12 November 2008
PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (fl. 2nd century A.D.). Inerrantium stellarum significationes per Nicolaum Leonicum è graeco translatae -- XII Romanorum menses in ueteribus monumentis Romae reperti -- OVIDIUS NASO, Publius (43 B.C.-A.D. 18). Fastorum libri VI. Tristium libri V. De Ponto libri IIII. In Ibin ad Liviam. Venice: heirs of Aldus the Elder and Andrea Socerus, January 1516.
8° (165 x 85mm). Italic type, guide-letters in initial spaces. Aldine device on title and verso of colophon leaf. With both blanks. (3b2-3 holed affecting bottom lines slightly, F2 thumb-soiled at margin, colophon leaf with minor stain, occasional light browning to page edges.) Blue morocco gilt by Simier, signed on spine, spine and covers panelled in gilt and blind, vellum flyleaves, gilt edges (extremities rubbed). Provenance: Greek quotations in an early hand (on verso of second blank) -- [A.-A. Renouard (binding; not in his 1819 library catalogue)] -- Walter Hirst (bookplate).
Second Aldine edition, augmented by the FIRST EDITION of Nicollo Leoniceno's translation of Ptolemy's treatise on the planets. Renouard considered the second edition superior to the first, owing to the careful work of its editor, Andrea Navagero. The edition is also noteworthy for containing Andrea d'Asola's expressions of sorrow at the recent death of his co-printer, Aldus Manutius, and his intentions to continue their programme of publishing good editions of the classics. The Aldine press printed the works of Ovid in three volumes, available separately as well as a set, first in 1502-03 and again in 1515-1516. The present edition of the Fasti also contains an explanation of the Roman months in the guise of an introduction to the Fasti. Adams P-2338; Ahmanson-Murphy 141; BL STC/Italian 479; Renouard 78/10.
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