Printed 1502: First Aldine Edition - Post Incunable For SalePRINTED 1502: FIRST ALDINE EDITION
HANDSOME COPY WITH FULL GAUFFERED EDGESThe Book:
STATIUS, PUBLIUS PAPINIUS. Sylvarum libri quinque. Thebaidos libriduodecim. Achilleidos duo [with Orthographia et flexus dictionum
omnium apud Statium] Venetiis : in aedibus Aldi,1502. (Venice: Houseof Aldus, August1502). Includes register and colophon leaves in
Statius and anchor device at end of Orthographia. 8vo., 16,5 x 10.5cm., Complete. Sig: a-e, a-z, A-G, A-C. Internally,paste-downs and blanks renewed,a1 toned with some soiling and 18thcentury ownership inscription, some light general toning or foxing,last signatures with small lower marginal dampstain. Binding possiblyoriginal or remboitage with the gilt panels expertly relaid as well ascentral elements original spine, 3 of 4 strings ties, some minor hinge.wear. Overall, a very attractive copy with full gauffered edges.
This is the FIRST ALDINE EDITION of Publius Papinius Statius (ca. 45, Naples – ca. 96 AD, Naples), the " Roman poet of the 1st century CE (Silver Age of Latin literature). Besides his poetry in Latin, which include an epic poem, the Thebaid, a collection of occasional poetry, the Silvae, and the unfinished epic, the Achilleid, he is best known for his appearance as a major character in the Purgatory section of Dante's epic poem The Divine Comedy." The Orthographia which opens the book, and is sometimes absent or bound the end, is a etymological dictionary of the Greek words used by Statius.
Another copy at sale (for comparison only):Statius, Publius Papinius, 45?-96? - Opera. "Sylvarum, libri quinque; Thebaidos libri duodecim; Achilleidos duo." Venice: Aldus, Aug-Nov, 1502 - 8vo, - 18th-cent vellum gilt - Faint dampstain throughout; some soiling to general title; opening leaves of Orthographia soiled & dampstained - Swann, May 15, 2012, lot 9, $2,400 - BMC, Vol 24, p. 116 (872); Renouard, p. 35, No 7; Isaac 12781; Adams S-1670
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