Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius
De Vita Caesarum, et al.
Analysis of Content
[a1v] [Bussis], Jo[hannes] An[dreas de: Letter addressed to] Paulus II, Pont. Max. Bussi, 51-2.
[a1v] [Ausonius, Decimus Magnus: De XII caesaribus.] ‘Suetonii operis commendatio'. Prete 202-4 no. XII (Green 161-3). Omits lines 30-1 (fourth poem incipit: ‘Exegit poenas de Cesare curia mollis'). See Munk Olsen II 571.
[a3r] Suetonius Tranquillus, C[aius: De Vita Caesarum]. ‘De duodecim Caesaribus liber'. See S‑336.
[l7r] [Verse colophon.] Incipit: ‘Aspicis illustris lector quicunque libellos | Si cupis artificum nomina nosse lege'; 3 elegiac distichs. See Walther, Initia, 1610.
Imprint: Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [after 30 Aug.] 1470. Folio.
Collation: [a–k10 l8].
Hain: HC *15116;
Goff: Goff S‑816;
BMC: BMC IV 11;
Proctor: Pr 3307;
Others: BSB‑Ink S‑609; CIBN S‑484; Rhodes 1647; Sander 7142 bis; Sheppard 2625. Microfiche: Unit 8: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part II, PI 82.
Copy number: S-337(1)
Wanting the blank leaf [l8r].
Binding: Eighteenth-century red morocco; bound for the Bodleian Library by H. Walther; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; green silk bookmark.
Size: 338 × 235 × 29 mm.
Size of leaf: 328 × 215 mm.
On [a3r] Italian (Roman) three-quarter white vine-stem borders on a blue, red, and green ground incorporating a seven-line epigraphic initial ‘A' supplied in gold; foliate extensions with some large gold dotting in the outer margin. In a wreath in the lower margin, a painted coat of arms: sable, two vires [two concentric circles] or; on a chief argent a cross of the first [tinctures now indistinct], the arms of Albizzi, of Florence; see Pächt and Alexander II, 106 no. pr. 9; Crollalanza I, 23-4; Litta (1876). On [b7v] a seven-line epigraphic ‘G' is supplied in gold and surrounded by white vine-stems defined in red, blue, or green, with foliate extensions and gold dotting. Similar initials at the beginning of each vita (on [d7v], [f1r], [g2v], [h2r], [i4r], [i8v], [k1r], [k4v], [k9v], [l1v]).
Provenance: Albizzi family of Florence; see coat of arms (above). Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735-1792); sale (1789), part IV, lot 6302; in the annotated catalogue marked down to Thomas Payne for Fl. 175. Purchased [through Payne?] for £15. 6. 0, the equivalent at the exchange rate used by Thomas Payne at this sale; see Books Purchased (1790), 7.
SHELFMARK: Auct. N 3.28.
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