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Bod-Inc: P-376

Plinius Secundus, Gaius Caecilius (Pliny the younger)

Epistolae (ed. Junianus Maius).


Analysis of Content

[a1v] Maius, Junianus: [Letter addressed to] Hieronymus Carafa. Incipit: ‘C. Pli. secundum superioris nepotem iam pridem emendatio rem efficere cupiebam . . .’

[a2r] Plinius Secundus, Gaius Caecilius: Epistolae. Edited by Junianus Maius. Plin. Ep. 1-5.8, 5.21, 5.15, 5.10-14, 5.16-20, 5.9, 6.1-7.33, 9.1-2, 9.6-7, 9.9, 9.12, 9.17, 9.21, 9.24-5, 9.30-2, 9.3-5, 9.8, 9.10-11, 9.13-15, 9.18-20, 9.22-3, 9.26-9, 9.33-40, 8.1-8, 8.19-24. The letter on m7r begins with 8.8 (8.8.1-3) and ends with 8.18 (8.18.11-12).


Imprint: Naples: Mathias Moravus, July 1476. Folio.


Collation: [a12] b8 c10 d–f8 g10 h8 i10 k l8 m10.


ISTC: ip00806000

Hain: HCR 13111;

Goff: Goff P‑806;

BMC: BMC VI 862;

Proctor: Pr 6695A;

Others: CIBN P‑473; Fava–Bresciano 115; Hillard 1661; Sheppard 5432.

LCN: 14015038


Copy number: P-376(1)

The first unsigned gathering is of 12 leaves, the seventh blank. Wanting [a1] containing the dedication.

Binding: Eighteenth-century Dutch gold-tooled red morocco; see Foot, ‘Incunable Collector', no. 21 [but not, as suggested here, the Meerman copy; personal communication from Jos van Heel]. The gold stamp of the Library on both covers. Sprinkled red- and azure-edged leaves, marbled pastedowns, and azure silk bookmark.

Size: 288 × 203 × 23 mm.

Size of leaf: 275 × 185 mm.

A few marginal notes in a humanist hand, washed. Also a few early pointing hands and ‘nota' marks. On the front endleaf is pasted a letter of Victor Scholderer to R. H. Hill, dated 13 Feb. 1929, regarding this edition.

Provenance: Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735-1792): printed label of the Crevenna sale (1789), part III, lot 5597; in the annotated catalogue marked down to Schuring for Fl. 71. George John (1758-1834), 2nd Earl Spencer; sale (2 Mar. 1821), lot 231; purchased for £1. 11. 6; see Books Purchased (1821), 11 and the annotated sale catalogue.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O 3.21.

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