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Bod-Inc: P-268

Philelphus, Franciscus



Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Philelphus, Franciscus: Epistolae. ‘Leonardo Iustiniano'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uod nihil apud me duxerim antiquius beniuolentia tua . . .’ See P‑259.


Imprint: Basel: Nicolaus Kesler, 1500. 4°.


Collation: a–z A–H8 I6.


ISTC: ip00599400

Hain: H *12948;


Proctor: Pr 7695;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑438; CIBN P‑317; Sack, Freiburg, 2858; Sheppard 2494.

LCN: 14383706


Copy number: P-268(1)

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with remains of a clasp. Quadruple fillets form a double frame. Within the outer frame the roll ‘IHESVS MARIA'. In the inner rectangle curved-outline tools make up merrythoughts, each containing a fleuron. ‘Francescus Philelphus' in manuscript across the upper edge; ‘Adolescentia W[im?]pelingi' in manuscript along the upper edge.

Size: 228 × 160 × 55 mm.

Size of leaf: 212 × 150 mm.

Pastedowns consist of two parchment leaves from a thirteenth/fourteenth-century Breviary. The front endleaf consists of an engraving with a quotation from Lc 11,30, showing Jonah being thrown overboard into the mouth of the whale.

Marginal notes, mainly extraction of Latin and Greek key words in red ink and summarizing key points in brown ink, in an early hand. On I6v a late sixteenth-century biographical note, in Latin, on Philelphus. On the same leaf ‘viii lxxiii' in red ink, by the rubricator.

On a2r a six-line initial ‘Q' is supplied in blue with red pen-work decoration. Other initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes in red.

Provenance: ‘Rose' on a1r and ‘N. 693' on front endleaf in an eighteenth-century hand. ‘G. F. Klemm' (eighteenth/nineteenth century) on a1r. For purchase see P‑261.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q 6.16.

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