Anthologia Graeca Planudea.

Accession number: 
PML 26779
Uniform title: 
Greek anthology.
Impressum Florentiae : per Laurentium Francisci de Alopa Venetum, .III. idus Augusti .M.CCCCLXXXXIIII [11 August 1494].
[280] leaves ; 25.5 cm (4to)
Credit Line: 
Purchased in 1929.

Title from ISTC.
Imprint from colophon, leaf [LL]8v: Impressvm Florentiae per Lavrentivm Francisci de Alopa Venetvm .III. idvs Avgvsti .M.CCCCLXXXXIIII.
Printed in Alopa's types 2:90R, 4:83G, and 5*:114Gr.
Signatures: A-[Omega]⁸ AA-KK⁸; [LL]⁸: 280 leaves.
Paper format: Median quarto.
Edited by Janus Lascaris.
Dedicatory letter from Lascaris to Piero de' Medici, leaves [LL]1-8v.
Variants are known with titles and capitals masked during printing for adding by hand in presentation copies (CIBN A-410).
The last quire (dedicatory letter and colophon) is not found in all copies, probably because the flight and proscription of Piero de' Medici shortly after the publication of the book caused the dedication to be suppressed (BMC).
PML copy printed on vellum.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 24.5 x 15.5 cm.
PML with leaves: [LL]1-8 (dedicatory letter and colophon) added in pen facsimile.

18th-century English gilt-tooled olive morocco over paper boards (25.5 x 17 cm), sewn on 5 supports, perhaps by Roger Payne. Gilt-tooled morocco turn-ins with dark red paper panels and endleaves, with additiona plain paper endleaves; plain endbands; gilt edges.

Hand decoration: Contemporary illumination, foliate border with putti and sporting scenes (leaf A2r; similar to Piero de' Medici dedication copy described by Van Praet, p. 64, no. 2) and illuminated initials. Annotations: No marginal notations in text.

Maffeo Pinelli (1736-1785), sale: Edwards (London), 2 March 1789, lot 8956 for £45, to: Haughton James (cited in Dent catalogue as purchased from Edwards); John Dent (1760-1826) (ownership cited in Van Praet, Catalogue des livres sur vélin, IV, no. 85, no. 15), sale: 29 May 1827, lot 276; Sir John Hayford Thorold (1773-1831), Syston Park, bookplate and monogram booklabel (front pastedown), Syston Park Library sale, Sotheby's, 12 Dec. 1884, lot 101; Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased from Maggs Bros., Aug. 1929.