OVIDIUS NASO, Publius (43 B.C.-?17 A.D.). Fasti. Edited and with commentary by Paulus Marsus. Venice: Baptista de Tortis, 24 December 1482.
Median 2° (310 x 214mm). Collation: a-s8 t-z6 & \\n \\a6 (a1r blank, a1v Marsus's dedicatory letter to Georgio Cornelio, and his life of Ovid, a3r text, k1r book 3, \\a3v Marsus's concluding letter to Cornelio, \\a5r calendar, \\a6r epigram by Robertus Ursus to Marsus, colophon within architectural woodcut, \\a6v register). 192 leaves. Text with commentary surround, 60 lines of commentary. Type: 1:114R, 2:78R, 78Greek. 1- to 8-line initial spaces. (Some light worming affecting lower part of text, larger wormhole between g8 and k3, waterstains at beginning and end, marginal soiling.) Contemporary oak boards with paper title label in ink pasted onto lower cover, calf spine tooled with blind fillets and rosettes, remains of two fore-edge clasps. Provenance: contemporary marginal annotations (faded) and inscription inside lower cover -- Jacob Manzoni (19th-century bookplate) -- U. Manganelli (bookplate).
Second separate edition of the Fasti, the first with Marsus's commentary. Ovid's poems on the festivals and ceremonies of the Roman calendar were an opportunity for the retelling of Greek myths, and also relate superstitions such as the unluckiness of marriages in May, and the casting of straw men into the Tiber. The work was interrupted by the author's banishment, and though a draft of books VII to XII may have been written during his exile, only the first six books survive. HC 12238; BMC V, 322 (IB. 21328); IGI 7068; Goff O-170.