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Bod-Inc: V-061

Verardus, Carolus

Historia Baetica, et al. [Latin and Italian].


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Verardus, Carolus: ‘Praefatio in Historiam Baeticam' [addressed to] Raphael Riarius. Incipit: ‘[C]um felix ille, uenerande praesul et iampridem ab uniuerso christiano orbe mille uotis exoptatus . . .’ Preface introducing the work, and his nephew Marcellinus' elegies.

[a3v] [Verardus, Carolus]: ‘Argumentum.’ Incipit: ‘[R]ebus suis rex Maurus cum diffideret | Suos amicos consulit uariantibus'; 22 iambic trimeters.

[a4r] [Verardus, Carolus]: ‘Prologus.’ Incipit: ‘[S]alutem primum spectatores optumi | Quorum frequentia uultuque maxume'; 43 iambic trimeters.

[a5r] [Verardus, Carolus: Historia Baetica.] ‘Baudelis Maurum rex, Hallatar, Serraia, Habdisbard, consulatores.’ Incipit: ‘[P]rofecto quanto magis magisque cogito, tanto mihi res nostra duriore in loco esse uidetur . . .’ Prose Latin play on the capture of Granada by Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, first performed in Rimini 1492, in the presence of Cardinal Riarius.

[e1r] Verardus, Marcellinus: ‘Elegia'. Incipit: ‘[N]unc est praecipue iuuenes puerique senesque | Laetandum tellus nunc ferienda pede'; 31 elegiac distichs.

[e2r] Verardus, Marcellinus: [Carmen]. ‘Ad poetas ut triumphum de hoste Mauro ab Hispaniarum principibus subacto litteris mandent exhortatio'. Incipit: ‘[T]endite iam citharam, calamosque parate poetae, | Ingenium queis grande dedit dea uertice'; hexameters.

[e6r] Verardus, Marcellinus: Elegia. ‘Qua fides Fernando et Helisabe gratias agit, quae eorum opera Maurorum catenis fuerit liberata'. Incipit: ‘[M]agnanimi proceres tuque o placidissima turba | Accipe, si quae sim noscere forte cupis'; elegiac distichs.

[e7r] [Colophon.]

[e7r] [Song in Italian.] Incipit: ‘Viva le gran re don Fernando | Con la reyna don Isabella | Viva Spagna e la Castella'. The text continues on [e8v].

[e7r] ‘Registrum'.

[e7v] [Musical notation.] Music for a popular Italian song; see Cosenza IV 3606.


Imprint: Rome: Eucharius Silber, 7 Mar. 1493. 4°.


Collation: [a–e8].

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.


ISTC: iv00124000

Hain: HC *15941;

Goff: Goff V‑124;

BMC: BMC IV 114;

Proctor: Pr 3867;

Others: BSB‑Ink V‑76; CIBN V‑90; Oates 1537-8; Sheppard 3062-3.

LCN: 14693812


Copy number: V-061(1)

Bound with:
1. Marcellinus Verardus, Fernandus servatus, [Eucharius Silber, Jan. 1493?] (V‑062(1)).

Wanting leaves [e1] and [e8], the latter containing woodcut musical notation, supplied in photographic facsimile.

Wanting the Italian verse following the register on [e7r].

Binding: Eighteenth-century red morocco. Marbled pastedowns.

Size: 204 × 143 × 16 mm.

Size of leaf: 198 × 134 mm.

Some marginal notes in one or two contemporary Italian hands, supplying pointing hands, underlining, brackets, the title ‘De Deditione Granatae' on [a2r], signature numbers, and Italian lyrics for the music, incipit: ‘Viva el gran Re don Fernando con la Renia donIsabella. Viva Spagna et la Castella. Potentissima granata [deleted]. Pieri de gloria triumphando. La cita mahomectana potentissima granata . . .' The letter ‘S' in black ink on the front pastedown. Pencilled price ‘12/12/0' on the verso of the front endleaf.

Provenance: Purchased from Payne and Foss, Catalogue of Printed Books and Manuscripts in Various Languages (London, 1837), no. 8056, for £3. 3. 0; see Books Purchased (1837), 39.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 5.80(2).

Copy number: V-061(2)

Bound with:
1. Marcellinus Verardus, Fernandus servatus, [Eucharius Silber, Jan. 1493?] (V‑062(2)).

Wanting the blank leaf [a1], and gathering [e] containing the Elegiae of Marcellinus Verardus.

Binding: Eighteenth-century Italian calf, the spine gold-tooled. Marbled pastedowns. Azure silk bookmark.

Size: 204 × 145 × 16 mm.

Size of leaf: 198 × 142 mm.

Notes in a contemporary hand supplying an addition to the text, the running numbers ‘I' for the present item and ‘IIII' for item 1, and the title ‘CL | Hist. Baetica', now washed, upside down on the verso of the rear endleaf. A later hand supplied manuscript foliation ‘2-32' for the present item and ‘42-56' for item 1. Number ‘5590' in black ink on the verso of the front endleaf. Pencilled number ‘5' on the recto of the front endleaf. Bibliographical notes in Douce's hand inserted between the front endleaves.

Provenance: Formerly bound as first of at least four items; see manuscript notes. Maffeo Pinelli (1735-1785); Morelli (1787), III 5590; sale (1789), lot 10492 sold for £0. 4. 0. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 85(2).

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