Analysis of Content
[a2r] Lilius Castellanus [Tifernas]: ‘Epistola' [addressed to] Marcus Pistoriensis. Incipit: ‘[B]ene ac decenter autumasti, Marce pater, vt eos tibi libellos . . .’ Ursula Jaitner-Hahner, Humanismus in Umbrien und Rom: Lilius Tifernas, Kanzler und Gelehrter des Quattrocento, 2 vols, Saecula spiritualia, 26-27 (Baden-Baden, 1993), II 469.
[a2v] Lilius Castellanus [Tifernas]: ‘Prologus' [addressed to] Cardinal L[udovicus Trevisan]. Incipit: ‘[S]i plures dignitati tue debent, verendissime pater, ego magis debeo . . .’ Ursula Jaitner-Hahner, II 469-71; see also I 274-6 for the identification of the dedicatee.
[a5r] Lucianus [Samosatensis]: Verae historiae. ‘De veris narrationibus libello duo.’ [Translated by] Lilius Castellanus [i.e. Tifernas]. Incipit: ‘[E]gressus olim ab Herculeis columnis et in Hesperium occeanum delatus . . .’ Translation of ed. Macleod 13-14, Ἀληθω̂ν διηγημάτων Α – Β; the translator is named in the heading.
Imprint: Naples: Arnaldus de Bruxella, 6 Mar. 1475/6. 8°.
Collation: [a–e8 f10].
Hain: HC 10259;
BMC: BMC VI 858;
Proctor: Pr 6689;
Others: CIBN L‑249; Fava–Bresciano 91; Oates 2512; Sheppard 5427.
Copy number: L-176(1)
The upper margin of [a2] has been repaired, suggesting that an inscription has been torn out.
Binding: Nineteenth-century gold-tooled crushed brown morocco, with gilt-edged leaves. Apparently rebound for Heber: see the recto of the slip of paper (presumably from the old binding) attached to the recto of the front endleaf: ‘Lucianus de veris narrationibus 1475 Neap. per Arn. de Bruxella -- in the orig. boarded cover, carefully washed and sized [c. p.].’
Size: 203 × 146 × 12 mm.
Size of leaf: 199 × 138 mm.
Leaves washed and sized (see above). Punctuation marks supplied in red.
Provenance: Richard Heber (1773-1833); see Catalogue, 6 (1835), lot 2125; the Bodleian's annotated copy of the sale catalogue does not indicate how much Heber paid for this item, but it seems that it was probably purchased for £2. 7. 0, perhaps from a bookseller named Lewis, in July 1833; possibly L. A. Lewis, 125 Fleet Street; see Heber's note on the verso of the slip of paper attached to the recto of the front endleaf: ‘Qu. where & when bot. Lewis July 1833 (5 ff). 2. 7. 0'. Purchased for £2. 12. 6; see Books Purchased (1835), 19.
SHELFMARK: Auct. O inf. 1.24.
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