5 April 2016
MACROBIUS, Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius (fl. 430). Hoc volumine continentur Macrobii interpretatio in somnium Scipionis a Cicerone confectum. Eiusdem Saturnaliorum libri septem… Florence: Filippo Giunta, 1515.
8° (157 x 98 mm). 6 woodcut diagrams (woodcut world map on i7v), printer’s device at end. (Some light browning and staining.) 20th-century calf antique. (Some light browning and staining.) Provenance: early ink marginalia, 6-page manuscript index at end.
Later edition. The works of Macrobius, a fifth-century AD Roman philosopher, were of great popularity throughout the Middle Ages. "His neoplatonic commentary on Cicero includes, among many references to the pseudo-sciences, a geographic concept which is different from that of Ptolemy. The inhabited world north of the Equator is balanced by a southern continent and divided from it by water." (Shirley). Macrobius is best known for his Saturnalia which is included in this volume. Graesse IV:330. Renouard (Giunta), p. 39; Shirley 13 (1483 edition).
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