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    13 June 2002, London, King Street

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    Panegyrici Latini -- PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius Caecilius (Pliny the Younger, 61/2-113). Panegyricus Traiani. - Panegyricus Maximiano et Constantino. - Latinius Drepanius PACATUS. Panegyricus Theodosio. - Panegyricus dictus Constantino filio Constantii. - Claudius MAMERTINUS. Gratiarum actio de consulatu suo Juliano Imperatori. - NAZARIUS. Panegyricus Constantino Augusto. - Gratiarum actio Constantino Augusto. - Panegyricus Constantino Augusto. - Panegyricus Constantio Caesari. - EUMENIUS. Pro instaurandis scholis. - MAMERTINUS(?). Panegyricus Maximiano Augusto Dictus.- Genethliacus Maximiani Augusti. - Publius Cornelius TACITUS. Vita Agricolae. - Titus PETRONIUS ARBITER (d.65 A.D.). Satyrici fragmenta quae extant. Edited by Franciscus Puteolanus. [Milan: Antonius Zarotus, c. 1482].

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    Panegyrici Latini -- PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius Caecilius (Pliny the Younger, 61/2-113). Panegyricus Traiani. - Panegyricus Maximiano et Constantino. - Latinius Drepanius PACATUS. Panegyricus Theodosio. - Panegyricus dictus Constantino filio Constantii. - Claudius MAMERTINUS. Gratiarum actio de consulatu suo Juliano Imperatori. - NAZARIUS. Panegyricus Constantino Augusto. - Gratiarum actio Constantino Augusto. - Panegyricus Constantino Augusto. - Panegyricus Constantio Caesari. - EUMENIUS. Pro instaurandis scholis. - MAMERTINUS(?). Panegyricus Maximiano Augusto Dictus.- Genethliacus Maximiani Augusti. - Publius Cornelius TACITUS. Vita Agricolae. - Titus PETRONIUS ARBITER (d.65 A.D.). Satyrici fragmenta quae extant. Edited by Franciscus Puteolanus. [Milan: Antonius Zarotus, c. 1482].

    Median 4° (224 x 160mm). Collation: a6 b-e8 f6(3+1) g-x8 y4 (a1r Puteolanus on Jacobus Antiquarius, a2v table, a3r text). 169 leaves. 30 lines. Type: 5:111Rb, Greek at end (\Ktelos\k), printed guide-letters. 2- to 6-line initials in red or blue, two spaces left blank. (Small repaired wormtrack at gutter, a few, mostly filled, wormholes at end.) Red morocco gilt, gilt edges, by Clarke and Bedford, stamped on front flyleaf.

    FIRST EDITION of the Panegyrici Latini and FIRST EDITION OF ANY PART OF THE SATYRICON. The present edition, based on a manuscript found by Poggio in England in 1420, provided 'for almost a century all of Petronius that circulated in print', and it was not until 1669 that the text as we now know it was established (Reynolds, Texts and Transmission, pp.295-300).

    The Panegyrici Latini is a 4th-century collection of orations commemorating important imperial occasions such as military victories, anniversaries, and birthdays, delivered at the court at Trier before Roman emperors Maximian, Constantius I, Constantine, Julian and Theodosius. Pliny's panegyric on Trajan, delivered in gratitude for his consulship in 100 A.D., appears first and clearly served as a model for the other orations in the volume. Only three of the authors are known: Nazarius, Mamertinus, and Pacatus (a fourth, Eumenius, is known only from his oration here), but all were teachers of rhetoric in Gaul, active from 289 to 389, and the collection circulated as an example of Latin oratory. In addition, the speeches 'are priceless historical documents reflecting the outlook of their day' (Nixon and Rogers, eds., Panegyrici Latini, 1994, p.34). Having been lost to the Middle Ages, the Panegyrici Latini was rediscovered in 1433 by Giovanni Aurispa in a manuscript at Mainz (no longer extant). HR 13119; BMC VI, 718 (IA. 26084-5); Goff P-813; IGI 7179; Flodr, Panegyrici veteres 1.


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