MARTIALIS, Marcus Valerius (c. 40-104 A.D.). Epigrammata, with the commentary of Domitius Calderinus. Venice: [Eponymous press], 1480.
Super-chancery 2° (306 x 205mm). Collation: a-z & A8 B-E6 (a1r blank, a1v dedication by Calderino to Francisco Lodovico, a2r dedication by Calderino to Lorenzo de Medici, a3r life of Martial by Calderino, a3v epistle of Pliny the Younger to Cornelius Priscus, a4r text, E2v colophon, E3r letter of Calderino to Corelio, E5v register, E6 blank). 224 leaves. 57 lines, with surrounding commentary. Types: 1:115R.; 2:78 R.; 78 Greek. 2- to 6-line initial spaces. (Wormhole in text from start to e5, B3 to end also lightly wormed, some marginal spotting, m4 to end with crossed stab marks in lower margin, a few letters on f8r affected by wax stain, A1r soiled, quires e-g and D-E waterstained, E3-4 loose.) 18th-century Italian vellum, smooth spine with title and pen flourish at head, title repeated on upper page-edge. Provenance: erased ownership inscription at foot of A2.
Ninth edition of Martial's Epigrams, the first to contain the popular commentary by Calderino, originally printed separately by De Colonia and Manthen in 1474. With their short and pithy portrayals of the debauchees of ancient Rome, the twelve books of Epigrams had a strong appeal in Renaissance Italy, where all eighteen incunable editions were published. The anonymous printer of this 1480 edition is known to have been responsible for only two other books, the Epistolae ad familiares of Cicero and the Satyrae of Persius Flaccus, also published in 1480. HC *10814; BMC V, 296 (IB. 24862); IGI 6222; Goff M-304.