G. Ivlii Caesaris Commentariorvm de bello Gallico liber primvs-[septimvs].

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PML 62834.1
Caesar, Julius.
Tarvissii : Michael Manzolinus Parmensis, Anno gratiae MCCCCLXXX pridie Kalendas Quintilis [30 June 1480]
[168] leaves ; 30 cm. (fol.)
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Purchased as the gift of Julia P. Wightman, 1972.

Title from incipit (leaf a2r).
Imprint from colophon (leaf x5r): Commentariorum de bello Gallico, civili Pompeiano: Alexandrino Hispaniensi: et Africo liber ultimus finit: quos Michael Manzolinus Parmensis liberariorum solertissimus suo sumptu fieri curavit. Tarvisii anno gratiae .MCCCCLXXX. pridie Kalendas Quintilis.
Printed in Manzolus's type 2:83R.
Signatures: a-u⁸/⁶ x⁶; A-B⁸ C⁶: 168 leaves, leaf a1 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio.
Edited by Hieronymus Bononius.
Text includes portion of De bello Gallico by Aulus Hirtius and other works variously ascribed to Caesar, Hirtius, or C. Oppius; index of Marlianus also inclucded.
"Reprinted, often with the same page-contents, from the edition of Zarotus, Milan, 1477 (IB.25973), with the omission of the dedicatory letter of Philelphus and the addition of the letter and verses by Bononius and of head-lines and marginal summaries. The last sentence of the De bello Hispaniensi is left fragmentary"--BM 15th cent.
44 lines and head-line. Printed marginalia. Capital spaces.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 28.5 x 19.8 cm.

Contemporary brocade cloth over wooden boards (30 x 20.5 cm.), sewn on 4 supports, bound for Budé. Plain vellum pastedowns; braided decorative endbands. Stamped brass bosses and two pairs of brass clasps and catches.
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G. Julii Caesaris Commentariorum de bello Gallico liber primus-[septimus]


Hand decoration: Northeastern France, illuminated initial with Budé's armorial and foliate border (leaf a2r); rubricated with red and blue puzzle initials, red paragraph marks, and yellow capital fill. Annotations: No marginal notations in text. Contemporary drawings, pen trials, and inscriptions on pastedowns.

Jean Budé (1425-1500/01), illuminated armorial (leaves a2r of Commentarii and a2r of Oratore) and inscription: "Hic liber est Johannis budei Regis consiliarii francieque audienciarii actus anno m cccc iiii xx vi quinta decembris. Bude" (leaf l7v of Oratore); Johann Gaisser, active at Sorbonne 1494-1502, inscription: "Pro magistro Johanne gaisser" (leaf a2r of Commentarii) and purchase inscription from librairie de Marnef: "Hic Liber est Johan gaisser [??] [??] parisius in signo pellicani [???] 1493" (leaf l7v of Oratore); Johannes Capek Vindelicus (of Vienna), signature, 16th century (leaf l8v of Oratore); Gumuchian et cie. (1929), cat. XII, no. 2 and (1931) cat. XIV, no. 46; Raphael Esmerian, monogram booklabel (front pastedown); his sale, Paris, 6 June 1972, lot 18; Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased via J.F. Fleming as the gift of Julia P. Wightman, June 1972.