Epistolae [Latin] (trans. Franciscus Griffolinus Aretinus).
Analysis of Content
[a1r] [Griffolinus] Aretinus, Franciscus: ‘Prefatio' [addressed to] Malatesta Novellus. Incipit: ‘[V]ellem Malatesta Nouelle princeps illustris tantam mihi dicendi facultatem dari . . .’
[a4r] Phalaris [pseudo-]: Epistolae. Translated by Franciscus Griffolinus Aretinus. ‘Phalaris Alciboo'. Incipit: ‘[P]olicletus Messenius quem proditionis apud ciuis . . .’ See P‑240.
[g6r] [Griffolinus] Aretinus, Franciscus: [Dedication of the translation of four further letters to] Alphonsus I (V), King of Aragon. Incipit: ‘[Q]uatuor Phalaridis epistolas quas nuper in alio libello inuentas . . .’ See P‑240.
Imprint: Brescia: Thomas Ferrandus, 1 Sept. . 4°.
Remarks: As dated by Luigi Balsamo, ‘Revisiting Early Printed Books at Brescia “Thoma Ferrando auctore” (1471-4)', in Incunabula, ed. Davies, 7-26, at 14-21. Goff dates 1 Sept. [1473?].
Hain: HR 12890;
Goff: Goff P‑551;
BMC: BMC VII 962;
Proctor: Pr 6944;
Others: Sheppard 5729; Veneziani, Brescia, 3.
Copy number: P-245(1)
Binding: Nineteenth-century quarter calf over diced russia; sprinkled red and blue-edged leaves, marbled pastedowns, and green silk bookmark.
Size: 212 × 157 × 25 mm.
Size of leaf: 206 × 139 mm.
Some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, and pointing hands in an early hand. Remains of a circular orange seal(?) on front pastedown.
On [a1r] a four-line initial ‘V' is supplied in blue within a square ground made of red pen-work decoration. Other initials are supplied in red or blue.
Provenance: Purchased for £7. 17. 6; see Books Purchased (1855), 48.
SHELFMARK: Auct. Q inf. 1.1.
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