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Bod-Inc: P-253


Epistolae [Italian] Epistole (trans. Bartholomaeus Fontius, from the Latin version of Franciscus Griffolinus Aretinus).


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Fontius, Bartholomaeus: ‘Proemio' [addressed to] Francesco Baroncini. Incipit: ‘[P]erche io fusse Francesco mio da le faccende et familiare et domestiche . . .’

[a1v] [Griffolinus] Aretinus, Franciscus: ‘Proemio' [addressed to] Malatesta Novellus. Translated into Italian by Bartholomeus Fontius from the Latin version of Franciscus Griffolinus Aretinus; see Tudeer 118, 122-3. Incipit: ‘[I]o vorei Malatesta Nouello principe illustre che mi fussi concessa nel dire tanta faculta . . .’

[a5v] Phalaris [pseudo-]: Epistole. Translated into Italian by Bartholomaeus Fontius. ‘Phalari ad Alcibo suo inimico'. Incipit: ‘[P]olicleto Messinese, il quale tu accusi falsamente a citadini . . .’


Imprint: [Padua: Laurentius Canozius, de Lendenaria], 1471. 4°.

Remarks: Pr assigns to [Florence: Printer of Mesue, ‘Opera' (H11107)]; Ridolfi reassigns to [Canozius at Padua].


Collation: [a–d10 e–g8].


ISTC: ip00566000

Hain: H *12903;

Goff: Goff P‑566;

BMC: BMC VI 616;

Proctor: Pr 7347;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑410; CIBN P‑297; Hillard 1596; Ridolfi, Firenze, 29-48; Sheppard 5554. Microfiche: Unit 2: Classics in translation; Unit 8: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part II.

LCN: 14489848


Copy number: P-253(1)

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled calf; orange-edged leaves and marbled pastedowns.

Size: 208 × 155 × 17 mm.

Size of leaf: 202 × 150 mm.

On [a1r] a six-line initial ‘P' is supplied in gold within a square blue, red, and green ground which extends into the margin, decorated with white vine-stems and groups of three white dots; see Pächt and Alexander II, 110 no. pr. 64 (Veneto). On [a2r] an initial ‘P' is supplied instead of the correct ‘I'. Other initials are supplied in red or blue.

Provenance: Possibily purchased for £1. 11. 6; this price is in pencil on the front endleaf.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q inf. 1.15.

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