Epistolae / Phalaris.

Accession number: 
MS M.1163
Epistolae / Phalaris.
Naples, Italy, ca. 1465-1470.
Orange morocco by Katharine Adams, 1905 (signed on lower turn-in), the title gilt on the spine and upper cover, gilt edges, vellum endleaves; in a black quarter morocco fitted case, title gilt.--Cf. Sotheby's.
Melvin R. Seiden Collection, 2007.
93 leaves (1 column, 20 lines), bound : vellum, ill. 195 x 130 mm
The shield of arms on the title-page is blank and there is no evidence of early ownership; purchased in May 1905 for £16 from J. and F. Leighton by Charles Harry St John Hornby (1867-1946), his MS.8, his bookplate and notes on the flyleaf, with an envelope enclosing relevant cuttings notes and two letters (March 1915) to Hornby from Sir Sydney Cockerell about the scribe; purchased on 16 September 1946 for £130 from Hornby's executors by Major J.R. Abbey (1894-1969), his JA.3168, no. 26 in the catalgoue of Abbey's Italian manuscripts, 1969; his sale (Sotheby's March 25, 1975, lot 2961); to the British Rail Pension Fund; sold by them in 1988 to Mr. (now Sir) J. Paul Getty, Jr.; sale (London, Sotheby's, December 6, 2001).

Ms. epistles of Phalaris; written and illuminated in Naples, Italy, ca. 1465-1470.
Decoration: illuminated title page; illuminated initials throughout.
Artist: Cola Rapicano.
Scribe: Giovanmarco Cinico (identified by Sydney Cockerell, cf. his enclosed letter).
Collation: i-x8, xi6, xii7 [a further blank cancelled at end]; alphabetical signatures in pale red capitals on last leaves.--Cf. Sotheby's.

small rounded humanistic hand