Catullus. Tibullus. Propertius.

CATULLUS Gaius Valerius (1515)


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Aldus device on title page and verso of final blank. 2-8 line initial spaces, all with guide letters. Italic type.

8vo (147 x 88mm). 148, [2]ff. Vellum over pasteboards, marbled front and rear paste-downs, with title inked direct onto spine (extremities a little bumped).

Venice, In Aedibus Aldi et Andreae Soceri, March

Complete second Aldine edition of the poetry of three of the principal Roman practitioners of the lyric and elegiac forms. After Aldus the Elder’s letter to Venetian diarist and historian Marino Sanudo (1466-1536), the poetry of Gaius Catullus is followed by that of Albius Tibullus; an excerpt from Ovid’s Amores mourning Tibullus’ premature death at a young age; and finally the four surviving books of the elegies of Sextus Propertius, Tibullus’ contemporary and rival.

In the prefatory letter from Aldus to Sanudo, Aldus comments on the convenience and portability of the small format.

Notes in brown ink throughout, ‘dio mio omnipotente’ and ’ Camilla Benila, dulce signore’ on final 2ff.

Staining of title page and final leaf, with neat repair in upper final leaf; otherwise good condition.

Renouard, p.70, no. 1. BMSTC (Italian), p.161. Adams, C1139. UCLA Ahmanson-Murphy, no.131.


Stock Code: 227455

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