In Ciceronis Officia, Catonem, Laelivm, Paradoxa, et Scipionis Somnivm commentarij atque scholia, ad uitam rectè instituendam, methodumq(ue) scholarum exercendam, accommodata...[ with the text]Basel: ex officina Herwagiana for Eusebius Episcopius, 1583-March

WOLF Hieronymus (1584)


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2 wooduts in text.

5 parts in one vol. Folio (310 x 200mm. ). German blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, the upper cover with  portrait of Duke Ludwig III of Wurttemberg and the initials 'A N L' with date 1588, and the lower cover having the arms of the city of Wurttemberg  (Haebler II, 93, IX u. X), the two covers decorated  blind-stamped rolls with heads of Erasmus, Luther and others enclosing the central panel, spine lettered in ms., edges coloured blue.  


A finely bound copy with a portrait panel stamp of Duke Ludwig III of Wurrttemberg, from the library of Major Abbey.

This commentary on Cicero's De officiis by the Augsburg based scholar, translator, and librarian Hieronymus Wolf (1516-1580) was first published in 1563 by Oporinus, and the subsequent sections a few years later. The compilation was several times reprinted. There are a few underlinings and one marginal note in Greek at col. 90 of Laelius, which translate - 'You must love as if about to hate but hate as if about to love'. Below the colophon on the last leaf are written 3 words in Hebrew letter.

Wolf is chiefly known for his work on Greek writers ranging from Isocrates to the Byzantine historians, but this detailed commentary on some of the philosophical or ethical works of Cicero, most notably what our Elizabethan forebears called Tullie's Offices, shows his mastery of Latin scholarship. He was also the Fugger librarian and himself the possessor of a considerable library, some parts of which are located in Munich.

Provenance: armorial bookplate of Vincenzo Peruzzi (1789- after 1847), gonfaloniere of Florence; label of Milan bookshop of A.Paganini;  John Roland Abbey (1894-1969) whose collections  were dispersed in a series of famous sales at Sotheby's, London; this volume 23/24 October 1967, lot 521 to Maggs.

Title-leaf with a portion cut out and repaired with blank paper, part of final leaf of part 5 cut away


VD16 C 3225.

Stock Code: 220965

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