Epistole de san hieronymo uulgare.

Other titles
  • Correspondence. Italian
  • Epistole de san Hieronymo vulgare
  • Epistolae [Italian]
  • Ferrara : Laurentius de Rubeis, de Valentia 12 October 1497
Physical description
[4], CCLXIX, [1] leaves : Ills, inits, device (woodcuts) ; 333 x ca. 230 mm. (fol.)
Local notes
  • Provenance: Major Thomas Gaisford of Offington, Worthing, his two armorial bookplates (Franks 11571 and 11573 respectively), one with motto "Qui currit legat", on upper pastedown. Marked "K" in pencil on upper pastedown. Gaisford sale, Sotheby's, 23 April - 1 May 1890, lot 914, sold for £ 15. Priced "t/-/-" and "xii/l" in pencil in lower right corner of upper pastedown. Samuel Sandars, his armorial bookplate on upper pastedown. Sandars's Bequest in 1894.
  • Binding: Gilt-tooled half brown russia and brown cloth over pasteboards, England, 19th century.
  • Gaisford, Thomas 1816-1898 [former owner]
  • Sandars, Samuel 1837-1894 [former owner, donor]
  • Title from second woodcut title page on leaf a1 recto.
  • First woodcut title page on leaf [pi1] recto reads: Vita epistole de sancto hieronymo ulgare [sic].
  • Imprints from colophon on leaf N3 recto, which reads in full: Impressa e la presente opera cosi con diligentia emendata como di iocunde caractere & figure ornata ne la inclita & florentissima cita de Ferrara: per Maestro Lorenzo di Rossi da Valenza: ne gli anni de la salute del mundo .M.CCCC.XCVII. A di .xii. de Octobre. Regnante & iuridicamente & cum humanita el felice & religiosissimo Principe messer Hercule Estense Duca se-cundo. Spechio de infrangibile fede.
  • Jerome's epistles possibly translated by Niccolò di Berto di Martino Gentiluzzi di San Gemignano (active 1416-1461): see Bod-inc, Index of Authors, Translators, Editors, Dedicatees.
  • The Regula monachorum is elsewhere found as an anonymous work entitled Aureola ex floribus S. Hieronymi contexta: see ISTC ih00178000. The text was translated by Mattheus de Ferrara, as stated on leaf N3 recto.
  • Woodcut title pages on leaves [pi1] recto, a1 recto and ²K3 verso.
  • Woodcut architectural frames on leaves [pi2] recto, a1 verso [with variants], a2 recto, ²K3 verso and ²K4 recto.
  • Variants to woodcut on leaf a1 verso: 1) portrait of Jerome writing (found in most copies; see BM 15th, VI, 614, IB. 25759; BN cat. des incun. H-109); 2) woodcut dedication to Hercules Estensis, Duke of Ferrara, dated 1494, in capitals, reading "Herculis Esten. Ducis inclyti ac invictiss. felici. auspicio ad liberalitate maxima Divi Hieronymi hoc sacratiss. opus impressum est Ferrariae an. sal. M.CCCC.LXXXXIIII." (see Hain-Copinger 8566; BN cat. des incun. H-109); 3) woodcut dedication to Eleonora d'Aragona, Duchess of Ferrara, and her daughter Isabella d'Este, Duchess of Mantua, dated 1495, in capitals, reading "Eleonorae Estensis ducis Ferr. ac Lisabellae eius filiae Mantuae reginae munificen. ac liberalitate Divi Hieronymi divinum hoc opus in lucem prodiit ann. M.CCCC.LXXXXV." (see BSB-Ink H-257); 4) woodcut dedication to Augustinus Barbadicus, Doge of Venice, dated 1495, in capitals, reading "Augustino Barbadico Duci inclyto Senatui Populoque Veneto Diui Hieronymi Epistolarum hoc volumen foelici sydere dicatum impressumque, est anno incarnationis Verbi M.CCCCLXXXXV." (see BM 15th, VI, 614; Hillard 1010)
  • Woodcut vignettes and initials throughout.
  • Woodcut device E of the printer Laurentius de Rubeis on leaf N3 recto: for the device see BM 15th cent., VI, 611.
  • Variant "catne" or "carne" on leaf I4 recto, second column, last line 45: see BM 15th cent., VI, 614.
  • Printed foliation with many errors.
  • Signatures: [pi⁴] a¹⁰ b-i⁸ K⁸ l-m⁸ n-o⁶ p-r⁸ s⁶ t⁸ u⁶ x⁸ y-z⁶ &⁶ [con]⁶ [Rum]⁶ A-I⁶ ²K⁶ M-N⁶. Leaves a1 and a2 unsigned.
  • Woodcut title page, [pi1]r; Vita de sancto Hieronymo, [pi2]r-[pi4]v; Woodcut title page, a1r; Woodcut, a1v; Hieronymus. Epistolae, in Italian, Epistole, translated by Niccolo' di Berto, a2r-K3r, including Augustinus, De cura pro mortuis, addressed to Paulinus, Bishop of Nola, in Italian, Libello dela cura de morti, G5v-H6v, and [Pseudo-] Hieronymus. Epistola ad Paulam et Eustochium: De assumptione Mariae virginis, in Italian, De Paula & Eustochio, H6v-²K3r; Woodcut title page, ²K3v; [Pseudo-] Hieronymus. Regula monachorum, also known as Aureola ex floribus S. Hieronymi contexta, excerpted and edited by Lupus de Oliveto from Jerome's works, in Italian, Dela observatione del culto dela vera religione extracta da scripti de s. Hieronimo [title according to title page on leaf ²K3v], translated into Italian by Mattheo da Ferrara, ²K4r-N3r; colophon, N3r; printer's device, N3r; table of contents, N3r-N5v; printer's register, N6r. For detailed lists of contents, see Bod-inc, H-093, and GW, 12437.
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