3 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 3,000
Estimate USD 1,500 - USD 2,500
[ALDINE PRESS]. JUVENAL. -- PERSIUS. [Satyrae]. Venice: Aldus and Andreae Torresani, August 1501 (but ca 1515).
Aldine 8o (161 x 98 mm). Collation: A-G8 H10 (A1r title and printer's woodcut anchor-and-dolphin device measuring 54 x 48mm [Fletcher no. 5, height incorrectly given as 59mm], H10r colophon Venetiis in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Soceri); a8 b4 (b4r colophon Venetiis in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Soceri mense Augusto MDI). Italic type 1:80. 30 lines and headline, initial-space with guide-letters, foliation. (E4.5 with pale stain.) 19th-century calf, spine gilt, edges gilt (lightly rubbed); cloth slipcase.
Second Aldine edition. It is not quite clear why it was decided in the House of Aldus and Andrea, his father-in-law, as the press styled itself at this period, to maintain the date of Aldus's first edition for this reprint. The Aldine Press company had been formed in 1495, with Pierfrancesco Barbarigo, son of the former Doge of Venice, Marco, as the major shareholder; the prosperous printer-publisher-bookseller Andreas Torresanus of Asola (1451-1528), who had been established at Venice since the mid-1470s, took the next largest share, with Aldus himself, who was to marry Torresani's daughter Maria in 1505, probably being only a fairly minor shareholder in his father-in-law's part. Torresani involved himself increasingly in the business of the Aldine Press from about 1508 onwards, taking over the management after Aldus's death in 1515, while publishing under his own name as late as 1527. Isaac 12768; Murphy 802; Laurenziana 48b; Adams J-772; Renouard 29:6.
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