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PLINIUS SECUNDUS. Epistolarum Libri X.

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PLINIUS SECUNDUS. Epistolarum Libri X.
 

PLINIUS CAECILIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius. Epistolarum Libri X.

Venice, Aldo Manuzio & Andrea Torresano, 1508


8vo. 153x95 mm. Bound in stiff vellum, speckled edges. Pages 24 unnumbered, last two blank, 525, 3 unnumbered. Collation: * 8 2 * 4 a-2k8. Leaf 2 * 4 blank. Colophon on page 525 “Venetiis in aedibus Aldi et Andreae Asulani soceri, canteens Nouembri 1508”. Woodcut Aldine device on final verso. Italic, Greek, Roman type. Spaces for Initials with guide letters. Some handwritten inscriptions of previous owners. Very light uniform browning. Good copy.

Condition Report

First complete edition of Plinius's epistles and first book where the association between Aldo and his father-in-law Andrea Asolano officially appears in the colophon. In addition to Pliny's letters, the edition contains other works, including the first ever edition of Iulius Obsequens’s Prodigies. The print is addressed by Aldo to Alvise Mocenigo, the Venetian ambassador to Paris, who had procured him a copy of an authoritative codex on which to collate the text. The first eight books of the Epistolae had come out in 1471, while only some letters of the tenth book had been printed in an edition of the Tacuino of 1502. After the letters of Pliny, some short biographical works whose attribution is discussed at the time uncertain between Pliny and Suetonius. Finally, from page 495, the Prodigiorum liber by Julius Obsequens, in first edition.

Bibliography

Renouard, pp. 53-54. Ahmanson-Murphy 82. Schweiger, pp. 804, 983, 619.
wed 19 May 2021
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