19 December 2002
[ALDINE PRESS]. PLAUTUS, Titus Maccius. Comoediae. Venice: Aldo Manuzio and Andrea Torresano, July 1522.
4o (207 x 135 mm). 298 leaves. Italic type. Woodcut dolphin and anchor device (Fletcher 6) on title and verso of last leaf, initial spaces with guide letters. (Minor marginal dampstaining at beginning and end, g1 with short marginal tear.) Contemporary Italian blind-tooled dark brown goatskin over paste boards, flat spine with three raised bands, edges stained green and with gauffered borders, evidence of 2 pairs of ties, title lettered on upper edge (foot of spine and lower corners expertly repaired); cloth folding case. Provenance: Scipio Vulparius (early ownership inscription on flyleaf and inscription on colophon page Sola salus servire Deo sunt caetera frandes); Helmut N. Friedlaender (bookplate; sold Christie's New York, 24 April 2001, lot 26).
First Aldine edition, edited by Aldus's brother-in-law Francesco Torresano from a text corrected by Aldus and Erasmus. Adams P-1487; Ahmanson-Murphy 184; Renouard 94.2.
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