Aurelii Augustini ep[iscop]i de civitate dei liber primus feliciter incipit.

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PML 310
Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo.
Confectum Venetiis : ab egregio et diligenti magistro Nicolao Jenson gallico, Anno a nativitate d[omi]ni milesimo quadringe[n]tesimo septuagesimo quinto: sexto nonas octobris [2 October 1475].
[306] leaves ; 30 cm (fol.)
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Purchased with the Irwin collection, 1900.

Title from caption, leaf [3]/1r.
Imprint from colophon, leaf [31]/8v: Aurelii Augustini opus de civitate dei feliciter explicit: confectu[m] venetiis ab egregio [et] dilige[n]ti magistro Nicolao ie[n]son gallico: Petro moze[n]icho principe: Anno a nativitate d[omi]ni milesimo quadringe[n]tesimo septuagesimo quinto: sexto nonas octobris.
PML copy with variant colophon.
Printed in Jenson's types 2:84G and 4:110R.
Collation: [1-2⁸; 3-31¹⁰]: 306 leaves, leaves [1]/1, [2]/8, and [31]/9-10 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 28.6 x 19 cm.
PML copy on vellum.

18th-century English gilt-tooled red morocco over paper boards (30 x 20 cm), sewn on 6 supports. Marbled paper pastedowns and endleaves; decorative endbands; gilt and gauffered edges.

Hand decoration: Illuminated frontispiece including St. Augustine in a study/garden, deer, fictive jewels, 2 cupids slaying a deer, and 2 women by a locked tower by Girolamo de Cremona (leaf [3]/17r), illuminated major initials, alternating red and blue initials with blue or red filigree penwork (possibly also by Girolamo), and alternating red and blue paragraph marks. Annotations: No marginal notations in text.

Pietro Mocenigo (1406-1476), doge of Venice, illuminated armorial (leaf [3]/1r), likely a dedication copy (see colophon); Charles Spencer (1674-1722), 3rd Earl of Sunderland, shelf mark: B 4: 29 (front endleaf 1 verso), through inheritance to: John Winston Spencer-Churchill (1822-1883), 7th Duke of Marlborough, shelf mark: 7 B. 2 (front endleaf 1 verso); Bibliotheca Sunderlandia sale, Puttick & Simpson, part I, 1 Dec. 1881, lot 734 to Quaritch for £1000; Bernard Quaritch, General Catalogue, Monuments of the Early Printers (1888), no. 36576; Theodore Irwin (1827-1902), purchased from Quaritch, Sept. 1891; Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Irwin collection, 1900.