Pius II, Pope [aka Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini] (1405-1464) Edited by Nicolaus de Wyle (1410-1479) Epistolae Familiares. De Duobus amantibus Euryalo et Lucretia. Descriptio urbis Viennensis. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1496. Thick quarto, large nine-line initial on the first leaf of text decorated in red, green, blue, black and white, with a gold ground, single column of roman letter throughout, initials added in red and blue, some marginalia; bound in later full parchment (a reversed document) over boards, large bookplate of Baron Leconfield pasted inside front board, some worming, top inch of title trimmed away and replaced with loss of the first line of text on verso (supplied in pen facsimile), 7 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.
A-Z8, a-v8, x4.
Goff P720; HC 156*; GfT 1164; Pell 95; CIBN P-415; Hillard 1635; Arnoult 1197; Girard 373; Zehnacker 1889; Castan (Besançon) 8; Polain (B) 3170; Oates 1040, 1041; Bod-inc P-321; Sheppard 1538; Pr 2107; BMC II 442; BSB-Ink P-523; GW M33699.
This work presents 400 valuable letters written before Pius's service as Pope. He lived an exciting life, fathered children in Scotland and Brittany, served in the court of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III in Vienna, and was crowned imperial poet laureate in 1442. His epistles are an important source of historical information for the period and include many detailed eye-witness accounts of his activities, including a description of the enthronement ceremony of the Carinthian dukes on the Prince's Stone and the Duke's Chair.
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