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Flavio Biondo, Historia ab inclinatione Romanorum imperii(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Flavius Blondus
Codicology:Vellum, 310 x 223 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) (12.2 x 9 in.), ff. 202, 36 lines to a page. Cent. xv (about 1442), in a good Italic hand, on white vellum. Doubtless written at Florence. It was in the collection (as we see from T. James) before 1600, but does not occur in Parker's list.
Collation: 110-410 56 610-2010 21 (six).
Provenance:Fol. 1r has a very fine full border of massive gold and colour, of characteristic Florentine work. Three times in the border occurs a blue shield with a representation of a barrel with a fire in it, set on an upright shaft upon a square base, and approached by a ladder. This is thought by George Williams, editor of the Correspondence of Bishop Bekynton (Rolls Series, I, xxxiii) to be the rebus of Thomas Bekynton (Beacon-tun), Bishop of Bath and Wells. Flavio Biondo (the author of the volume before us) was a correspondent of Bekynton's, and in a letter (I, p. 241) promises him a gift, which is probably this book. The letter in question was written at Florence in 1442.
Foliation: ff. i-ii + 1-202 + iii-iv(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
1.
1r-202v
Flavio Biondo, Historia ab inclinatione Romanorum imperii(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
1r
The initial has a half-length figure of a man in upright cylindrical red cap, and dark red robe, holding a book
This MS. contains the Third Decade of Flavius Blondus's Historia ab inclinatione Romani imperii, beginning
1r
Incipit:
Laetanti iam mihi et exultanti
(Decas III, Liber I, ed. Basel, 1559, p. 393)
and proceeds to Lib. X of this Decade
Then follow two books of a fourth Decade, of which the first is identical with the xith book of Decas III in the Basel edition. The second is inedited: an extract relating to a mission to Abyssinia is printed by G. Williams (Correspondence of Bishop Bekynton II, 227)
The books begin as follows
22v
Liber II
42v
Liber(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) III
60v
Liber(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) IV
76v
Liber(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) V (initial cut out)
92r
Liber(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) VI
108v
Liber(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) VII
125r
Liber(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) VIII
139r
Liber(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) IX
156v
Liber(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) X
Ending
172v
(174v)
Explicit:
renouaturos expectare curauit
172v
(174v)
Rubric:
Blondi Flavii Forliuiensis historiarum ab inclinatione Romanorum imperii decadis quartae liber primus
172v
(174v)
Incipit:
Interea dum principio anni cuius gesta
Partial border with curious flourishing in silver
Ends
189r
Explicit:
et in ueronensibus retenta
189r
Rubric:
Incipit quartae decadi(s) liber secundus foelicissime
189r
Incipit:
Annus hic primus et quadra[gra]gesimus supra millesimum et quadringentesimum
Ends
202v
Explicit:
et pacis constituendae arbitrium audiendum cremonam conuocari curauit
Each book has a fine initial on burnished gold (Liber IX on silver): and the first lines of each are in Roman hand