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Laure[n]tias. Paris, Badius, [1515]. (Bound with:) Stephanis sive epos de beatissimi proto martyris Stephani Agone. (Paris), Badius, (1516). (And:) DIVES (Gulielmus) [De Rycke, Willem, called ]. De passioni dominica carmen elegiacum.  (Paris), Badius, 11 March n.d.

ROSSETUS Petrus (1515)

£2250.00 

Fine woodcut Badius device on each title page, the second work with superb woodcut of St. Stephen flanked by two bishops, first two works with large crible initials. Ruled in red.

3 works in one vol. Small 4to (192 x 138mm). [20]ff (last blank); [12]ff; viii ff. 19th century polished calf, spine repaired.

I & II. First editions of two of the French neo-latin poet Rossetus' earliest works, published by Badius. He specialized in poetry in the Virgilian style on sacred subjects. The Laurentius was his earliest published work and was soon followed by his poem on the martyrdom of St. Stephen in the following year, dedicated to Maximilien Sforza. Armstrong notes that Rossetus (d. 1532) was in Robert Estienne's circle and he is acknowledged in the preface of Estienne's 1529 edition of Terence for the special help he provided. From 1522 he is described as a poeta laureatus and he provided liminary verses for Hector Boethius' Scotorum historiae, published by Badius in 1527. (See E. Armstrong, Robert Estienne, p. 79/80).

Headlines of final work just trimmed.

I & II. Renouard, Badius, III, pp. 217-18. Moreau II, 1214 & 1473.  Brunet IV, 1404-5. John Flood, Poets Laureate in the Holy Roman Empire, R-75. III. Renouard, Badius, II, p. 406. Moreau I, 66. Willem de Rycke with pseudo Lactantius, Nenia & Salvatoris Nostri e cruce.

 

Stock Code: 214940