C. Plinii secvndi novocomensis oratoris epistolarvm.

Accession number: 
PML 51238.1
Pliny, the Younger.
[Venice] : [Johannes Rubeus Vercellensis], [about 1492]
[108] leaves ; 22 cm (4to)
Credit Line: 
Purchased in 1960.

Authorship of De viris illustribus unknown. Here attributed to Pliny, although Sextus Aurelius Victor was generally but erroneously preferred from the 16th century. (M. M. Sage, The De Viris Illustribus: authorship and date, Hermes 108 (1980), pp 83-100).
Title from caption, leaf a2r: C. Plinii secvndi novocomensis oratoris epistolarvm liber primvs.
Imprint from GW.
Printed in Rubeus's types 2:82R and 17:82Gr.
IGI and CIBN date this edition about 1500; Rhodes dates about 1492-95.
Signatures: a-k⁸ l-m⁴ n⁶; A-B⁴ C⁶: 108 leaves, leaf a1 blank.
Paper format: Chancery quarto.
Edited by Antonius Moretus, with epigram in honor of Moretus by Marcellus Philoxenus.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 21.1 x 15.6 cm.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: a1 (blank).

15th/early 16th-century (German?) longstitch sewing, on 2 supports, with vellum envelope wrapper. Vellum front endleaf.
Variant Title: 

C. Plinii secundi novocomensis oratoris epistolarum


Hand decoration: Contemporary (German?) rubrication, red and blue initials (primary initials with penwork decoration), red paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining; same throughout volume. Annotations: A few contemporary (not Italian hand?) marginal notations in text, mainly at incipits; in same hand, contents list (front endleaf 1 recto) and title inscription (spine). Manuscript title on wrapper spine.

15th-century ownership inscription, abraded: "Liber donis(?) [????] den Clengenberch" [Klingenberg, Bavaria or Saxony?] (front endleaf 1 recto); George Dunn (1864-1912), Woolley Hall, Maidenhead, notes and price code: [gamma eta], purchased Nov. 1906 (front endleaf 1 recto), his sale, Sotheby's, part III, 22 Nov. 1917, lot 3597; Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased from E. Ph. Goldschmidt, Nov. 1960.