Analysis of Content
a1v Squarzaficus, Hieronymus: [Letter addressed to] Bartholomaeus Platina. Allenspach–Frasso 278-9.
a1v ‘Registrum chartarum.’
a2r Platina, Bartholomaeus: ‘Proemium' [addressed to] Sixtus IV, Pont. Max. Prosatori latini del Quattrocento, 694-9; Bartholomaeus Platina, Liber de vita Christi ac omnium pontificum, ed. Giacinto Gaida, Rerum Italicarum scriptores, 3/1 (Città di Castello, 1913), 3-4.
a3r Platina, Bartholomaeus: Vitae pontificum. ‘Liber de uita Christi ac pontificum omnium.’ Liber de vita Christi, ed. Gaida, 5-398, ending with the life of Paulus II; see also G. J. Schorn, ‘Die Quellen zu den Vitae Pontificum Romanorum des Bartolommeo Platina' (Diss. Giessen, 1913).
Imprint: [Venice]: Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, 11 June 1479. Folio.
Collation: a10 b–o8 p6 q–y8 z10 & aa–ee8 ff6.
Hain: HC *13045;
Goff: Goff P‑768;
BMC: BMC V 235;
Proctor: Pr 4336;
Others: BSB‑Ink P‑565; CIBN P‑443; Hillard 1647; Liber de vita Christi, ed. Gaida, pp. xcii–xciii; Rhodes 1426; Sheppard 3501-2.
Copy number: P-342(1)
Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco; gilt edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.
Size: 304 × 208 × 46 mm.
Size of leaf: 294 × 187 mm.
Early marginal notes, including comments on the text and ‘nota' marks. On a2v is a note in French in a seventeenth-century(?) hand.
On a2r a seven-line initial ‘M' is supplied in blue edged in and decorated with gold. On a3r a seven-line Italian (Venice) initial ‘N' is supplied in maroon and pink with extensions in blue, green, and maroon, the space within the body of the letter decorated in blue, all on a gold ground edged in black with an outer border of gold, and with gold dots surrounded by spiralling pen-work; in the lower margin is a laurel wreath in green containing, on a red ground, a coat of arms (see below) flanked on each side by a gold dot surrounded by spiralling pen-work; see Pächt and Alexander II, 111, no. pr. 90. Other two- to seven-line initials, some edged in and decorated in gold, others decorated with red or black pen-work and with extensions into the margins, others plain, are supplied in red or blue; paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue; some capital strokes are supplied in red. Some printed capitals on a2r and a3r have been painted over in gold.
Provenance: Unidentified coat of arms on a3r: or, on a bend sable three lozenges gules(?). Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785)(?); Morelli (1787), II 2400(?); sale (1789), lot 7302, with the annotated sale catalogue giving no name of buyer. Purchased for £2. 6. 0; see Books Purchased (1789), 8.
SHELFMARK: Auct. L 3.20.
Copy number: P-342(2)
Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) parchment; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.
Size: 294 × 208 × 53 mm.
Size of leaf: 286 × 190 mm.
Occasional early annotations and corrections to the text in black ink.
Provenance: Antoine Augustin Renouard (1765-1853); sale (1830), lot 208. Purchased at the Renouard sale for £2. 12. 6; see Books Purchased (1830), 18, and Library Bills (1829-30), no. 219 ‘Books purchased by the Librarian'.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q inf. 1.19.
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