11 - 13 July 2000
PRISCIANUS (fl. c.500). Opera. - HERMOGENES (attributed to). De praeexercitamentis rhetorices. - RUFINUS Antiochensis. De metris comicis. -De litteraturis. -De compositione et metris oratorum. - DIONYSIUS Periegetes (fl. 124). De situ orbis. Translated by Priscianus. Edited by Benedictus Brognolus. [Venice: Vindelinus de Spira], 1470.
Median 2° (334 x 226mm). Collation: [1-410 5-78 8-1010 11-1212 1310 14-158 15-2110 228 236+1 24-258 264 27-2810 298]. 277 (of 287) leaves. 41 lines. Type: 1:110R2 (quires 1-6, 17-19, mixed in quire 16), 1:110R1 (other quires, mixed in 16). 2- to 6-line initial spaces. (Some leaves misbound, some spotting or staining, some worming affecting small amounts of text, lower margin of last leaf replaced.) 19th-century blindtooled brown morocco, spine lettered in gilt (slight wear at extremities).
FIRST EDITION of the works of Priscian. Not only does it contain his widely-read grammatical works, but his Carmen de ponderibus et mensuris, a description in verse of the hydrostatic balance, a trutina, and 'two methods of determining the relative content of gold with a silver alloy' (Stillwell). Also included is the FIRST EDITION of De situ orbis, the geographical compendium written in verse by Dionysius. RARE: no copy appears to have been sold at auction since 1922. A large copy; some pinholes and early quiring visible. HCR 13355; BMC V, 156 (IB. 19522); CIBN P-592; Klebs 806.1; Stillwell, Awakening, 792, 875; Goff P-960.
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