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Bod-Inc: P-429


Historiae (trans. Nicolaus Perottus).


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Perottus, Nicolaus: ‘Prohemium' [addressed to] Nicolaus V, Pont. Max. Incipit: ‘[A]bsolui tandem aliquando delegatum mihi abste munus . . .’

[a4r] Polybius: Historiae. Translated from the Greek by Nicolaus Perottus. Incipit: ‘[S]i ab iis qui res gestas ante nos scripserunt laudem historie pretermissam esse contingeret . . .’ Explicit: ab initio statuimus conuertemus See N. Pace, ‘La traduzione di Niccolò Perotti delle Historiae di Polibio', Res publica litterarum: Studies in the Classical Tradition, 11 (1988), 221-34; M. Milne, ‘Two Humanistic Translations of Polybius', Res Publica Litterarum, 12 (1989), 123-9; N. Pace, ‘Ancora sulla traduzione di Niccolò Perotti delle Historiae di Polibio', Res Publica Litterarum, 14 (1991), 177-84.

[s7r] [Verse colophon.] Incipit: ‘Aspicis illustris lector quicunque libellos | Si cupis artificum nomina nosse lege'; 3 elegiac distichs.


Imprint: Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, 31 Dec. 1473 [i.e. 1472?]. Folio.

Remarks: For the date see C.F. Bühler, ‘False Information in the Colophons of Incunabula', Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 114 (1970), 398.


Collation: [a–c10 d–l8 m10 n8 o10 p q8 r10 s8].


ISTC: ip00907000

Hain: HC *13246;

Goff: Goff P‑907;


Proctor: Pr 3336;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑672; CIBN P‑555; Rhodes 1457; Sheppard 2645.

LCN: 14086429


Copy number: P-429(1)

Binding: Eighteenth-century parchment, with parchment endleaves and the gold stamp of the Bodleian library on both covers; sprinkled blue-edged leaves.

Size: 335 × 235 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 324 × 217 mm.

On [a4r] a branch-work border and initial are supplied in gold and colours; similar initials are supplied at the beginning of each book; see Pächt and Alexander II, 107 no. pr. 27 (Rome).

Provenance: In the lower margin of [a4r], within a wreath, an Italian painted coat of arms: azure, a tower gules; these are identical with the arms of Gioachino Torriano, OP, Prior of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice (1406-1500), for which see S. Marcon, ‘Per la biblioteca a stampa del domenicano Gioachino Torriano', Miscellanea Marciana, 1 (1986), 223-48, with plates. Purchased for £29. 14. 0; see Books Purchased (1792), 1.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 2.22.

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