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Bod-Inc: P-317

Pius II, Pont. Max.

Epistolae familiares.


Analysis of Content

a2r [Piccolomini], Aeneas Sylvius: Epistolae familiares. ‘Rerum familiarium epistole peramene'. Incipit: ‘[E]neas Siluius . . . Magnifico Iohanni comiti de Lupfen . . . In scriptis veterum tria . . .’ See P‑315.

l8r [Piccolomini], Aeneas Sylvius: [Epistolae in Cardinalatu editae.] Incipit: ‘[D]iuo imperatori Frederico augusto domino suo . . . Quod iam dudum optasti procurastique . . .’

r2r Pius II, Pont. Max.: [Epistolae in Pontificatu editae.] ‘Epistola . . . Francorum regi super materia episcopatus Tornacensis directa'. Incipit: ‘[C]arissime in Christo fili salutem etc. Que ad nos de conditionibus . . .’

v1r Pius II, Pont. Max.: Epistola ad Mahumetem. ‘Pius papa secundus eloquentissimus qui obiit anno M.cccc.lxiiii. in Anchona dum proficisci proposuerat contra Turchos conposuit etc.’ See P‑311.

z4v Pius II, Pont. Max.: ‘Oratio habita in conuentu Mantuano'. Incipit: ‘[C]um bellum hodie aduersus impium(!) Turchorum gentem suasuri sumus pro dei honore . . .’ Dated 26 Sept. 1459. Aeneas Silvius, Opera, 905-14; Pii II P. M. orationes, ed. Mansi, II 9-29.

aa4v Pius II, Pont. Max.: ‘Copia Bulle de profectione in Turchos et de prerogatiuis eorundem'. Incipit: ‘[P]ius episcopus . . . Ezechielis prophete magni sentencia est . . .’ Dated Rome, 22 Oct. 1463. Aeneas Silvius, Opera, 914-23.

[dd7v] [Piccolomini], Aeneas Sylvius: Epistola de fortuna [addressed to] Procopius de Rabenstein. Dated Vienna, [26 June 1444]. See P‑314.

ee5r Poggius Florentinus: Epistola ex balneis [addressed to] Leonardus [Brunus] Aretinus. ‘De scola Epycure factionis que regnat in Theotonia'. The recipient of Poggius's letter is actually Nicolaus Niccoli. Poggio Bracciolini, Lettere, ed. H. Harth, 3 vols (Florence, 1984-7), I 128-35 no. 46.


Imprint: Cologne: Johann Koelhoff, the Elder, [1478]. Folio.

Remarks: The colophon reads: ‘Anno incarnationis M.cccc.lviij'.


Collation: a–i10 k8 l–q10 r s8 t6 v x8 y10 z aa–cc [dd] ee8.


ISTC: ip00715500

Hain: HC *150;

BMC: BMC I 222;

Proctor: Pr 1037;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑518; CIBN P‑410; Oates 528; Sack, Freiburg, 2884; Sheppard 795; Voulliéme, Köln, 966.

LCN: 14016035


Copy number: P-317(1)

Wanting leaf cc2, the missing text supplied in manuscript in an early hand.

Sheet x4.5 differently set, with 25 lines instead of 36.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco, with gilt-edged leaves and marbled pastedowns.

Size: 286 × 220 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 275 × 200 mm.

‘N. 32' in brown ink in the upper left-hand corner of a1v. Early signatures. Manuscript pagination in brown ink: 1-502. On front endleaf a bibliographical note, in pencil, from Santander.

On a2r and l8r six-line (Dutch?) initials are supplied in blue with reserved white decoration within a square ground made of red pen-work decoration with green wash and extension into the margin. On r2r and z4v five- and six-line initials are supplied in red with reserved white decoration within a square ground made of brown pen-work decoration with green wash and floral and foliate extension into the margin. Other initials are supplied in red, sometimes with reserved white decoration; paragraph marks, chapter heading underlining, and capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); Morelli (1787), II 3979; sale (1789), lot 8880, sold for £1. 19. 6. Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate with two handwritten shelfmarks, one heavily cancelled, the other ‘VI.T.a.21*': see Lee, Royal Bookplates, 40-1 no. 23; not identified in sale catalogues. Charles J. Stewart; ticket inside the upper cover. Purchased for £0. 16. 0; see Books Purchased (1851), 68.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 5.17.

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