Adagiorum opus per autorem quarto iam, ac diligentius recognitum, & magnifice locupletarum. Polydori Vergilii Urbina.

By: Polydore Vergil

Price: $475.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket


woodcut printer's device to title, woodcut initials, 8vo (177 x 110mm.), [32], 456, [24 (last leaf blank)] pp., illustration: woodcut printer's device on title-page, woodcut initials. The book is in good antiquarian condition. It is an octavo measuring 7” x 4.5” bound in modern vellum-look cartonnage, renewed end papers. Binding is consequently sturdy. Title page has a scar on the “O” of Polydore, as well as some old repair to the top edge. The signature of “Antonio Bindi, Olivetani” as well as “Dominici Bindi olivetani presbiteri” occur on the title page and on a number of other pages. (We assume that these owners were members of the Olivet monastery in the order of St. Benedict.). Interior is clean with normal wear, minimal foxing, very occasional small margin marks. Pagination is [36] 456 [24] pp, with woodcut printer’s device on the title page and charming and evocative woodcut initials throughout. The book is in Latin, but there is a section at the rear devoted to John Chrysostom that is written in Greek. Typefaces are clear and easy to read. Publisher is identified via the device with its tree and “palma beb.” The 1541 Basel edition is scarce, with only two copies recorded sold at auction since 1930. Known as the “father of English history,” Polydore Virgil (1470-1555) was an Italian born in Urbino who moved to England in 1509, and became Bishop of Bath and Wells. He was thrown into prison and later pardoned for offending Cardinal Wolsey. Leicestershire antiquary William Burton, described Vergil as "a man of singular invention, good judgement, and good reading, and a true lover of antiquities. " In the 19th century, Vergil's importance to English historiography finally began to be acknowledged, as historians of Tudor England realized the scope of his achievement. He is particularly remembered for his collection of Latin proverbs. Vergil's Proverbiorum Libellus (Venice, 1498), retitled in later editions as Adagiorum Liber, and often known as the Adagia, was a collection of Latin proverbs. It was the first such collection printed, preceding the similar Adagia of Erasmus by two years. A scarce edition of this collection of proverbs.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 456 pages

Title: Adagiorum opus per autorem quarto iam, ac diligentius recognitum, & magnifice locupletarum. Polydori Vergilii Urbina.

Author Name: Polydore Vergil

Categories: Language -- Latin, Language - Ancient Greek, Proverbs, Maxims, Aphorisms, Incunabula & Early Printed,

Publisher: Basel, [Johann Bebel]: 1541

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 9378

Keywords: Proverbs Erasmus Polydore Vergil,