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Macrobii in somnium Scipionis ex Ciceronis. VI. libro de rep. eruditissima explanatio. Eiusdem Saturnaliorum libri VII. Censorinus de die natali, additis ex uetusto exemplari nonnullis, quæ desiderabantur. [16], 322, [2] fols. Aldine anchor device on the title page and registrum and colophon on R2. *7, *8 and R3 are blanks. Red ruled throughout. 17th century calf binding, the boards panelled with a two line roll and an inner panel which has external square foliate corner tools. 19th century reback with the spine fully gilt and lettered direct. Corners repaired as necessary. All edges gilt. Original front endpaper preserved with the signature of J.T. Coleridge, Torrington Sq. August 17th, 1825. (John Taylor Coleridge 1790-1876, judge and nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge) and 27 lines of older notes in French on the verso. There is an illegible 16th century signature at the end of the index. Adams M62. Macrobius was active early in the 5th century. The Dream of Scipio was narrated by Cicero in Book VI of De Republica. It provided an important insight to the Platonist and Stoic views of the cosmos and made it a widely cited text throughout the medieval period. In astronomy it is important for stating that the diameter of the Sun is twice that of the Earth. Early manuscript copies have preserved a classical world map which shows the northern land mass balanced by a Terra Australis Incognita, with a notional equatorial ocean dividing them. A version of this map is printed in this edition at fol. 77, making it only the fourth time it had appeared in print. Also included are the Saturnalia by Macrobius, a dialogue among distinguished Romans on various subjects set at a banquet during the Saturnalian festival; and De die natali by Censorinus, on miscellaneous topics relating to conception, birth, and chronology.
Author MACROBIUS, Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius
Date 1528.
Publisher Venitiis in aedibus Aldi, et et Andreae Asulani soceri. M.D.XXVIII. Mense Aprili.

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