London, South Kensington
2 June 1998
SABELLICUS, Marcus Antonius Coccius. Croniche che tractano de la origine de Veneti, e del principio de la cita. Translated by Matheo Vesconte de Sancto Canciano. [?Milan: Gotardus de Ponte] for Oldrato Lampugnano, [?1510].
2° (295 x 209mm). Letterpress title printed in red within white-on-black woodcut border, final page xylographic title printed in red within same woodcut border, printer's device (Vaccaro III) on V9r. (Small tear in title touching a few letters, a few small wormholes in lower and inner margins at the end affecting the woodcut border on last page.) Eighteenth-century English calf, covers with stained panels and central lozenges outlined in gilt, surrounding the gilt arms of JOHN, DUKE OF ROXBURGHE (rebacked, corners repaired, endpapers renewed). Provenance: John, Duke of Roxburghe (1740-1804, binding); Sir William Stirling-Maxwell (large armorial bookplate, not in his sale Christie's 20-23 May 1958).
FIRST EDITION IN ITALIAN, with a distinguished provenance. Sabellicus (born Marcantonio Cocchi) was appointed keeper of the Biblioteca Marciana after the publication of his important history of Venice (Rerum venetiarum decades), in 1487. Adams S-18; Goff S-5a; Sander 6650.
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