Elegantiae linguae latinae

De lingua latina

Illuminator Pico Master (Italian (active in Venice), 1475–1500), Author Lorenzo Valla (Italian, 1406–1457), Printer Nicolas Jenson (Italian, about 1420–1480)

Place of Publication: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Goff V-51; BMC V 171


Overall: 33 x 21.7 x 6 cm (13 x 8 9/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Printed book, unillustrated, with hand-illuminated coat of arms and eight illuminated initials

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Venice: Nicolas Jenson, 1471) Quarto; 202 leaves [Table bound at beginning]; 18th(?) century gilt-stamped vellum binding, red cloth box.

Illuminated coat of arms and initials, including dragon, peacock, etc.

Venice: Nicolas Jenson, 1471


Priuli family, Venice [see note 1]. 1766, John Peachey, Baron Selsey of Westdean [see note 2]. 1904, Alfred Higgins, London; May 2, 1904, Higgins library sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 237, sold for £30, possibly to Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860 - d. 1928), London; 1935, sold by the estate of Edward Perry Warren to the MFA for $300. (Accession Date: May 2, 1935)

[1] The coat of arms of the Priuli family is on folio 11. [2] Bookplate and inscription: "John Peachey Eius liber London 1766".

Credit Line

George Nixon Black Fund