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Epistolae [Latin] (trans. Franciscus Griffolinus Aretinus).


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r [Griffolinus] Aretinus, Franciscus: ‘Prohemium' [addressed to] Malatesta Novellus. Incipit: ‘[V]ellem Malatesta Nouelle princeps illustris tantam mihi facultatem dari . . .’

a5v Phalaris [pseudo-]: Epistolae. Translated by Franciscus Griffolinus Aretinus. ‘Phalaris Alabo(!)'. Incipit: ‘[P]olicletus Messenius (quem prodicionis apud ciues . . .’ See P‑240.

h8r [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: Valencia: Nicolaus Spindeler, 11 Nov. 1496. 4°.


Collation: a–g8 h10.

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.


ISTC: ip00564500

Hain: H 12899;

BMC: BMC X 20;

Proctor: Pr 9505;

Others: CIBN P‑296; Haebler, Bibliografia ibérica, 548; Sheppard 7285; Vindel, Arte, III 136: 64.

LCN: 14489947


Copy number: P-252(1)

The woodcut title is cut out and mounted.

Binding: Nineteenth-century gold-tooled blue morocco; gilt-edged leaves.

Size: 198 × 145 × 15 mm.

Size of leaf: 190 × 133 mm.

Some marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, but also providing corrections to the text, in a sixteenth-century hand. An engraving from Phalaris, Epistolae, ed. Charles Boyle (Oxford, 1718) has been pasted onto the front endleaf.

Provenance: Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate with handwritten shelfmark ‘VIII.C.d.9': see Lee, Royal Bookplates, 40-1 no. 23; sale, pt IV, lot 1345. Purchased for £1. 1. 0: see Books Purchased (1845), 24.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 5.87a.

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