20 November 2002
MARULLUS, Michael (1453-1500). Epigrammatum libri IV. Hymnorum naturalium libri IV. Florence: Societas Colubris (Compagnia del Drago), 26 November 1497.
Chancery 4° (201 x 135mm). Collation: a-g8; h-m8 (a1r title, a2v blank, a2r epigrammata; g8v address to the prince of Salerno; h1r hymni naturales, m5r colophon, m6v blank, m7r errata, m8v blank). 95 leaves (of 96, lacking the title, supplied in facsimile). 25 lines. Type: 1:110 R. 2- to 4-lines initial spaces, mostly with guide- letters. (Lower corners of about 6 leaves repaired, affecting some signatures and final line of errata.) Early 19th-century calf with red morocco labels, red edges.
Second edition of the epigrams and first edition of the Hymni naturales by Marullus, the happy imitator of Lucretius. Born at Constantinople, he was educated in Florence and obtained the patronage of Lorenzo de Medici to whom the epigrams are dedicated. The word 'Colubris' in the colophon appears to have been originally printed 'colubri' but changed by stamping 's' over the full stop; the firm is only known to have produced one other book. HC (+ Add) *10880; BMC VI, 691 (IA. 28045-6); Polain (B) 2636; IDL 3131; IGI 6263; Goff M-342.
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