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Bod-Inc: N-109

Niger, Franciscus

Modus epistolandi.


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A1v [List of types of letter.]

A2r Niger, [Pescennius] Franciscus: [Letter addressed to] Jacobus Geroldus. Incipit: ‘[N]uma Pompilius qui post Romulum secundus Romani regni . . .’ Explicit: sumatur exordium

A2v Niger, [Pescennius] Franciscus: Modus epistolandi [addressed to] Jacobus Geroldus. Incipit: ‘[S]cribendarum epistolarum initium licet multi uariis causis . . .’ Explicit: libentissime exequi. Vale

D7v Niger, [Pescennius] Franciscus: ‘Peroratio' [addressed to] Jacobus Geroldus. Incipit: ‘Iam annuente deo, magnifice Jacobe, ad peroptatum finem . . .’

D8r Jacobus Geroldus: [Letter addressed to] Franciscus Niger. Incipit: ‘Excogitabam mecum ipse diebus istis, Francisce charissime . . .’

D8r [Colophon.]


Imprint: Venice: Matteo Capcasa (di Codeca), 3 Aug. 1492. 4°.


Collation: A–D8.

Types: Types: 82 R, recast in 1492 as 79 R, the form in which it appears here; see BMC V p. 482.

Leaves: 32 leaves.

Line number: 40 lines (A2v).

Type area: Type area: 160 ×118 mm (A2v).

Illustrations: On A2r a four-sided woodcut border: above is a portrait of the author within the tympanum, flanked on each side by a mermaid and a vase with floral decoration; in the inner and outer margins is a putto standing in front of a column and holding a torch, with a shield behind him; below is a circlet containing a shield flanked on each side by a stylized dolphin and a putto riding a griffin, facing a stylized lion's head. BMC V p. 483, woodcut border (4), notes the appearance of this border in this edition, but identifies it as being the same as woodcut border (B) of Bernardinus Rizus (BMC V p. 400), which it is not. Woodcut capitals: see BMC V p. 483.

Remarks: Leaf A1r, title: ‘FRANCISCVS NIGER DE | MODO EPISTOLANDI'; A1v: ‘Opuſculum epiſtolarum familiarium & artis earundem ſcribendi: maxime in | generibus uiginti . . .'; A2r: ‘Opuſculum ſcribendi Epiſtolas Franciſci Nigri incipit | foeliciter. | Franciſcus . . . | . . . uirtutis culto | ri Foelicitatem. | [N]Vma Pōpilius: qui poſt Romulū ſecū | dus: Romaī regni . . .'; D8r, colophon: ‘Opuſculuɯ hoc de ſcribendi epiſtolas ratione qd̄diligentiſſime emendatū: Arte | & impenſis Mathei Capcaſæ Parmenſis: Impreſſum est. | Anno dominicæ incarnationis. M.cccc.lxxxxii.Tertio nouas Augusti. | Venetiis.’


ISTC: in00237000

Hain: HC *11867;

Goff: Goff N‑237;

Proctor: not in Pr;

Others: Essling 671; Sander 4978; not in Sheppard.

LCN: 14537984


Copy number: N-109(1)

Binding: Twentieth-century parchment, bound for Ehrman at the cost of £4. 4. 0; see Ehrman's ledger.

Size: 211 × 159 × 11 mm.

Size of leaf: 204 × 151 mm.

A few early annotations in gathering A, including ‘nota' marks and corrections to the text.

The woodcut border on A2r is coloured in grey and blue, the woodcut initial ‘N' on the same page in red, brown, and blue.

Provenance: Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate; purchased in 1960 from Menno Hertzberger(?) for £50; accession number: ‘R1723'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 109.1.

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