Valerius Maximus, Gaius
Facta et dicta memorabilia (ed. Bonus Accursius).
Analysis of Content
a2r Accursius, Bonus: [Letter addressed to] Franciscus Simoneta. ‘Magni equiti aurato et sapientissimo ac ducali secretario Ciccho Simonetae'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uo magis de te ac tuis praestantissimis summisque uirtutibus cogito . . .’ See V‑011.
a3r [Table.] ‘Rubricae.’ Incipit: ‘Capitula primi libri. De religione. Capitulum i . . .’
a5r Valerius Maximus, [Gaius]: ‘Prologus' [dedicating the work to] Tiberius Caesar. Edited by Bonus Accursius as stated in his letter. V. Max. Proem.
a5r Valerius Maximus, [Gaius]: Facta et dicta memorabilia. ‘De cultu deorum capitulum primum.’ Edited by Bonus Accursius as stated in his letter. V. Max. See V‑006 and CTC V 302.
Imprint: Venice: P. F., B. R., S. F., Z. F., 1 July 1478. Folio.
Collation: a-h8 i6 k l8 m-s6 t8.
Hain: HCR 15781;
Goff: Goff V‑30;
BMC: BMC V 266;
Proctor: Pr 4471;
Others: Rhodes 1785; Sack, Freiburg, 3615; Sheppard 3608.
Copy number: V-014(1)
Wanting the blank leaf a1.
Leaf a4 backed.
Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco; bound by Richard Weir. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Gilt-edged leaves. Marbled pastedowns. Green silk bookmark.
Size: 272 × 202 × 23 mm.
Size of leaf: 263 × 178 mm.
On a4r and a5r copious marginal notes, now washed, in a contemporary hand, supplying comments on the text. Elsewhere a few notes in the same hand, mainly supplying brackets and pointing hands.
On a5r north European (French?) three-quarter stem borders in black ink, with gold dotting, leaves, flowers, and two birds with [play] masks for heads outlined in black ink and coloured in blue, green, red, indigo, and yellow, incorporating a seven-line epigraphic initial ‘U' painted in blue with reserved white decoration, on a ground of gilt, the area within the body of the letter decorated in indigo with a white pen-work flower pattern. Principal initials are supplied in gold on a ground of red and/or blue. the area within the body of the letter coloured in indigo and/or blue with white pen-work. Elsewhere initials are supplied in red or blue or interlocked red and blue, with black or red pen-work decoration. Paragraph marks and headlines are also supplied in red or blue.
Provenance: Unread inscription in a seventeenth century hand of name on leaf used to back a4. Justin, comte MacCarthy Reagh (1744-1811); sale (18 May 1789), lot 1531. Purchased for £1. 14. 0; see Books Purchased (1789), 7.
SHELFMARK: Auct. N 4.2.
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