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Erhardus Ratdolt
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Translated from the Arabic by Adelard of Bath, ed. with notes by Campanus. Title from: Incipit leaf [2]a. References: BMC (xv cent.) V, p. 286 (IB. 20513); Hain *6693. Signatures: a¹⁰, b-r⁸ [last blank]. 45 lines; Gothic type. Folio [2]a, text: first two lines printed in red, woodcut border on three sides with roundel in lower border. Woodcut initials and marginal diagrams throughout. Dedicated to Doge Giovanni Mocenigo. Re-bound in 18th cent. red morocco with gilt spine and edges, border decorations, marbled end papers, some marginal diagrams cropped. Spine title: Euclid./Opera/Editio/Princ./Venet./1482.
Colophon: Opus elementorū euclidis megarensis in geometriā artē In id quoqzˉ Campani psˉpicacissimi Comentationes finiūt. Erhardus ratdolt Augustensis impressor solertissimus. Venetiis impressit. Anno salutis, M.cccc.lxxxii. Octauis Calenˉ. Iunˉ. Folios [4, 5] slightly repaired at top, folio [8] has brown stains and is from another copy. Folio [1b] borders ruled in red, folio [2a] initial P rubricated, coat of arms hand-coloured in red and yellow. Ms. notes on fly leaf, some ms. notes with diagrams on early folios. Provenance: Strozzi family of Florence, with their arms on folio [2a] ; Louis-Cesar de la Baume le Blanc, duc de la Valliere, 1708-1780, who probably had the vol. bound ; Michael Wodhull, 1740-1816, with his ms. notes on fly leaf: M. Wodhull, Apr. 27th 1784 from the Duc de la Valiere's Auction ; later owned by Ives, Ross Winans, Penrose, with their bookplates.
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4 February 2016