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Bod-Inc: P-316

Pius II, Pont. Max.

Epistolae familiares (ed. Nicolaus von Wyle).


Analysis of Content

[a1v] von Wyle, Nicolaus: [Preface addressed to] the reader. Incipit: ‘[O]mnibus et singulis humanitatis studio deditis . . . Enea Siluius de Senis ex nobili sanguine . . .’

[a2r] Pius II, Pont. Max.: Epistolae familiares. Edited by Nicolaus von Wyle. Some of the letters are edited in Wolkan, in a different order. This edition of Pius's letters opens with a letter addressed to Aeneas Sylvius by Cardinal Julianus Cesarini (Wolkan I no. 45).

[m4v] [Piccolomini], Aeneas Sylvius: [Epistola de fortuna, addressed to] Procopius de Rabenstein. Dated Vienna, 26 June 1444. See P‑314.

[n4v] [Piccolomini], Aeneas Sylvius: [Letter addressed to] Kaspar Schlick. See P‑304.

[n5v] [Piccolomini], Aeneas Sylvius: [Letter addressed to] Marianus Sozzinus. See P‑304.

[n6r] [Piccolomini], Aeneas Sylvius: De duobus amantibus Euryalo et Lucretia [dedicated to] Marianus Sozzinus. Dated Vienna, 3 July 1444. See P‑303.

[r4v] Pius II, Pont. Max.: [Dialogus contra Bohemos atque Thaboritas de sacra communione corporis Christi, addressed to] Cardinal Johannes Carvajal. Dated Wiener Neustadt, 21 Aug. 1451. See P‑309.

[z2v] Pius II, Pont. Max.: [Oratio habita in conuentu Mantuano.] Incipit: ‘[C]um bellum hodie aduersus impiam Thurcorum gentem pro dei honore . . .’ Dated 26 Sept. 1459. Aeneas Silvius, Opera quae extant omnia (Basel, 1571), 905-14; Pii II P. M., olim Aeneae Sylvii Piccolominei Senensis, orationes politicae et ecclesiasticae, ed. Giovanni Domenico Mansi, 2 vols (Lucca, 1755-7), II 9-29.

[A3v] [Piccolomini], Aeneas Sylvius: Descriptio urbis Viennensis. Wolkan I no. 27; see also I. Nuovo, ‘La Descriptio urbis Viennensis di Enea Silvio Piccolomini', in Pio II e la cultura del suo tempo. Atti del convegno internazionale - 1989, ed. L. Rotondi Secchi Tarugi (Milan, 1991), 357-72.


Imprint: [Reutlingen: Michel Greyff, not after 1478]. Folio.

Remarks: BMC I 63 and A. Schmidt, ‘Technische Beiträge zur Inkunabelkunde', Gb Jb (1927), 9-23, at 17 assign to [Strasbourg?: R‑Printer (Johann Mentelin/Adolf Rusch)]. V. Scholderer, ‘Adolf Rusch and the Earliest Roman Types', The Library, 4th ser. 20 (1939), 43-50, at 47 suggests [Esslingen?: n. pr.]. The blind impression of seven lines from A1v of this edition is found in the BL copy of the Bull of Sixtus IV relating to Esslingen, 17 June 1478, assigned to the press of Greyff at Reutlingen. In consequence, the present edition of Pius II, Epistolae familiares, which is printed in the same type as the Bull, i.e. 103 R, previously used by Rusch at Strasburg, has been transferred from that press to Greyff's; see BMC II 575, note to IB.10630; also Scholderer, ‘Adolf Rusch', 47. The watermark of two crossed keys, the only one found in the book, is recorded by Briquet 3888 only here and in Augsburg-printed incunabula and an illuminated manuscript. It occurs also in Schwarz, Contra perfidos Judaeos (Esslingen, 1475; Pr 2463).


Collation: [a–c10 d8 e–s8.10 t10 v8 x y10 z8 A6].


ISTC: ip00716000

Hain: HC *160;

Goff: Goff P‑716;

BMC: BMC I 63;

Proctor: Pr 233;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑519; CIBN P‑411; Sack, Freiburg, 2885; Sheppard 1947-8.

LCN: 14015987


Copy number: P-316(1)

Gatherings[l] and [m] reversed in binding.

Binding: Contemporary blind-tooled half pigskin over wooden boards, with two metal clasps and catches. Triple fillets form a frame, within which are two small floral stamps and a headed-outline tool. Seventeenth-century manuscript title on a square paper label at the head of the spine. Turquoise-edged leaves. Strips from a twelfth-century parchment noted Sacramentary are visible in the binding.

Size: 309 × 218 × 65 mm.

Size of leaf: 300 × 210 mm.

Occasional marginal notes, mainly extracting key words and verses, in an early hand.

Provenance: Regensburg, Bavaria, Augustinian Hermits, S. Salvator, S. Nicolaus Tolentinus; inscription on [a1r]: ‘Conuentus Ratisbonensis Ord. Erem. S. Augustini'. Sebastianus Fridlin, apostolic protonotary; book-plate: ‘Sebastianus Fridlin SS. Theol. D. Protonotarius Apostolicus' and inscription on [a1r]: ‘Ego Sebastianus Fridlin SS. Theol. Licent . . .’ Anonymous Sotheby sale (27 Aug. 1841), lot 125; bookseller's circular paper label at the tail of the spine; purchased for £0. 18. 0; see Books Purchased (1841), 1.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 4.43.

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