Ad magnanimum et illustrem heroa Sigismundum Pandulphum Malatestam splendidissimum Ariminensium regem ac imperatorem semper invictum Roberti Valturii rei militaris librorum praefatio.

Accession number: 
PML 472
Valturio, Roberto, 1405-1475.
Veronae impressum : [Boninus de Boninis, de Ragusia], anno d[omi]ni .M.cccc.lxxxiii. xiii. februarii [13 February 1483]
[254] leaves ; 318 mm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1903.

Title from caption in capitals at beginning of preface on leaf a1 recto.
Place and date of printing from colophon on leaf E9 recto; printer's name from Dante Alighieri III's verse on leaf E9 recto, which reads: "Quisquis funesto ualidas sub Marte cohortes ... Ille raguseum tollat super astra Boninum Ingenioq[ue] uiri præmia digna ferat Impressit ..."
Printed in Boninus's types 1:90G (leaf &7r only) and 2:113R.
Signatures: [1⁶]; a¹⁰ b-z⁸ & ¹⁰ [con]¹⁰ A-D⁸ E¹⁰: 312 leaves, leaves [1]/1 and E10 blank. Quire [1] with leaves 2 and 3 signed ii and iii.
Paper format: Chancery folio
Edited by Paulus Ramusius.
Woodcut illustrations on leaves c7v, m1v-m2r, r1r, t5r-z7r, & 5r- & 7r, [con2]r-[con8]r.
1 column of 37 lines. Spaces left blank for initials, occasionally with printed guide letter.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 31.3 x 20.6 cm.

Modern quarter brown goatskin, with printed paper sides, over paper boards (32 x 22 cm.), sewn on 3 supports by Duprez-Lahey. Plain paper pastedowns and fly leaves; plain endbands.

Hand decoration: Rubricated, alternating red and blue initials. Annotations: No marginal notations in text. Manuscript title on bottom edge most trimmed away.

Worms (Rhineland-Pfalz), Capuchins, inscriptions: "FF. Capucinorum Wormatiens[um]" (leaf [1]/1r) and "F. C[a]pucin: Wormatiensum" (leaf [1]/2r); Rev. Edward Betham (1707-1783); his sale, Sotheby's, 13 May 1784; Michael Wodhull (1740-1816), inscription, 27 May 1784 (first paper fly leaf) and armorial (preserved from former binding, now front pastedown), purchased at Betham sale for £0.15.0, through inheritance to his sister-in-law: Mary Ingram, who left it in 1824 to Samuel Amy Severne; J.E. Severne and Wodhull sale, Sotheby's London, 11 January 1886, lot 2653 for £30; Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased from Bernard Quaritch (collation note by F.S. Ferguson preserved from former binding, rear fly leaf), June 1903.