Book Description

8vo. pp. 303, [1]. Title within woodcut architectural border, decorated initials. Light age yellowing, small worm hole throughout touching few letters, blue ink splash to extreme upper outer corner of last gathering. 17th-century full calf, raised bands, stubs from 15th-century manuscript (a gradual) used as spine lining. Joints minimally cracked at foot. 18th-century bibliographical note to ffep; 17th-century inscription ‘Ex libris Mainard’ and price to title.
Dealer Notes
The first Plantin edition of this renowned Latin epic poem on the Argonauts’ expedition in search of the Golden Fleece, edited by Louis Carrion (1547-95). Valerius Flaccus (1st century AD) was greatly inspired by the Greek Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius. The text of Argonauticon, only rediscovered in 1411, reached the Renaissance in a corrupt and incomplete state. ‘There is no editor of this writer, who, since Baptista Pius, has deserved more the thanks of the classical world, than Carrio; he is supposed to have collated a very excellent MS. of his author. […] At the end are some notes of Carrio, in which a large commentary of the poet is promised, but which, in fact, was never published’ (Dibdin).
Adams V80; Dibdin I, 414; Brunet V, 1046 (mentioned). Not in Moss.
Author Valerius Flaccus: (Carrion, Louis, ed.:)
Date 1565.
Publisher [Antwerp]: ex officina Christophori Plantini,

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