De bello Italico adversus Gotthos.

Accession number: 
PML 291
Bruni, Leonardo, 1369-1444.
[Venice] : Nicolaus Jenson, [before July] 1471.
[64] leaves ; 26 x 19.5 cm. (4to)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

Title from incipit (leaf [1]/1r): Leonardi Aretini de bello Italico adversus Gotthos.
Colophon (leaf [6]/12r): Gallicus hunc librum impressit nicolaus ienson: / Artifici grates optime lector habe. .M.CCCC.LXXI.
Printed in type 1:115R.
Collation: [1¹² 2-5¹⁰ 6¹²]: 64 leaves.
Paper format: Royal quarto in half-sheets
The book was on sale in Germany by 6 July 1471: M. Cortesi in Vestigia. Studi in onore di Giuseppe Billanovich, I (Rome, 1984), p. 213 (ISTC).
Adapted by Brunus Aretinus from Procopius (GW).
PML copy leaf dimensions: 25.7 x 19.2 cm.
PML copy with leaf 5 loose.

Modern full red gilt-tooled goatskin over boards (26 x 19.5 cm.), sewn on 5 supports by Duru in 1853. Marbled paper pastedowns and fly leaves with plain paper fly leaves; decorative endbands; gilt edges.
Variant Title: 

De bello Italico adversus Gothos gesto.


Hand decoration: Illuminated, white vine borders and initials on blue ground. Annotations: Early notations throughout in several Italian hands.

Unidentified armorial: monogram ID (leaf [1]/1r); Nicolò Tron (d. 1473), Doge of Venice, inscription: Nicolao Trono Duce Venetiarum (inscription or ownership?); Ambroise Firmin-Didot (1790-1876); his sale, part III, 9 June 1881, no. 533; James Ludovic Lindsay, Earl of Crawford (1847-1913); Bibliotheca Lindesiana sale, 13 June 1887, no. 204, to Morris; William Morris (1834-1896), Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, booklabel (front pastedown) and bibliographic notes by Sydney Cockerell, laid-in (front pastedown); Richard Bennett (1849-1930), armorial bookplate (front pastedown) and price code: w/wm/- +___ (front fly leaf verso); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.