [Italian].


Analysis of Content

Part I:

[a2r] ‘Tavola delle rubriche.’

[a8v] Bonaccorsi, Luca Di Giovanni: [Letter addressed to] Bernardo di Niccolò Cambini. Incipit: ‘[L]e singulari tue uirtu, Bernardo carissimo, et immeriti in me inextimabili . . .’

[b1r] [Livius, Titus: Historiae Romanae decades [Italian]. Translated from a French version by Boccaccio.] Incipit: ‘[I]o non so altutto bene certamente se faro alcuna utilitade scriuendo le historie . . .’ Follows Liv. 1-10. On the Italian translations see M. T. Casella, ‘Nuovi appunti intorno al Boccaccio traduttore di Livio', Italia medioevale e umanistica, 4 (1961), 77-191; R. Crespo, ‘Volgarizzamenti', Dizionario critico della letteratura italiana, vol. 3 (Turin, 1974), 653-6; E. Lippi, ‘Per l'edizione critica del volgarizzamento liviano', Studi sul Boccaccio, 11 (1979), 25-79, at 39-40.

Part II:

[A2v] [First colophon addressed to the reader.]

[A3r] ‘Tavola delle rubriche.’

[B1r] Livius, Titus: Historiae Romanae decades [Italian. Translated by Boccaccio.] Incipit: ‘[I]n questa parte della mia opera elicito a me di parlare . . .’ Follows Liv. 21-30.

[S5r] [Second colophon.]


Imprint: Rome: Apud Sanctum Marcum (Vitus Puecher), 1476. Folio.

Remarks: In three parts, dated: (I) undated; (II) 20 July 1476; (III) 30 May 1476.


Collation: Part I: [a8 b–d10 e6 f10 g8 h k10 l8 m–p10 q r8 s10 t8]; part II: [A12 B–F10 G12 H6 I14 K–N10 O8 P6 Q12 R10 S6].


ISTC: il00251000

Hain: HR 10144;

Goff: Goff L‑251;


Proctor: Pr 3539;

Others: CIBN L‑190; Sheppard 2823-4. Microfiche: Unit 2: Classics in Translation.


Copy number: L-127(1)

Part I (the first Decade) only. Variant copy: the later issue, with the dedication, printed with Lauer's type 102 R, on [a8v].

Wanting the blank leaves [a1] and [t8].

Leaf [a8] bound before [a2].

Binding: Eighteenth-century French red morocco; gold-tooled spine; gilt-edged leaves and marbled pastedowns.

Size: 370 × 262 × 48 mm.

Size of leaf: 362 × 242 mm.

Running book numbers and some running headings in black ink. Bibliographical notes in English and Italian in eighteenth-century hands on the recto of the front endleaf.

Provenance: Louis César de la Baume le Blanc, duc de La Vallière (1708-1780); catalogue 3 (1783), lot 4866, for 23 livres 19 [ ]; ‘V 4866' on the recto of the back endleaf. Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735-1792); sale, part IV lot 6261; in the annotated catalogue marked down to P. den Hengst for Fl.6. 10 with lot 6260. Augustus Henry Fitzroy (1735-1811), 3rd Duke of Grafton; inscription on [a2v]: ‘D. of Grafton 1797'; sale (London: Evans, 6 June 1815), lot 793. Purchased for £100 from Martinus Nijhoff in 1901; catalogue 304, no. 996; see Annual Report of the Curators of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University Gazette, 13 May 1902, 506; also Library Bills, 15 May 1901.

SHELFMARK: Inc. c. I2.1476.1.

Copy number: L-127(2)

Part II (the third Decade) only.

Wanting the blank leaves [A1r] and [S6].

Binding: Contemporary Florentine (c.1476) blind-tooled black sheep(?) over wooden boards with a slight outward bevel; two(?) clasps (hinging on the upper cover), and scalloped catches (cf. Inc. c. I4. 1490.2), now lost. Six multi-line frames. Border of vases of flowers (type 10 of the note to Broxb. 110.16) between the fifth and sixth, narrow at the sides, but wide at the head and foot. Knotwork ornament inside a quadrilobe inside a circle at the centre. Corners of the fourth frame angled. Pale green edges. Headbands lost. Sewn on four thongs. Rebacked and corners repaired in the seventeenth century with furniture leather. Pastedown and one free endleaf at each end (seventeenth-century?).

Size: 381 × 273 × 52 mm.

Size of leaf: 367 × 262 mm.

On [A1r] a seven-line Florentine initial ‘I' is supplied in gold surrounded by white vine-stems defined in pink, blue, and green, with extensions into the margins, decorated with gold dots; an empty shield inside a wreath, with similar ornament, at the foot of the same page; see Pächt and Alexander II, 108 no. pr. 45. Other principal five- and six-line initials at the beginning of each book, are supplied in gold on a ground of blue and pink, blue and green, or blue, pink, and green, in each case decorated with white and black tracery; other two- and three-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in blue.

Provenance: Hans P. Kraus, Catalogue 111, no. 19. Purchased in 1965 from the funds of Bodley's American Friends, from Kraus; Bodleian stamp on [A2v], dated 30 June 1965.

SHELFMARK: Inc. c. I2.1476.2.

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