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Apophthegmata regum et imperatorum, et al.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Philelphus, Franciscus: ‘Praefatio' [addressed to] Philippus Maria Angelus Visconti, Duke of Milan. Incipit: ‘[L]ectitanti mihi nuper Grece quedam, princeps optime, non nulla Plutarchi . . .’ Explicit: alia subnectam. Vale

[a2v] Plutarchus [pseudo-]: Apophthegmata [regum et imperatorum addressed to] Trajanus, Roman Emperor. [Translated by Franciscus Philelphus.] Incipit: ‘[C]um Artaxersi Persarum regi, o maxime imperator Cesar Traiane . . .’ Explicit: Roma futura sit? Philelphus records his work as translator in his preface (see above).

[e1r] [Philelphus], Franciscus: ‘Prefatio' [addressed to] Nicolaus V, Pont. Max. Incipit: ‘[Q]uo de te magis, Nicolae quinte, dies ac noctes mecum ipse cogito . . .’ Explicit: gratiores ad te ibunt. Vale pater beatissime

[e2r] Plutarchus: Apophthegmata Laconica. [Translated by Franciscus Philelphus.] Incipit: ‘[A]gasides, rex Lacedemoniorum, admirante quodam Philophanem sophistam . . .’ Explicit: inuideris se ipsam exegit Philelphus records his work as translator in his preface (see above).

[k4v] [Verse colophon preceded by date.] Incipit: ‘Impressum formis iustoque nitore coruscans | Hoc Vindelinus condidit artis opus'; 1 elegiac distich.


Imprint: [Venice]: Vindelinus de Spira, 1471. 4°.


Collation: [a–d8.10 e8 f8-1 g h8 i k6].


ISTC: ip00816000

Hain: HC *13140;

Goff: Goff P‑816;

BMC: BMC V 157;

Proctor: Pr 4033;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑634; CIBN P‑481; Sheppard 3202. Microfiche: Unit 10: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part IV.

LCN: 14016088


Copy number: P-384(1)

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco; gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 275 × 197 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 265 × 183 mm.

Occasional corrections made to the text in black ink.

On [a1r] a four-line initial ‘L' is supplied by a modern hand, in gold with floral decoration extending into the margins in red, green, white, and blue; some other three- and five-line initials are supplied in gold.

Provenance: Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843); book-plate with handwritten shelfmark ‘VI.R.d.8': see Lee, Royal Bookplates, 41 no. 24; sale, pt IV, lot 1632 (label at the tail of the spine). Purchased for £7. 17. 6, and Books Purchased (1845), 24.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 4.10.

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