De bello Italico adversus Gotthos.

Accession number: 
PML 125451
Bruni, Leonardo, 1369-1444.
[Venice] : Nicolaus Jenson, [before July] 1471.
[64] leaves ; 28.5 x 19.5 cm. (4to)
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Berle Estate, 1994.

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: 27.5 x 18.7 cm.

19th-century red straight-grained gilt-tooled morocco over paper boards (28.5 x 19.5 cm.), sewn on 5 supports by Bozérian le Jeune (signed on back). Silk pastedowns and fly leaves with plain paper fly leaves; decorative endbands; gilt edges.
Variant Title: 

De bello Italico adversus Gothos gesto


Hand decoration: Pen and ink wash initial and border with Priuli armorial (leaf [1]/1r) and large historiated initials on blue and yellow ground, in the style of Girolamo da Cremona. Annotations: No marginal notations in text.

Priuli family of Venice, painted armorial (leaf [1]/1r); William Beckford (1760-1844), his library descended to his daughter Susan Euphemia Beckford Hamilton (1786-1859) and son-in-law Alexander Douglas Hamilton (1767-1852) 10th Duke of Hamilton; Hamilton Palace Library sale, Sotheby's, 1 May 1884, lot 101; Robert Hoe (1839-1909), book label (front fly leaf); his sale, Anderson Auction Company, part II, 8 Jan. 1912, lot 128 for $180.00; Cortlandt F. Bishop (1870-1935), book label (front fly leaf); his sale, Anderson Auction Gallery, 5 April 1938, lot 361; Dr. Beatrice Bishop Berle (1902-1993); Pierpont Morgan Library, gift of the Berle Estate, 1994.