[Martial] Martialis, Marcus Valerius:

Epigrammata. In amphitheatrvm Caesaris.

Published: Venice: [Heirs of] Aldus Manutius, and Andrea Torresanus,

Date: 1517

Second edition thus. 8vo., ff. 190, [ii]. Woodcut printer's anchor device on leaves A1 recto and [et]8 verso, a few errors in foliation as usual. Some marginal annotations in sepia ink, most now sadly faded to illegibility. SOme occasional light foxing, including a little to title-page. Early 19th-century antique-style vellum binding, raised bands, remains of spine label, board edges turned a little inward, edges coloured green, narrow green silk ribbon bookmark bound in. Vellum darkened, slightly grubby, top edge dusty. A very good copy in a sympathetic later binding.

Bookplate of James John Falconer to the front paste-down, with ‘1877’ inked beneath.

Adams M 694; Brunet III 1490; Dibdin II (4th edn.) 229; Renouard (3rd edn.) 81

The second Aldine edition, a reprint of the 1501 edition (the editio princeps was published in 1471 in Ferrara). A lovely example of the beauty and convenience of Aldine’s unelaborated octavo volumes of popular Classical authors, highlighted with some early annotations: ‘By pruning away one element - the commentaries - and combining two others - the smaller format and the most acceptable titles - Aldus was freeing literature from the study and the lecture-room.’ (Lowry, 143)


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