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AUSONIUS, Decimus Magnus

[EARLY PRINTING] (Latin ). AUSONIUS, Decimus Magnus. ALDINE PRESS 1517

The Ashby copy of the FIRST and ONLY ALDINE EDITION

Published: in aedibus Aldi et Andreae Soceri, Venice, 1517

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1517 Aldine printing of the works of this Gallo-Roman poet and rhetorician. Decimus Magnus AUSONIUS.
Opera. [translation: The Works]. Venice: in aedibus Aldi et Andreae Soceri, November 1517. Ll. 107,[1], octavo (6 1/2 x 4in; 165 x 102mm); collation: a-n8, o4 ( - b1). Italic type, guide letters in the spaces left blank for the initials. Aldine anchor to the title-page and the verso of the last leaf. (Text leaf b1 lacking, some leaves show spotting, toning, and browning, mostly marginal).

Late 18th or early 19th century leather-backed marbled paper-covered boards, gilt lettering and decoration to spine (leather has wear and small holes).

Provenance: early manuscript gloss in an unidentified hand; Thomas Ashby jnr. (1874-1931, armorial bookplate, Director of the British School at Rome); later owner's name on blank.

The Ashby copy of the FIRST and ONLY ALDINE EDITION, second state, of the poetical works by Ausonius which contains one of the earliest mentions of the wine of Bordeaux wine. The text was edited by the Italian humanist Girolamo Avanzo, it is dedicated it to Cardinal Marco Cornelio.

The second state has the editor’s forename on leaf a1 verso correctly spelled, "Hieronymus." Also, the printer's register on leaf o3 verso has the alphabetical sequence of signatures, and not the explanatory statement found in some examples. The imprint reads: Venetiis in aedibus Aldi / et Andreae Soceri / mense Novembri / M· D· XVII.
  • Binding Condition: Acceptable
  • Overall Condition: Acceptable
  • Size: approx. 17 cm
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