|Creator:||Zacchi, Gaspare., creator|
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Copied by a single scribe writing Humanistica Cursiva Formata very close in aspect to Humanistica Textualis, with relatively numerous and unusual abbreviations. A second hand, probably the author, has corrected the scribe's errors.
Sale of the Chardin library, Paris, 9 Febr. 1824, lot 2448. Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872; his stamp with the number 864). Sotheby sale of Phillipps manuscripts, London, 30 Nov. 1965, lot 35. Collection of Major J.R. Abbey (1894-1969; his bookplate on the front pastedown), MS JA. 7353. Sotheby sale of Abbey library, London, the eleventh portion, after 1978........, lot 3023. Purchased on the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund.
Chapter numbering in the outer margins in Roman numerals written in pale red ink. The headings and Finis on f. 9r are written in Capitalis in pale red ink. The nine chapters open with a plain initial alternately blue and pale red. Between two chapters one line is left free. The Prologus (f. 2r-v) opens with a 3-line gold initial on a blue-red-green rectangular background decorated with white and gold penwork. The body of text opens on f. 3r with a 5-line white vinestem initial with full-length marginal extension. F. 1v contains the coat of arms of the city of Bologna, f. 10r the coat of arms of the author, both in full colour.
Binding: ea. 19th century by Rene Simier (d. 1826). Citron morocco over pasteboard, both covers with delicate gold-tooled frame, the spine gold-tooled, with gold-tooled title GASP. / RESP. and binder's signature at the foot REL. P(ar) SI.. Gilt edges. Grey marbled endpapers.
Cite as Gaspare Zacchi, Bononiensium Res Publica. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
The author (d. 1474) in 1450-1455, being protonotary of Volterra, was a member of Cardinal Bessarion's legation to Bologna. In 1460 he became bishop of Osimo. At the time he wrote the present treatise he was prefect of Tivoli (Arx Tiburtina).
J.J.G. Alexander, A.C. de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts in the Library of Major J.R. Abbey (London, 1969), no. 37 and pl. XI.VIb.
Manuscript on parchment (goatskin) of Gaspare Zacchi, Bononiensium res publica. Most probably the dedication copy, sent by the author from Tivoli to the Signoria of Bologna on or soon after 29 Nov. 1471.
ff. ii + 10 + ii : parchment ; 155 x 95 mm.
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