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August 1, 1495. Super-chancery 2° (306 x 211mm). Roman and Greek types, woodcut and historiated initials, initial spaces with printed guide-letter, text with commentary surround. ISTC im00312000. First line: Domitius Calderinus Ioanni Francisco Lodovici principis Mantuani filio salutem. In 19th century brown and cream paper boards with modern leather spine, 5 raised bands with blind stamping, dark red and gilt spine label. Older end papers with an owner stamp. Title page is grubby and has some corner loss, top corner repaired. Contemporary marginalia and marks, occasionally staining or spotting, some marginal dampstaining, some wormholes throughout. The last leaf has a handwritten poem (looks to be contemporary) in Latin about "this book" with a sketch of a monk looking at a painting of Jesus. This handsome incunable contains the works of the great Roman epigrammatist Martial, or more fully Marcus Valerius Martialis; whose witty Latin epigrams provide a fascinating window into daily life in Ancient Rome at the height of the Empire. Martialis's writing is complete with conniving parasites out to get inheritances, prostitutes and gladiators, soldiers and emperors, all presented in clear, sparklingly lucid Latin. The text is surrounded by commentary from two great early classicists. Domizio Calderini (1446-1478) was an Italian humanist and mathematician, and apostolic secretary of Pope Sixtus IV. Georgius Merula (1430-1494) was also an Italian humanist and classical scholar, who produced many editions of classical authors, notably the editio princeps of Plautus. A handsome incunable edition of Martial's epigrams, with a wonderful contemporary doodle and poem. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall
Title: Epigrammata. (Comm: Domitius Calderinus and Georgius Merula).
Publisher: Venice, Christophorus de Pensis, de Mandello],: 1495
Book Condition: Good
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 9541
Keywords: Epigrams Martial Martialis Roman Empire,