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Gordan MS 78 Italy, c. 1455

Appianus, of Alexandria / De civilibus romanorum bellis, etc., Lat. tr. Pier Candido Decembrio

1. ff. 1r-103r Inc.: Senatus populusque romanus mutuis saepe contentionibus de legum latione uel si quando debitorum abrogationes partiones [sic] fierent.

Expl.: necque proprie scriptionis adimplentes opus aut prouincia albi fortitas eius temporis quo geste sunt in fine prius iungendo scribere easque macedonie illis finitime subijcere.

f. 20r ruled but blank.

Appianus of Alexandria, De Civilibus Romanorum bellis historiarum libri quinque; Pier Candido Decembrio, trans. (Mainz, 1529).

2. ff. 103r-106v Inc.: Illirios greci eos existimant qui supra macedoniam et traciam a chaonis et tesprostis ad fluuium Istrum sedes habent.

Expl.: eo in prelio lapide genu saucius per multos dies aeger iacuit conualescens Romam ad consulatum rediit cum barbatio tullo collega magistratum initurus//.

Appianus of Alexandria, Liber Illyrius; Pier Candido Decembrio, Lat. trans. (Mainz, 1529). Text ends incompletely, two leaves missing at end of text.

Paper (watermarks: Briquet Monts 11736), ff. i + 106 + iii, 316 x 235 (215 x 120) mm., modern foliation; written in 52 lines ruled in ink with single vertical bounding lines in hardpoint (Derolez 13.11), occasional remains of prickings in top and bottom margins.

I-X10, XI8,(-7, 8). Horizontal catchwords to the right of the inner bounding line (Derolez 12.4).

Written by a single scribe, perhaps Decembrio himself, in a small, neat, fere-humanistic script, below the top line.

Plain red, cut-out initials from 10- to 8-lines begin each book. The initial on f. 60v has been written upside-down. Guide letters for rubricator. Finding aids in outer margin are frequent through f. 30r, but only appear occasionally in the rest of the text.

First and last pages are very badly worn, parts of text are completely illegible, all of it is difficult to read, there is some patching on the first leaf and thus a few holes on the verso of the first leaf, but it is for the most part legible. The rest of the text has minimal water damage in the inner margin and some worm damage, but no loss of text.

Binding: Italian, 18th-century Vellum. On dark brown leather label on spine in gold: "APPIANUS./ DE BELLIS/ CIVILIBUS/ TRANS. P.CANDIDUS/ MS.XVTH CEN." Written in ink in cursive above this label: "Appianus Alexand***". Three small paper labels fastened to lower spine; the first, taped to spine: "Ms. # 78", the second printed on a small square label: "8080", on a small round label in ink: "121".

Written in Italy around 1455. Early provenance unknown. Probably in the library of Richard Heber, and purchased, after his death, by Sir Thomas Phillipps (Phillipps number in ink on inside front cover, f. 1r, also on spine) in the Payne and Foss sale of February 1836. Briquet watermark no. written lead on inside front cover; also in lead: "a46. 391". On front flyleaf in lead: "350£a", and on inside back cover: "s12/45" and "noo/io". Acquired from Maggs (catalogue 799, no. 33 glued to inside front cover) in December, 1948, by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate), and left by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: ad labores

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 401, no. 78; Iter Italicum, p. 351 , no. 78.

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