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Cyropaedia (trans. Franciscus Philelphus).


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Philelphus, Franciscus: ‘Praefatio' [addressed to] Paulus II, Pont. Max. Incipit: ‘[D]iu mihi multumque cupienti aliquid ad te scribere, pater beatissime . . .’ Explicit: tum suauius personet See CTC VII 121-2.

[a5r] Xenophon: Cyropaedia. Translated by Franciscus Philelphus. Incipit: ‘[C]um olim cogitaremus quot populi dominatus per illos soluti sunt . . .’ Explicit: uerba mea confirmare See CTC VII 121-3. Philelphus is recorded as being translator in the heading for Bernardinus' verse (see below).

[t5v] [Colophon.]

[t6r] Bernardinus Robiatinus: [Verse.] ‘Calliphilus Bernardinus Robiatinus in Xenophontis libros de Cyripaedia per clarissimum oratorem poetamque Franciscum Philelfum equitem auratum de graeco in latinum conversos.’ Incipit: ‘Qui cupitis populis reges dominarier aeque | Discite me tandem discite nam doceo'; 10 lines of verse.


Imprint: [Milan: Archangelus Ungardus, before 18 Feb. 1477].

Remarks: Some copies contain a Rome imprint of the otherwise unknown Arnoldus de Villa, dated 10 Mar. 1474 (cf. BSB‑Ink). The book is identified as a Milan printing in BMC.


Collation: [a–h8 i6 k–r8 s t6].


ISTC: ix00005000

Hain: HCR 16227;

Goff: Goff X‑5;

BMC: BMC IV 52 and VI 734;

Proctor: Pr 3461;

Others: BSB‑Ink X‑1; Oates 2281; Sheppard 4911.

LCN: 14740463


Copy number: X-002(1)

Wanting sheet [d2.7].

Without the false colophon of Arnoldus de Villa, Rome, 1474.

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century Italian gold-tooled red morocco; turquoise-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; bound for Boutourlin.

Size: 267 × 188 × 34 mm.

Size of leaf: 260 × 173 mm.

Copious early marginal notes in both red and black ink, including occasional comments on the text, also extraction of key words, and ‘nota' marks; irregular early foliation in faded red ink: 1-145. Bibliographical note, dated 19 Apr. 1884, by E. W. B. Nicholson, on the verso of the front endleaf.

Provenance: Dimitrij Petrovich, Count Boutourlin (1763-1829); armorial book-plate and shelfmark no. 102, see Catalogue (1831); see sale catalogue (1839), lot 2134; purchased at his sale for £2. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1840), 32.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 4.40.

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