Title: Preclarissimus liber elementorum Euclidis perspicacissimi, in artem geometrie incipit qua[m] foelicissime
Other titles: Elements; Elementa geometriae; Euclidis Elementa
Classmark: BC Safe/EUC
Creator(s): Euclid (fl. 300 B.C-)
Additional creator(s): Adelard of Bath (ca. 1116-1142) (Other); Campano da Novara (d. 1296) (Other); Ratdolt, Erhard (1447?-1527 or 1528) (Printer); Malaspina, Manfredi marchese di Filattiera (1720-1787) (Former owner); Sadler, Sir Michael (1861-1943) (Donor)
Publisher: Erhardus Ratdolt Augustensis impressor solertissimus Venetijs impressit; Erhard Ratdolt
City: Venetijs [Venice]
Date: anno Salutis 1482 octauis Calen[darum] Iun[ij]. [25 May 1482]
Main language: Latin
Size and medium:  pages
Printed items catalogue: http://lib.leeds.ac.uk/record=b3447407
Collection group(s): Incunabula
Signatures: a¹⁰ b-r⁸.
Title from incipit in red on a2r.
Imprint from colophon.
Colophon on r7v reads: Opus elementoru[m] euclidis megarensis in geometria[m] arte[m] In id quoq[ue] Campani p[er]spicacissimi Co[m]mentationes finiu[n]t. Erhardus ratdolt Augustensis impressor solertissimus. venetijs impressit. Anno salutis.M.cccc.lxxxij. Octauis. Calen[das] Jun[is]. Lector. Vale.
Contents: Erhard Ratdolt. [Dedication letter addressed to] Johannes Mocenicus, Doge of Venice, a1v; Euclides. Elementa geometriae, Books 1-13, translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, revised by Campanus Novariensis, a2r-q3r; Campanus [Novariensis]. [Commentary on Elementa], a2v-r7v; [Pseudo-] Euclides [i.e. Hypsicles]. Elementa geometriae, Book 14, translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, revised by Campanus Novariensis, q3r-r4r; [Pseudo-] Euclides; [Pseudo-Isidorus Milesius]. Elementa geometriae, Book 15, translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis or Gerardus Cremonensis, revised by Campanus Novariensis, r4r-r7v; colophon, r7v.
Also published on vellum and illuminated. Variations in the incipit, dedication, headlines in the first signature, etc. are recorded, issued with the same colophon.
Text begins on a1v with a dedicatory letter by Erhard Ratdolt to Doge Mocenigo: Erhradus ratdolt Augustensis impressor[um] Serenissimo alme vrbis venete Principi Ioanm Mocenico. S.
Woodcut three-sided ornamental border on leaf a2r.
Ornamental woodcut initials, large and small, throughout.
Woodcut geometrical diagrams in the margins throughout.
Printed running titles from leaf a10r giving book numbers, Liber I-Liber XV.
The first two leaves a1 and a2 are unsigned.
The final leaf r8 is blank.
Indexed in: ISTC no. ie00113000.
Indexed in: BMC V 285 (IB.20513); Goff, E-113; Sander, 2605; GW 9428.
Leaf numbers 1-42 have been added in black ink manuscript to the top right of rectos from leaf [a2r] to f1r, i.e. up to the end of Liber VI.
Marginal annotations throughout, late fifteenth- or early sixteenth-century.
Nine leaves with notes in black ink manuscript, late fifteenth- or early sixteenth-century, accompanied by geometrical diagrams and an attempt at a table of contents, have been bound in at the front of the book.
The large ornamental woodcut initial on [a2r] has been coloured in blue and green.
The circle at the bottom of the woodcut ornamental border on [a2r] has been coloured in green and brown.
Paragraph markers highlighted in red until e2r.
Some worm damage.
Late fifteenth-century or early sixteenth-century binding of full dark brown calf over bevelled wooden boards, rebacked. The upper and lower covers are blind-tooled with a border of triple fillets with three rows running hoizontally and one vertically to form a grid containing eight compartments. Each compartment is blind-tooled or marked with a different geometrical figure. The new spine has three raised bands. Gold-tooled in the second panel are the words: Euclidis Geometria. Gold-tooled at the base of the spine are the place and date: Venetiis 1482. Above the place and date is the University Library Leeds stamp in gold. On the back cover are two decorated metal clasps in the shape of a flower and there are the remains of two sets of three small star-shaped rivets on the upper cover where the other part of the clasp was once attached. Parts of the lower cover have been restored. Size: 316 x 225mm. Leaf size: 301 x 210mm.
Inscription, eighteenth-century, in black ink manuscript on leaf [a1r]: Del M[arche]se Manfredi Malaspina di Filattiera Aº: 1746.
A book label of the University Library Leeds on the front pastedown reads: Presented by An Anonymous Donor. The book was given to the Library by Sir Michael Sadler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds from 1911 to 1923.
Pencil manuscript accession number 7547 on the verso of the first of the nine leaves bound in at the front of the book. Date of accession to the Library of the University of Leeds can be identified as 28 September 1922.
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