Ars epistola[n]di Francisci nigri veneti doctoris clarissimi.

Negri, Francesco, 1452-approximately 1523 [Browse]
[Augsburg. Johann Schönsberger] Impressum Anno dei M.cccc.xcix. 1499.
[i] ii-xxxi [xxxii] ll. wdcut (title).


  • Ownership in ink on verso of final leaf "Batholomeus Lorber possesor huius libri.
  • some inked marginalia in the text, with some modifications of the illustrated title. blank lower third of final leaf cut away, supplied.
  • Ex-libris on f. pastedown and in blank space below colophon.
  • The Accipies woodcut on the title has been augmented by an early student who has added a chain around the neck of the student reading his lesson, the end being pulled by the master.
  • A-B8 C-D4 E8. 43 lines with the addition of a head line containing the foliation.
  • This work appeared in more than 20 editions in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Spain in the 15th century alone. It was first superseded by Erasmus's "De conscribendis epistolis" (1522). Negri gives advice concerning business, congratulations and condolence letters, but also for personal corespondence such as love letters and insulting letters [!!!], with the usual advice on modes of address for persons of different classes.
  • Negri taught for a long time in Hungary under King Mattthias Corvinus and later in Venice in Padua. The last letter in the collection is a thank-you letter from the dedicateeJacobus Geroldus aus Knittelfeld to Negri.
Binding note
recent 1/2 vellum, paste bds.
Lorber, Bartholomeus
Other title(s)
Ars elegantissima scribendi epistolas Francisci nigri... [Incipit].
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