DICTYS CRETENSIS (attributed to). Historia Troiana. Edited by Franciscus Faragonius. - DARES PHRYGIUS (attributed to). De excidio Troiae historiae. Messina: Guilelmus Schonberger, 7 May 1498; 20 May 1498.
Chancery 4° (205 x 156mm). Collation: a-f8 g-h6 i8 k.. (a1r title, a1v blank, a2r editor's address to Bernardus Riccius, a3r epigram by Faragonius on Riccius, other verses, a3v appendix identifying characters in the text, a5r verses, a5v prologue of Septimius, a6r Dictys text, h6v explicit dated 7 May 1498, i1r preface to Dares, fictive letter of Cornelius Nepos to Sallust, i1v Dares text, k11r verse address by Faragonius to the reader, k11v colophon dated 20 May 1498, register, printer's device (Husung 65), k12 blank). 79 (of 80, without final blank) leaves. 27-28 lines. Type: 1:110R. Floral woodcut initials in 2 sizes. (Upper blank corner of title renewed, small hole in a2 touching one letter, k4 with tear into text without loss, minor marginal repairs, some hinges strengthened.) 20th-century binding re-using a medieval antiphonal MS. leaf on vellum with music on staves. Provenance: contemporary marginal annotations in an elegant italic hand (trimmed, lightly washed) -- Carolus Severolus (early inscription on a6r) -- Albert Ehrman, Broxbourne Library (initials and bookplate, sale Sotheby's, 8 May 1978, lot 364).
First edition of both texts together, and the fourth and sixth appearance in print of each text individually. The siege of Troy was one of the greatest subjects for medieval story-tellers, who drew prophecies from and parallels between the history of the Trojan war and events of their own day. This edition thus unites the two standard sources for the Troy saga in the Middle Ages. HC *6157; GW 8327; BMC VII, 1077 (IA. 33447); IGI 3423; BSB-Ink D-129; Goff D-186.