A HUMANIST SCHOLAR’S COPY

Emendationum libri duo. Quorum argumentum proximae pagellae indicabunt

Venice, Paolo Manuzio, 1557

£2,750

FIRST EDITION. 4to. ff. (xii), 159 (i.e 155), (i). (last blank). Roman letter some Italic and Greek. Large Aldine device within ornate woodcut border, on t.p., and verso of last, capital spaces with guide letters, classical historiated initials, some with contemporary colouring in brown ink, two small woodcuts of coins in text, “sum f. Beraldi και των φιλων (and his friends)” crossed out at head of title “Ex biblioth. Franc. Ott. Leükher 16” beneath, Greek marginalia in contemporary hand (probably Beraldi’s) on a few leaves, shelf mark on pastedown. Very light age yellowing, tear to E2, an original paper flaw, with printers correction pasted over part of the text on verso, small tear in one blank margin, small tear to upper cover, another cut unevenly. A very good copy, crisp and clean with good margins in contemporary limp vellum, yapp edges, remains of ties, stubbs from C15 vellum ms.

First Edition of this compilation of Sigonio’s scholarly notes on various classical authors, beautifully printed by the Aldine press, with an excellent provenance. Sigonio (1524-1585), Italian historian and classicist, was the author of numerous scholarly works held in high esteem by his contemporaries. He was born at Modena and held professorships at Venice, Padua, and Bologna. “he was unquestionably one of the first classical antiquaries of his time, and a man of great judgement as well as learning, very correct and deep in researches, and of most unwearied diligence.” Chalmers. Sigonius’s reputation chiefly rests upon his publications on Greek and Roman antiquities, which may even now be consulted with advantage. “In 1555, while still at Venice, he published his folio edition of Livy and his Fasti Consulares, with an ample commentary on the latter in the following year. The last two works were the first in which accurate criticism was applied to the chronology of Roman history.” Sandys. This volume is a collection of Sigonio’s scholarly notes on Livy, Cicero, Hemogenes and others and is prefaced with one of his attacks on fellow Classical scholar Francesco Robortelli with whom he had a long running feud due to the publication by Sigonio of a treatise ‘De nominibus Romanorum’, in which he corrected several errors in a work of Robertelli on the same subject.

Francois Bérauld (Beraldi is the latin name of Bérauld) was a professor of Greek at the newly opened University of Orleans. He published a translation from the Greek, with a commentary, of Appian on Hannibal and the wars in Spain, published by Henry Estienne in 1560. He converted to Calvinism and and was considered one of the leading lights at the University of Orleans. He was later involved with the prosecution of Morely, personal tutor to Prince Henry, later Henry IV of France, on the grounds of Heresy. Franz Otto Leukher, a later owner, was the author of ‘Dispvtatio Philosophica Miscellanea’, published at Ingoldstadt in 1646.

BM STC It. C16th. p. 627. Renouard 172:16. Ahmanson/Murphy 446. Adams S1114.

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