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Bod-Inc: M-196


Histoire de la vie, miracles, enchentements et prophecies de Merlin [Italian] La storia di Merlino.


Analysis of Content

AA1r [Title-page.]

AA2r ‘Tabula'.

A1r La storia di Merlino. See M‑195.

Q10r [Colophon.] See M‑195.

Q10r [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Noua materia & nouo autor uedrai | Spirto gentil che le future cose'; 17 lines of verse.

Q10r [Register.]


Imprint: Florence: [n. pr.], 15 Mar. 1495. 4°.

Remarks: In three volumes: (I) Le premier volume de Merlin; (II) Le second volume de Merlin; (III) Les propheties de Merlin.


Collation: AA BB6 A–P8 Q10.

Types: Types: 156 G, title; 81 R.

Leaves: 142 leaves, 13-142 numbered I‑CXXX.

Line number: 42 lines and head-line (A1r).

Type area: Type area: 169 (174) ×116 mm.

Illustrations: Initials and woodcuts.

Remarks: Leaf AA1r: ‘[border] La vita de. Merlino et de le ſue pro- | phetie hiſtoriade che lui fece le quale | tractano de le coſe che hano auenire.' [Woodcut, ‘sepultura de Merlino']'; AA2r: ‘(table) | ¶ Incomincia el primo libro . . .'; A1r: ‘(text) ¶ Incomīcia el primo libro de la hiſtoria de Merlino . . .'; Q10r, colophon: ‘Tracta e queſta opera del Libro autentico del magnifico meſſer Pietro | Delphino fu del magnifco(!) meſſer Zorzi tranſlatato de lingua franceſſe | in līgua italica ſcripto nel anno del ſignore. M.ccc.lxxix.adi.xx. nouem | bre & ſtampado in Florentia del .M.cccc.lxxxxv.adi.xv. de Marzo. || (Sonnet) Noua materia & nouo autor uedrai. | . . . (col. 2, l. 6) Con ſua uirtu ala uita immortale || (register) AA ABC . . . | . . .& q quinterno.'; Q10v blank.


ISTC: im00498700

Hain: H 11088;

Proctor: Pr 5700;

Others: H. Eigen, Die Überlieferung der ‘Letteratura cavalleresca'. Ihre Stellung auf dem italienischen Buchmarkt des 15. Jahrhunderts, Buchwissenschaftliche Beiträge aus dem Deutschen Bucharchiv München, 18 (Wiesbaden, 1987), no. 69 (var.); Essling 829; Sander 4500; Sheppard 4759-60.

LCN: 14455568


Copy number: M-196(1)

The register omits gathering BB, and assigns eight leaves to AA and four to A. The table, AA2 –BB6, is bound at the end.

Binding: Nineteenth-century English green morocco with gold-tooled red doublures and gilt-edged leaves; ‘bound by G. Smith'.

Size: 204 × 152 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 197 × 137 mm.

A few scribbles in Italian in an early hand on A1r.

Provenance: Edward Vernon Utterson (1776-1856); his arms are impressed in gold on parchment pasted on the front doublure. Purchased for £5. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1852), 61.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 6.30.

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