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Bod-Inc: P-537A

Publicius, Jacobus

Ars oratoria, ars epistolandi et ars memorativa.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Publicius, Jacobus: Ars oratoria [dedicated to] Cyrillus Caesar. ‘Oratoriae artis epitoma . . . dicendi scribendique breues rationes . . . memoriae artis modus . . . Jacobi Publicii Florentini'. Incipit: ‘[S]i quis id operis diligens examinator inspiciat hoc mente secum facile cogitabit . . .’

e6r Publicius, Jacobus: Ars epistolandi. ‘Ars scribendi epistolas', [dedicated to Federicus de Aragona], Prince of Taranto. Incipit: ‘[N]on me fugit, illustrissime princeps, quantum et oneris et insolentiae . . . [E]pistolarum officium (ut maioribus nostris uisum est) dicitur quo absentes his . . .’

f5r Publicius, Jacobus: Panegyric [addressed to Federicus de Aragona], Prince of Taranto. Incipit: ‘[N]on nullos fore uereor, illustrissime princeps, qui honesto labori meo arrogantiae nomen temere inscribere non dubitabunt . . .’

f5v Publicius, Jacobus: Ars epistolandi. ‘Titulorum et laudum distinctio.’ Incipit: ‘[M]aiorum laudes prestantesque titulos et clarissima nomina . . .’

g3v Publicius, Jacobus: Ars memorativa. ‘Jacobi Publicii Florentini ars memoriae'. Incipit: ‘[H]aud ab re fore arbitror si preter maiorum consuetudinem . . .’

h4v [Circular or rectangular woodcut images.]

h8r Publicius, Jacobus: Ars memorativa. Incipit: ‘[C]um autem meminisse cupis, bis cursim lectitando textum percurres . . .’ This is followed by the two-part ‘tree of qualities' diagram (not in Schramm, but see BMC V 289) and the woodcut of animals (see Schramm XXIII pl. 407).


Imprint: [Augsburg]: Erhard Ratdolt, 20 Jan. 1490. 4°.


Collation: a–h8 i4.

Illustrations: Woodcut illustrations and diagrams: see Schramm.


ISTC: ip01098000

Hain: HC *13547;

Goff: Goff P‑1098;

BMC: BMC II 384;

Proctor: Pr 1886;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑870; CIBN P‑695; Schramm XXIII p. 25 and pls 395-407; Schreiber V 5033; not in Sheppard.

LCN: 15549436


Copy number: P-537A(1)

Wanting the title-page, a1, also a3 and the blank leaf i4.

The serpent pointer to the volvelle on h8r is present in this copy. A modern reproduction of the woodcut on i2v is pasted on the verso of the rear endleaf.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf, the spine gold- and blind-tooled, over marbled paper boards; red-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 211 × 160 × 12 mm.

Size of leaf: 207 × 148 mm.

Bibliographical notes by Gilbert Redgrave on the rectos of both the front and rear endleaves.

Provenance: Number in the upper left-hand corner of the verso of the front endleaf: ‘34,870'. Gilbert R. Redgrave (1844-1941); book-plate; inscription, dated 11 Nov. 1909, also notes (see above) on the recto of the front endleaf. A Catalogue of Books from Various Sources . . . (London: Hodgson & Co., 10 May 1939), lot 541, sold for £2. 5. 0; pencil note on the verso of the front endleaf. Catalogue of Valuable Printed Books . . . (London: Sotheby's, 24 Nov. 1980), lot 322, marked down to [ ] Andrews for £240. Dr Brian Lawn (1905-2001); Lawn records in his catalogue, p. 10, that he purchased this item at a Sotheby's sale in 1980; book-plate; catalogue, pp. 10, 135. Bequeathed in 2001.

SHELFMARK: Lawn e.1.

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