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Caii Iulii Caesaris Commentarios belli gallici civilis Pompeiana Alexandrini Africi ac Hispaniensis

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Caii Iulii Caesaris Commentarios belli gallici civilis Pompeiana Alexandrini Africi ac Hispaniensis
Title
Caii Iulii Caesaris Commentarios belli gallici civilis Pompeiana Alexandrini Africi ac Hispaniensis
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Language
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Citation location within source
  • C-17
  • volume V, page 169
  • 4213
Citation source
  • Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries
  • Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum
  • Copinger, W.A. Supplement to Hain’s Repertorium bibliographicum
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Caii Iulii Caesaris Commentarios belli gallici civilis Pompeiana Alexandrini Africi ac Hispaniensis
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Note
  • Title from colophon
  • Incipit of text: "Caii Iulii Caesaris commentariorum liber primus de bello gallico abipso confecto."
  • Signatures: [a-b1c-e8f-i1k-m8n1o8p1q1]; see Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum
  • First and final leaves are blank
  • Illuminations: first page bordered on three sides with fine white-vine penwork heightened in blue, green, purple and gilt; illuminated initial G entwined with white vine stems on purple, green, and blue ground as a half frame, painted by the German miniaturist from Reesen near Rothenburg, master Gioacchino di Giovanni de Gigantibus, who worked in Italy, primarily Rome, between 1460 and 1485; another illuminated initial "C" on verso of leaf [10], in a similar but less elaborate design, but in the same colors; coat-of-arms of the Carafa di Statera, one of the two branches of the Neapolitan Carafa family in lower margin of first page of text, featuring three horizontal bars--originally white/argent, now oxidized to black--on a field of red; shield in the center of two concentric gilt circles flanked by two putti drawn in fine pen lines, and two steelyards (a steelyard being a type of balance for weighing objects). When the Carafa family divided into two branches, one added a green thorn on the side of the family shield and took the name Carafa di Spina; the other added a steelyard (statera) and became Carafa di Statera. For additional description, see Mrs. Bury Palliser, Historic devices, badges and war-cries (London: Sampson Low, Son & Marston, 1870), pages 64-65 (available at archive.org)
  • Text printed in roman type, with spaces left for capitals; without guide letters. Jenson's first use of roman type occured in 1470, and this book is a very early example of that type. The type historian Daniel Berkeley Updike wrote "The characteristics of Jenson's font were its readability, its mellowness of form, and the evenness of color in mass...His letter forms were not very perfect; had they been so, their effect would not have been so good...No other man produced quite so fine a font, or had better taste in the composition of a page and its imposition upon paper" (see Printing types: their history, form, and use, I:73-74)
Dimensions
34 cm (folio)
Extent
[296] pages
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: imperfect, blank leaves wanting. Bound in 18th-century quarter brown morocco and blue pastepaper boards. Marginal annotations in a contemporary hand, with some loss of the manuscript text in trimming; repairs on pages [2]-[10] unaffecting text. Book label on front pastedown of Henry Probasco, whose books were given to the Newberry Library in Chicago; this book sold by the Newberry as a duplicate before the identification of the artist was made; deaccession label of the Newberry Library on back pastedown. In modern beige cloth and brown leather clamshell case; gold-stamped spine title "Caesar. Commentarii. 1471." Purchase, Heritage Book Shop, 1986.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)17928901
  • ucoclc17928901
Label
Caii Iulii Caesaris Commentarios belli gallici civilis Pompeiana Alexandrini Africi ac Hispaniensis
Publication
Note
  • Title from colophon
  • Incipit of text: "Caii Iulii Caesaris commentariorum liber primus de bello gallico abipso confecto."
  • Signatures: [a-b1c-e8f-i1k-m8n1o8p1q1]; see Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum
  • First and final leaves are blank
  • Illuminations: first page bordered on three sides with fine white-vine penwork heightened in blue, green, purple and gilt; illuminated initial G entwined with white vine stems on purple, green, and blue ground as a half frame, painted by the German miniaturist from Reesen near Rothenburg, master Gioacchino di Giovanni de Gigantibus, who worked in Italy, primarily Rome, between 1460 and 1485; another illuminated initial "C" on verso of leaf [10], in a similar but less elaborate design, but in the same colors; coat-of-arms of the Carafa di Statera, one of the two branches of the Neapolitan Carafa family in lower margin of first page of text, featuring three horizontal bars--originally white/argent, now oxidized to black--on a field of red; shield in the center of two concentric gilt circles flanked by two putti drawn in fine pen lines, and two steelyards (a steelyard being a type of balance for weighing objects). When the Carafa family divided into two branches, one added a green thorn on the side of the family shield and took the name Carafa di Spina; the other added a steelyard (statera) and became Carafa di Statera. For additional description, see Mrs. Bury Palliser, Historic devices, badges and war-cries (London: Sampson Low, Son & Marston, 1870), pages 64-65 (available at archive.org)
  • Text printed in roman type, with spaces left for capitals; without guide letters. Jenson's first use of roman type occured in 1470, and this book is a very early example of that type. The type historian Daniel Berkeley Updike wrote "The characteristics of Jenson's font were its readability, its mellowness of form, and the evenness of color in mass...His letter forms were not very perfect; had they been so, their effect would not have been so good...No other man produced quite so fine a font, or had better taste in the composition of a page and its imposition upon paper" (see Printing types: their history, form, and use, I:73-74)
Dimensions
34 cm (folio)
Extent
[296] pages
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: imperfect, blank leaves wanting. Bound in 18th-century quarter brown morocco and blue pastepaper boards. Marginal annotations in a contemporary hand, with some loss of the manuscript text in trimming; repairs on pages [2]-[10] unaffecting text. Book label on front pastedown of Henry Probasco, whose books were given to the Newberry Library in Chicago; this book sold by the Newberry as a duplicate before the identification of the artist was made; deaccession label of the Newberry Library on back pastedown. In modern beige cloth and brown leather clamshell case; gold-stamped spine title "Caesar. Commentarii. 1471." Purchase, Heritage Book Shop, 1986.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)17928901
  • ucoclc17928901

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