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Petrarca, Francesco

Epistolae familiares (ed. Sebastianus Manilius).


Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Title-page.]

[*1v] Manilius Romanus, Sebastianus: [Letter addressed to] Dominicus Bollanus. Incipit: ‘[N]uper e tua bibliotheca, ad quam liberrimus mihi semper patuit accessus . . .’

[*2v] ‘Index epistolarum'.

a1r Petrarca, Francesco: Epistolae familiares. ‘Epistolarum de rebus familiaribus'. Edited by Sebastianus Manilius, as indicated in the colophon. Petrarca, Le familiari, ed. Rossi, I‑II 3-180 books 1-8, without the last two letters, 9-10, of book 8. The text is from the Βfamily, which consists of the text at the time of the divulgation of the first eight books; see I p. xciii.

p5v [Colophon.]


Imprint: Venice: Johannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, de Forlivio, 13 Sept. 1492. 4°.


Collation: [*6] a–o8 p6.


ISTC: ip00399000

Hain: HC *12811;

Goff: Goff P‑399;

BMC: BMC V 342;

Proctor: Pr 4526;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑266; CIBN P‑152; Fiske, p. 34; Hillard 1555; Sack, Freiburg, 2741; Sheppard 3890-2.

LCN: 14496295, 14496336, 14496380


Copy number: P-163(1)

Bound with:
1. Johannes Marius Philelphus, Novum epistolarium. Venice: Johannes Tacuinus, de Tridino, 6 Oct. 1492 (P‑281);
3. Gaius Caecilius Plinius Secundus, Epistolae. [Venice: Johannes Roscius, c.1492] (P‑381(3)).

A variant, wanting the preliminary sheet. By an error of imposition in gathering f, the text of 1v has changed places with that of 7v, and 2r with 8r. Fol. 45 is numbered 34.

Binding: Contemporary Italian (probably Venetian or Paduan, c.1500) blind- and gold-tooled brown goatskin over stiff pasteboards. Four pairs of ties lost. Rebacked in Italy in the eighteenth century. Corners repaired. Triple fillets form a triple frame. Outer corners mitred. Within the middle frame a diving-dolphin tool forms a border. The inner rectangle is decorated with a lozenge-shaped tool with concave sides massed at the centre and corners. Brown-edged leaves. Sewn on three double bands. Headbands, spine, and endleaves new. For the diving-dolphins tool see A. Hobson, Humanists and Bookbinders: The Origins and Diffusion of the Humanistic Bookbinding, 1459-1559 (Cambridge, 1989), 67-8.

Size: 217 × 155 × 53 mm.

Size of leaf: 210 × 150 mm.

A few marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, in a sixteenth-century hand.

Provenance: Of two seventeenth-century(?) inscriptions on the title-page one has been too thoroughly erased to be legible; the other, less drastically scored through, reads ‘di P . . . isto Francisco'. Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); Elenchus, nos 2469, 2450, 2583a. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. R 1.15(2).

Copy number: P-163(2)

In gatherings f and h, sheets 1.8 and 2.7 are of a different setting. Last word on f1r: ‘Fortunatā'. Fol. 45 numbered 34. Wanting gathering [*].

Binding: Nineteenth-century half green morocco over marbled pasteboards; yellow-edged leaves.

Size: 222 × 155 × 17 mm.

Size of leaf: 216 × 143 mm.

‘23' in pencil on front endleaf and on a1r.

Initials, paragraph marks, and chapter heading underlining are supplied in red; capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Rebdorf, Bavaria, Augustinian Canons, abbey, S. Johannes Baptista; inscription on front endleaf: ‘Hic codex est Monasterii Sanctissimi Johannis Baptiste in Rebdorff ordinis canonicorum regularium diui Augustini episcopi. Eystetensis dyocesis'. Previously bound with a copy of Carolus Maneken, Formulae epistolarum, as indicated by a list of contents on the front endleaf, in the same hand. Purchased for £0. 4. 6; see Books Purchased (1858), 83.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 5.20.

Copy number: P-163(3)

A variant. The error of imposition in gathering f has been corrected. Folio 45 numbered 35.

Binding: Nineteenth-century paper boards with blue-edged leaves. ‘[ ]92' in brown ink at head of the spine.

Size: 190 × 148 × 19 mm.

Size of leaf: 186 × 140 mm.

On [*1r] in an early humanist hand: ‘[ . . .] D. Cardinalis de Columna per Jo. An. ca[ ] | Nec tu hoc despice quod vides sepulchrum | Seu sis aduena seu quiritum unus | Oßa sunt hic sita Prosperi Columne | Diuina probitate Cardinalis | Qualem nulla tulit fert nec etas | Que luxit Latium extulitque Roma | Et totus prope lachrimauit orbis | Ergo et tu quoque lachrima viator | Aut statim hinc fuge ne parum dolere | Tanto in funere Roma censeatur.' ‘Autographum melius quam chirographum'. ‘F[] 16458. Edition princeps', ‘N. 209', and ‘9' in pencil on front pastedown.

Large initials are supplied in blue with reserved white decoration and sometimes red-pen-work decoration. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: ‘Lorenz Donner' in an early German(?) hand on [*1r]. Purchased for £0. 7. 0; see Books Purchased (1852), 72.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 6.43.

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