Lot 6523
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Spring Auction: Asian, Interiors, Books & Prints 2019
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[POST-INCUNABLE] – [CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY] – MARTIALIS, M.V. Epigrammata Libri. xiiii.

Una cum Commentarijs Domitij Chalderini [et] Georgij Merule: [et] cum figuris suis locis appositis: Nec non ornatissima tabula per alphabetum nuper addita nunquam amplius impressa [..]. [Printed on final leaf: “Impressum Venetiis[=Venice] per Georgium de Rusconibus[=Giorgio Rusconi] [..]”, 1514], [2 unnumb.],I-LXIX,LXXI-CXLIX[=148] leaves. With woodcut illustration (monogrammed “FV” in the block, ca. 11 x 7,5 cm.) surrounded by woodcut decorative borders on title, 1 full-page woodcut (ca. 24,5 x 18 cm.), 16 woodcut text-ills. (of which 2 duplicates, all ca. 6 x 7,5 cm.) & several woodcut historiated initials. Small folio, early 20th-cent. half-vellum with red mor. letterpiece.

¶ Adams M693. Schweiger II, p. 594. BM (Italian) p. 420. Nagler 2536 (vol. II, pp. 908-910). Very rare edition (not listed in Brunet or Dibdin) of the Latin epigrams by the Roman poet Marcus Valerius Martialis (ca. 40-ca. 104 AD) beautifully printed by the Italian printer Giorgio Rusconi (active in Venice between 1500-1522) with Martial’s poems surrounded by extensive Latin commentaries by the Italian classical scholars Domizio Calderini (1446-1478) and Giorgio Merula (ca. 1430-1494). The artist of the title-illustration (depicting Saint George and the Dragon) is most probably the Italian woodcutter FLORIO VAVASSORE (active in Venice between 1505-1544) who according to Nagler also made the full-page illustration on verso leaf VIII (depicting Martial presenting his book to the Roman emperor). ¶ Ex bibliotheca Andries van Eck with his armorial book-plate mounted on upper paste-down. As in all copies leaf LXX is apparently missing, but the text between leaf LXIX [Iv] & leaf LXXI [Ivi] is complete (leaf CXLIIII also incorrectly numbered as “CXLVI”). With defects (foxed/ browned throughout, sl. soiled/ waterstained in outer (blank) margins, a few small wormholes with loss of letters, outer blank corners of final leaf torn off (restored with paper), leaves XXXVI-XXXVII with extensive annotations in black ink), but nevertheless a beautiful printed Venetian post-incunable.

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Hamerprijs: € 1.000

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