Incipit officiu[m] beate marie virginis secundum consuetudine[m] romane curie.

Accession number: 
PML 464
Impressum Neapoli : p[er] Ayolfu[m] de Ca[n]tono, Anno d[omi]ni .Mcccc.lxxxxyi. Die .xxii. Mensis Martii [22 March 1496].
[128] leaves : illustrations (woodcuts) ; 13.5 cm
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

Title from incipit caption, leaf [a]1r.
Imprint from colophon, leaf o8v: Impressum Neapoli p[er] Ayolfu[m] de Ca[n]tono Cive[m] Mediolan[i]. Anno d[omi]ni .Mcccc.lxxxxyi. Die .xxii. Mensis Martii. [Cantono's device, printed in red]
Printed in Cantono's type 2:106R.
Signatures: [1-2, a-b]c-o⁸: 128 leaves.
Paper format undetermined, only known copy on vellum.
Printed in black and red.
Woodcuts and woodcut borders.
PML copy on vellum. Many vellum leaves pre-ruled for manuscript.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 13.5 x 10 cm.

16th-century Italian laced limp parchment (14 x 10.5 cm), sewn on 3 supports. Plain vellum front pastedown and endleaf, vellum manuscript waste rear pastedown; plain endbands; gilt and gauffered edges. 2 ties, missing.
Variant Title: 

Checklist title: Officium beatae Mariae virginis


Hand decoration: Contemporary illuminated initials (on leaves with woodcut borders) and hand-coloring of woodcuts. Annotations: 16th-century Italian marginal notations and Arabic numerals added to calendar. Baldassare Crispi (d. 1602), inquisitor's inscription: "Vidi et nil inveni quod sit contra fidem et bonos mores Baldassar Crispi detto [???]," 16th century (leaf o8v).

Unidentified owner, Gaspar (possibly Gaspar Crispi (d. 1580), Baldassare Crispi's brother), inscription: "Questo libro e de mi Gaspar [??] trovara me lo daga ch [??]" (front endleaf 2 recto, visible under UV); Naples, Theatins, SS. Apostoli (ownership cited in Van Praet, Bibl. publiques et particulières, III, p. 113, no. 153), the monastery was dissolved in 1810 and the library was absorbed by: Napes, Pubblica Bibliotheca della Croce, which was broken up around 1817; Benedetto Maglione (1841-1892), of Naples; his sale, Paris, 22 Jan. 1894, lot 34 to Quaritch; Bernard Quaritch, A Catalogue of Italian Literature, cat. 140 (1894), no. 1183 for £60 and Bibliotheca Liturgica, cat. 154 (1895), no. 244 for £60; Richard Bennett (1849-1930), armorial bookplate (front endleaf 1 recto) and bibliographical notes: No. 13, 5/5/96 and price code: em/-/- +com (front pastedown); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.