12 November 2008,
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LUCANUS, Marcus Annaeus (39-65). Pharsalia. Commentary by Omnibonus Leonicenus and Johannes Sulpitius. Venice: Simon Bevilaqua, 31 January 1493/94.
Super-chancery 2° (300 x 211mm). Collation: \Kp\k6 a-z8 A-C8 D6 (\Kp\k1r title, \Kp\k1v tabula, \Kp\k4r-\Kp\k4v-6v other prefatory matter including Lives of Lucan by Sulpizio, Pomponius Laetus, and contemporary sources, dedicatory letters, and epigrams, a1r text with commentary, D6r colophon, D6v blank). 220 leaves. 64 lines and headline, text with commentary surround. Type: 5:110R, 6/9:80aR, 80aGreek. 2-3-line initial spaces with guide-letters. (First leaf somewhat soiled and with small holes, occasional light browning, occasional small stain, short wormtrack in last few leaves affecting some text.) 19th-century Italian sheep-backed pastepaper boards, flat spine gilt and with label, blue sprinkled edges (some wear at joints and spine ends). Provenance: some early interlinear annotations -- ?stamp washed for title.
First edition with commentary by Johannes Sulpitius. The Pharsalia is second only to the Aeneid as the greatest Latin epic, and in his dedicatory letter, Sulpitius argues for Lucan's greatness to rival Virgil's. Title variant, with lines 4-5 reading Vincentini in totu[m]. HC *10241; BMC V, 517 (IB. 23925-6); Goff L-305; IGI 5822.
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