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Pius II, Pont. Max.

Epistolae familiares.


Analysis of Content

a2r [Piccolomini] Aeneas Sylvius: Epistolae familiares. ‘Rerum familiarium epistole peramene'. This edition of Pius's letters opens with a letter addressed to Johannes, Count of Lupfen (Wolkan I no. 135). See P‑315.

q6v [Piccolomini], Aeneas Sylvius: Epistolae in Cardinalatu editae. Incipit: ‘[D]iuo imperatori Frederico augusto domino suo . . . Quod iam dudum optasti procurastique . . .’

bb7r 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 . . .’

ee8v 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.

kk1v Pius II, Pont. Max.: ‘Oratio habita in conuentu Mantuano'. Incipit: ‘[C]um bellum hodie aduersus impium(!) Thurcorum 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.

ll3v Pius II, Pont. Max.: ‘Copia Bulle in Thurcos et de prerogatiuis eorundem'. Incipit: ‘[P]ius episcopus . . . Ezechielis prophete magni sententia est . . .’ Explicit: psallat in secula seculorum Dated Rome, 22 Oct. 1463. Aeneas Silvius, Opera, 914-23.

pp4r [Piccolomini], Aeneas Sylvius: Epistola de fortuna [addressed to] Procopius de Rabenstein. Dated Vienna, [26 June 1444]. See P‑314.

qq3v Poggius Florentinus: Epistola ex balneis [addressed to] Leonardus [Brunus] Aretinus. ‘De scola Epycure factionis que regnat in Theutonia'. The recipient of Poggius's letter is actually Nicolaus Niccoli. Poggio Bracciolini, Lettere, ed. Harth, I 128-35 no. 46.


Imprint: Louvain: Johannes de Westfalia, 1483. Folio.


Collation: a–y aa–qq8.


ISTC: ip00718000

Hain: HC *152;

Goff: Goff P‑718;

BMC: BMC IX 141;

Proctor: Pr 9233;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑521; Campbell 23; CIBN P‑413; Hillard 1633; HPT II 436; ILC 1773; Oates 3713; Rhodes 1416; Sheppard 7092.

LCN: 14016030


Copy number: P-319(1)

Binding: Parchment over original wooden boards, with the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of upper cover.

Size: 290 × 220 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 283 × 205 mm.

Several marginal and interlinear notes in a number of early English hands, mainly extracting key words, classical quotations, personal names, and sentences. On qq8v the manuscript copy of a letter of condolence from the Pope (Sixtus IV) to Cecily, Duchess of York, on the death of her son, Edward IV (1483). On rear endleaf a number of quotations in early English hands.

On a2r a four-line initial ‘E' is supplied in red on a red and green ground decorated with white pen-work decoration; from the letter spring two foliate stems ending with a rose. Other initials, sometimes with reserved white decoration, are supplied in red; paragraph marks and capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Acquired by 1738; see Fysher, Catalogus, II 559 with shelfmark: CC 90 Art (`90' in brown ink across the fore-edge); also on a2r.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 3.4.

Copy number: P-319(2)

Binding: Limp parchment, with manuscript title along the spine, ‘N. 1601' at head, ‘5187' on a small rectangular paper label at tail of the spine.

Size: 287 × 225 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 287 × 212 mm.

Pastedowns consists of two parchment leaves from a fifteenth-century Netherlandish(?) Missal.

Initials, chapter heading underlining, and paragraph marks are supplied in red; capital strokes in red.

Provenance: Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); purchased from Feisenberger and Gurney Ltd in 1950, for £72. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 17.2.

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