• VIRGIL, OPERA. Venice: Vindelinus de Spira, 1470

Curatorial Note:
  • After Johannes de Spira died in early 1470, his brother Vindelinus undertook an ambitious printing program, including the earliest explicitly dated edition of Virgil’s works. Printed in a pleasingly balanced roman typeface, this edition was textually superior to those printed in Rome and Strasbourg. In Princeton’s vellum copy, one of nine surviving, the beginning of the Bucolics features a richly illuminated border with antique motifs, tentatively ascribed to the miniaturist Franco dei Russi of Mantua, active in Venice in 1471–1472.
  • Virgil
Uniform title:
  • Works. 1470
  • VRG copy is from the Sunderland Library.
  • VRG copy has booklabels of Brayton Ives., no. 1028, and Junius Spencer Morgan.
Former owner:
  • Sunderland, Charles Spencer, Earl of, 1674-1722
  • Ives, Brayton, 1840-1914
  • Morgan, Junius Spencer
  • Virgil
  • Latin
Call number:
  • Oversize VRG 2945.1470q
  • 161 leaves (the last two blank) ; 33 cm. (fol.)
  • Book
  • New York Times, Sept. 30, 1891, p. 9, records John Pierce, NY bookseller, purchased this lot at Ives auction for $3000 and subsequently sold it to Junius Spencer Morgan.
  • Gathering: [16]
  • No. of lines varies; type 1 (cf. Haebler); printed in black.
  • Leaf 1a: Publii Virgilii maronis bucolicorum Liber incipit: Aegloga prima Tityrus & melibeus: Titye tu pauvlae recubans sub tegmine fagi Siluestrem tenui musam meditaris auena. Ends, leaf 161b, l. 11: .M.CCCC.LXX.
  • First dated edition; printed on parchment.
  • VRG copy has initials and decorations illuminated red, blue, green and gold.
  • [Venice] : Vindelinus de Spira, 1470.
Title sort:
  • Opera.
Binding note:
  • VRG copy in later red goatskin with French fillet and outer dentelles in gold; marbled endpapers; in dark blue goatskin pull-off case.
  • Goff V-150
  • BM 15th cent., V, p. 154 (IB.19525b)
  • Copinger 6003
  • Sunderland, C. S. Bibliotheca Sunderlandiana 13041
  • Ives, B. Catalogue of the collection of books and manuscripts belonging to Mr. Brayton Ives no. 1028 (p. 292-293, with illustration of title page)
  • Wendelin, of Speier, d. 1477?
  • 1470-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • 1470
  • ark:/88435/2b88qh52c
  • HSVR Oversize VRG 2945.1470q
Edm rights:
  • No Known Copyright
Range label:
  • Logical
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