Giacomo Filippo Foresti - Concering Famous Women, 29 April 1497

Giacomo Filippo Foresti (Solto, 1434 - 1520, Bergamo)

Concerning Famous Women [De plurimis claris selectisque mulieribus], 29 April 1497

Printed ink on paper, 32.2 x 22.9 x 2.9 cm (12 11/16 x 9 x 1 1/8 in.) binding


Object details

Accession number



  • Giacomo Filippo Foresti (Solto, 1434 - 1520, Bergamo) - author
  • Lorenzo Di Rossi (active Ferrara, 1482 - 1521) - printer
  • Albertus De Placentia (active Italy, late 15th century) - editor
  • Augustinus De Casali Maiori (active late 15th century) - editor
  • R. De Coverly (London, born 1831) - binder

Object Case

Dante Case



Publication Place


Binding Description

Citron crushed levant morocco; double fillets on sides; tooled back; fillets inside; gilt edges


1 Vol. (176 leaves) : ill. ; 32 cm. (folio)


Collection of the Kupferstichkabinett [Museum of Prints and Drawings], Berlin until 18 October 1881.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the bookseller and publisher Bernard Quaritch (1819-1899), London for £31.10 on 10 March 1887, lot 37074.


Inscribed in pencil (front pastedown): "370"
Stamped (front pastedown): "R. De. Coverly"
Affixed (A1r): bookplate of Isabella Stewart Gardner
Stamped (A1r and z6r): "H. [or K] Kupferstichkabinet in Berlin veräussert 18.10.1881"
Inscribed (a4v): "Rerum quoru[m]dam particularium a claris mulieribus [?]muedam hic et specialis [?] fabula primo v3. Adiunc et compladine inter primu[m] muedu[m]." [in Latin in a late 15th/16th-century hand]
Inscribed in ink (s3r): underline
Inscribed in pencil (end pastedown): "Ea/w/s"
Inscribed in pencil (end pastedown): illegible [probably bookseller's price-code]
Enclosed: paper, inscribed in pencil "1497"
Enclosed: blue paper, inscribed in pencil: "Bergomensis, Jacobus P"
Enclosed: two photocopies of typed bibliographic descriptions


Bernard Quaritch. Catalogue of the Monuments of the Early Printers... (December 1886 - August 1887), lot 37074.
W.A. Copinger. Supplement to Hain's Repertorium Bibliographicum, Part I (London 1895), no. 2813.
Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Books from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1906), p. 9. (as by Fr. Jacobi Philippi Bergomensis; as bound by Roger de Coverly)
Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Manuscripts and Bookbindings from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1922), p. 58. (as bound by Roger De Coverly)
Frederick Richmond Goff. Incunabula in American libraries; a third census of fifteenth-century books recorded in North American collections (New York, 1964), no. J204.
Rebecca Karo. Short-Title Catalogue of Highlights from the Book Collection in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Unpublished manuscript. (Boston, 1970s), no. 7. (as by Jacopo Filippo Foresti da Bergamo)
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, no. 07223, accessed 30 August 2016.
British Library. Incunabula Short Title Catalogue, no. ij00204000, accessed 30 August 2016.
Consuelo W. Dutschke in Jeffrey F. Hamburger et al. Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Newton: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; Cambridge: Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2016), pp. 241, 301-302, no. 239, ill.

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