CEPIO, Coriolanus (1425-93). Petri Mocenici imperatoris gesta. Venice: Bernhard Maler, Erhard Ratdolt, and Peter Löslein, 1477.
Super-chancery 4° (205 x 159mm). Collation: a-f8 g6 (a1 blank, a2r dedication to Marcantonio Morosini, a3r text, g5v colophon, g6 blank). 54 leaves. 23-4 lines. Type: 1:109R, a few words of Greek. Woodcut vine-work border to a2, woodcut initials. 18th-century vellum over thin pasteboard, pastepaper pastedowns, red edges (small wormholes at spine), modern grey morocco-backed solander box. Provenance: a few contemporary marginal annotations -- Joseph Bufera of Fabriano (inscription) -- Fabriano, Cathedral library, gift of prior Franciscus Bufera in 1766 (inscription) -- George Dunn of Woolley Hall (bookplate, pencilled notes on flyleaf, sale Sotheby's, 22 November 1917, lot 2021, £18.10 to Quaritch) -- C.S. Ascherson (bookplate) -- George Abrams (booklabel, sale Sotheby's, 16 November 1989, lot 33).
FIRST EDITION of this first-hand account of the Levantine expedition against the Turks (1470-74) following Negroponte. The author, the humanist nobleman Coriolano Cippico, accompanied the future Doge Pietro Mocenigo at the battle of Scutari, and he describes ancient monuments and their epigraphs as well as the capture of Smyrna, the Venetian protectorate of Cyprus, and Scutari. He takes great care in highlighting the Venetian victories under Mocenigo, in contrast to the earlier failure of Mocenigo's predecessor, Niccolò Canal, at Negroponte. This is probably the first appearance of the fine woodcut border surrounding the dedication; its slightly different placement in various copies indicates that it was printed separately from the type-page (see A. Vincent in Gutenberg-Jahrbuch, 1929, p.102). A LARGE, FRESH COPY. HC *4849; GW 6473; BMC V, 244 (IA. 10488-9); Pellechet 3474; IDL 1206; IGI 2684; Sander 1912; Essling 254; Redgrave 5; Goff C-378.