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Decorated page from Cornelius Nepos: Vitae imperatorum, sive De vita illustrium virorum

Decorated page from Cornelius Nepos: Vitae imperatorum, sive De vita illustrium virorum

Cornelius Nepos: Vitae imperatorum, sive De vita illustrium virorum. Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 8 Mar. 1471. Opening page of main text ([2r]) with a six-line woodcut initial “N” decorated in silver (now oxidised) and embellished with white-vine decoration defined in blue and green with a pattern of white dots - the initial is on a purple square ground with a pattern of white dots; similarly decorated woodcut borders at top and bottom of the page; the lower border incorporates a reserved white shield with the partially painted arms of the (?)Strozzi family of Florence - three increscents on a fess; the left-hand border is of two vertical lines painted in red and in (oxidized) silver and the right-hand border is a band of green laurel leaves; title incipit. Sp Coll Euing BD9-d.10.

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Photo taken on 11 August 2010 (© University of Glasgow Library / Flickr)

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