Collection: BC Incunabula: Incunabula (Brotherton Collection)

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Title: Historia Alexandri magni regis macedonie de prelijs

Other titles: Historia de preliis

Level: Item 

Classmark: BC Incunabula/ALE

Creator(s): Leo Archipresbyter

Additional creator(s): Husner, Georg (1505) (Printer); Chambolle-Duru (Firm) (Binder); Brotherton, Edward Allen 1st baron (1856-1930) (Former owner)

Publisher: [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner)]; [Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner)]

City: Impressa Argentine [Strassburg]

Date: Anno domini.M.cccc.lxxxvj. Finita in die sancti Calixti pape et martiris. [14 October 1486]

Main language: Latin

Size and medium: [38] leaves

Persistent link: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections-explore/37177 

Printed items catalogue: http://lib.leeds.ac.uk/record=b3426910

Collection group(s): Incunabula

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Description

Signatures: a⁸ b-f⁶.

Place and date of publication from colophon, printer from Goff.

Colophon on f5v reads: Historia Alexandri magni finit feliciter Impressa Argentine. Anno domini.M.cccc.lxxxvj. Finita in die sancti Calixti pape et martiris.

Text printed in two columns with 43 lines to a full column.

Initial spaces with guide-letters.

Leaves a2, a3 and a4 signed a, a2 and a3 respectively.

Leaf f6 is blank.

Indexed in: ISTC no. ia00397000.

Indexed in: Hain 779; Goff A397.

Features

Title on title page underlined in red.

Major initials supplied in red, some with decoration extending into the margins.

Paragraph markers suppled in red.

Leaf numbers added in pencil manuscript at the bottom left of rectos.

Wanting the last blank leaf.

Bindings

Nineteenth-century French full brown goatskin binding by Chambolle-Duru whose name is gold-tooled on the turn-in below the front pastedown. The upper and lower covers are blind-tooled with a border of squares enclosing circles which contain a coat of arms with three fleurs-du-lys. Inside the border is an elaborate design of stylised foliage. The book has gilt edges and the board edges are gold-tooled with double fillets. The turn-ins are also gold-tooled with two rows of double fillets containing a design of stylised foliage. The pastedowns are of red marbled paper featuring a combination of the comb and curl patterns in red, yellow, green, blue and cream. The spine has five raised bands and four of the panels are blind-tooled with a design of leaves. Gold-tooled in the second and third panels are the words: Historia Alexandri Magni 1486. The book has a ribbon register in green, orange and yellow striped silk. Watermark of a horned bull's head surmounted by a staff and cross on the title page. Size: 278 x 210mm. Leaf size: 273 x 200mm.

Provenance

Coloured armorial bookplate of Sir Edward Allen Brotherton on the front pastedown. The book was most likely acquired before 17 June 1929 when Brotherton was created Baron Brotherton of Wakefield.

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