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Bod-Inc: V-042

Valturius, Robertus

De re militari (ed. Paulus Ramusius).


Analysis of Content

[*2r] [Table.] ‘[E]lenchus et index rerum militarium'. Incipit: ‘Rubricae primi libri. Et primum prohemium cum rei militaris scriptoribus . . .’

[*5v] Ramusius, Paulus: [Letter addressed to] Pandulphus Malatesta, Prince of Rimini. Incipit: ‘Clarissima progenitorum tuorum facinora et bello magnifice gesta . . .’ See V‑041. On Ramusius as editor see Rodakiewicz, ‘De re militari', 23-4. This letter, dated Verona, 15 Oct. 1482, dedicates this edition of Valturius' work to Pandulphus Malatesta.

[*6v] Ramusius, Paulus: Epi[taphium for] Robertus Malatesta. Incipit: ‘Armorum fulmen iacet hic Malatesta Robertus | Cuius praestantes gloria uicit auos'; 4 elegiac distichs.

a1r Valturius, Robertus: Praefatio [dedicating the work to] Sigismundus Pandulphus Malatesta. Edited by Paulus Ramusius, as stated in his letter. Incipit: ‘[C]redo equidem nec sum nescius dux et imperator inclyte Sigismunde Pandulphe . . .’

a4v Valturius, Robertus: De re militari. Edited by Paulus Ramusius, as stated in his letter. Incipit: ‘[Q]uom itaque inter omnes priscae auctoritatis uiros . . .’

E9r Dante Alighieri: [Carmen.] Incipit: ‘Qui modo Romuleam seruarat ab hostibus urbem | Et Capitolini culmina caelsa Iouis'; 4 elegiac distichs. See Walther, Initia, 15560.

E9r Dante Alighieri: [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Quisquis funesto ualidas sub Marte cohortes | Et sequitur missas per freta salsa rates'; 3 elegiac distichs.

E9v ‘Registrum'.


Imprint: Verona: Boninus de Boninis, 13 Feb. 1483. Folio.


Collation: [*]6 a10 b–z8 & [con]10 A–D8 E10.

Remarks: Gathering [*] numbered ‘ii iii', but not signed.

Illustrations: 95 woodcuts; see Sander.


ISTC: iv00089000

Hain: HC *15848;

Goff: Goff V‑89;


Proctor: Pr 6921;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑53; CIBN V‑58; Oates 2598; Sander 7482; Sheppard 5704.

LCN: 14800932


Copy number: V-042(1)

Binding: Eighteenth-century Italian parchment over thick paper boards. Resewn and recut in the eighteenth century. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Title in gilt on red and black leather labels and ‘*2*' on paper label on the spine. Yellow-edged leaves. Lime green silk bookmark.

Size: 311 × 217 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 305 × 202 mm.

Some marginal notes in two sixteenth-century Italian hands, extracting key words and supplying synonyms, brackets, and corrections to the text, and page references and additions to the text in the table. Bibliographical notes in Heber's hand on front pastedown and endleaves. The number ‘129' in ink on front pastedown and in pencil on rear pastedown. The number ‘254' in brown ink on recto of rear endleaf. Notes in upper margin of [*2r] erased.

Provenance: Fr Ulisse Albergotti (early sixteenth century). Pietro Paolo Riccomanni (sixteenth century); inscription on [*1r]: ‘Di Pio. Paolo Riccomanni Aretini gia hera di fr. Ulisse Albergotti'. Mattia Amidei (†1647); inscription on [*2r]: ‘Di Mattia Amidei'. Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); see Morelli (1787), I 2062; number in black ink on the front pastedown; sale (1789), lot 6963. Purchased by Douce for £1. 16. 0; Heber's note on recto of the front endleaf: ‘This same copy was bot by Mr Douce at the Pinelli sale for 1. 16. 0'; annotated Pinelli sale catalogue. Francis Douce (1757-1834). Purchased by Heber for £0. 16. 0, according to the price in red ink in Heber's sale catalogue. Richard Heber (1773-1833); see Catalogue, 5 (1835), lot 4312, sold for £0. 7. 6. Purchased for £0. 12. 6 according to Books Purchased (1835), 28.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 3.8.

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