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Introduction to the SIL Incunabula CollectionExplore the Incunabula CollectionVisit the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

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Author: Pliny, the Elder
Short Title: Historia naturalis. Italian (1476)
Title: Historia naturale / di. C. Plinio Secondo ; tradocta di lingua Latina in Fiorentina per Christophoro Landino Fiorentino al Serenissimo Fernando re di Napoli.
Imprint: Venice: Opus Nicolai Iansonis Gallici, impressum anno salutis 1476.
Comments and Notes: ISTC uses author form: Plinius Secundus, Gaius (Pliny, the Elder). First Italian edition. Caption title, from incipit (p. [3]). Imprint from colophon (p. [828]). The first and last leaves are blank; both are lacking in Dibner Library copy. Leaves printed on both sides; 50 lines per page; unsigned gatherings. Guide letters. Bookplate: Burndy Library ... gift of Bern Dibner. Old ms. annotations; some affected by cropped margins. Dibner Library copy has none of the variant readings listed in Hain for this edition. Imperfect: Pages [19]-[20] removed from Dibner Library copy; these severely trimmed pages, with much loss of text, have been laid in. The last 50 pages or so of text are water damaged and have been badly repaired, affecting text in places. Two short printed articles about this edition have been laid in; a typed exhibit card from Brandeis University and a pencilled note on the "mandragora" also laid in. Modern binding of embossed full leather; gilt- and black-stamped covers and spine; marbled endpapers; top edge gilt. Binder's title reads: Plinii Historia naturale. Jenson sent 24 copies to the commissioner Giambattista Ridolfi about the beginning of June 1476; Ridolfi had received 1003 copies (of the 1025 to be printed, each to be sold at seven ducats) by 20 Sept. See F. Edler de Roover in La Bibliofilia, 55 (1953), 110-11.
Smithsonian Call Number: QH41 .P72 I1476
ISTC
Goff
Hain-Copinger
GW
Proctor
Polain
UKBYIP00801000-B
P-0801
 
 
 
 

Author: Pliny, the Elder
Short Title: Historia naturalis. Italian (1481)
Title: Libro primo [-ultimo] della Naturale historia / di C. Plinio Secondo ; tradocta i[n] lingua Fiorentina per Cristophoro Landino Fiorentino al Serenissimo Ferdinando Re di Napoli.
Imprint: Venice: [Filippo di Pietro, 1481]
Comments and Notes: ISTC uses author form: Plinius Secundus, Gaius (Pliny, the Elder). Title from incipit (leaf a2 recto). Imprint from Goff. Colophon (leaf K8 verso) reads: Opus Magistri Philippi Veneti impressum anno salutis M.cccclxxxi. Venetiis. Signatures: a8 b6 2a-2b8 c-h8 i-o6 p8 q10 r-z8 [et]8 [con]8 [rum]8 A-I8 K10. Errors in signatures. Leaves a1, b6 and K10 are probably blank; each lacking in Dibner Library copy. Leaves printed on both sides; 58-59 lines per page. Text in double columns. Guide letters. Illuminated initial on leaf a2 recto. Some ms. annotations in ink. Bookplate: Burndy Library ... gift of Bern Dibner. Anonymous bookseller's catalogue description of this edition (and possibly copy) has been tipped in on front free endpaper. Illegible provenance ms. note on front free endpaper. Bound in quarter-vellum over blue paste-paper boards; gilt tooled binder's label which reads: Plinius Secundus. Naturale historia.
Smithsonian Call Number: QH41 .P72 I1481
ISTC
Goff
Hain-Copinger
GW
Proctor
Polain
UKBYIP00802000-B
P-0802