Epistolae breviores elegantiores.
Analysis of Content
[*1r] [Title-page and an anonymous editorial note, stating that the selection of letters chosen for this publication, introduced by a line providing the subject of the letter, and with the addition of a table of contents and a few letters from Politian, should facilitate its use for young readers.]
A1r Philelphus, Franciscus: Epistolae breviores elegantiores. ‘Franciscus Philelphus poeta Francisco Barbaro oratori salutem dicit. Aduentum suum narrat et pestilentie vim declarat'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uod tibi iucundissimum esse puto . . .’ Includes a selection from Philelphus' Epistolae, for which see P‑259.
K5r Politianus, Angelus: Epistolae [extracts]. ‘Angelus Politianus Cesari Carmento salutem.’ Incipit: ‘[C]ontemni te putas quod non rescribo . . .’ It includes letters to Caesar Carmentus; Jacobus Modestus; Picus Mirandule; Laurentius de Medici. Maïer I 96-7.
Imprint: [Strasbourg: Friedrich (Ruch) de Dunbach, c.1500]. 4°.
Remarks: The date on K6r, ‘M.cccc.xciiij' is that of Politian's letter, not the date of printing as in Goff (Sheppard).
Collation: [*] A6 B–I4.8 K6.
Types: Types: 288 G, first line of title; 152 G, lines 2 and 3 of title, incipit on A1r, headlines; 80 (71) G, text. The text type here measures 71 mm and contains Haebler's M49 as well as M47, the only form shown in GfT 1290.
Leaves: 66 leaves, 7-66 numbered.
Line number: 40 lines, plus headline (A1v).
Type area: Type area: 143 (150) ×93 mm (A1v).
Illustrations: Woodcut initials ‘E', ‘Q'.
Hain: H *12951;
Goff: Goff P‑600;
Proctor: not in Pr;
Others: BSB‑Ink (P‑439); Sack, Freiburg, 2858a; Sheppard 547.
Copy number: P-269(1)
Binding: Nineteenth-century German(?) paper boards covered with leaves from a liturgical manuscript on parchment, dyed dark blue.
Size: 207 × 155 × 15 mm.
Size of leaf: 200 × 141 mm.
Marginal and interlinear notes in an early German hand, commenting on the text.
Some initials and headings touched with yellow wash.
Provenance: Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria, Carmelites; inscription on [*1r]: ‘Carmeli Dinckelspullani'. Anonymous sale (3 May, 1832), lot 675, dated 1494. Purchased for £0. 3. 0, according to Library Bills (1829-32), no. 364; for £0. 8. 0, according to Books Purchased (1832), 18.
Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. 2Q extra 1.1.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 5.63.
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