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Aldine. Catullus. Tibullus. Propertius.

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Description

Aldine. Catullus. Tibullus. Propertius.
 
Catullus. Tibullus. Propertius. 
Venezia, in aedibus Aldi, 1502

Three parts in one volume in 8vo. 155x90 mm. Full brown leather binding with gold ornaments, double fillet frame with fleurons at the corners, spine with 5 bands, gilt edges. 152 not numbered leaves. Collation: A-F8-; 2A-D8, E4; a-i8. Blank the leaves i6v, i7v and i8r are. The title is repeated correct at rear. Tibullus's work begins on leaf 2A1, that of Properzio on leaf a1. Italic type. Blank spaces for capitals, with printed guide letters. Very occasional slight foxing, good copy. 

Condition Report

Rare first issue of one of the rarest Aldine Press books, the "Catullus," with the misprint "Propetius" on the title-page, and the error in the header of the preface. The poems of the three most important elegiac authors of the late Roman republic and the first imperial era are brought together. The poems of Catullus, Propertius and Tibullus revealed a new poetic sentiment that rejected the heroic character of the epic tradition in favor of a more familiar tone and intimate subjects such as love, erotic desire, rejection and mourning. "
Work edited by Aldus Manutius and Girolamo Avanzi, as appears in the latter's epistle to Marino Sannuto which is found after the work of Catullus (f. F2v-F4v). The heading of the preface by Aldus Manutius on the verso of the Titlepage reads "... Marino Sannuto patritio Veneto Benedicti filio" ("Benedicti" incorrect, corrected in "Leonardi" in the second issue of the edition)

Bibliography

Adams C-1137; STC Italian 160; Renouard, Alde, 39.16; Ahmanson-Murphy 52; H G. Fletcher, "Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius", Idem, New Aldine Studies, San Francisco, 1988, pp. 100-106.
wed 19 May 2021
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