CALDERINUS, Domitius (1446-1478). Commentarius in M. Valerium Martialem. Venice: Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, [after 22 March] 1474.
Chancery 2° (282 x 204mm). Collation: a6 .a8 b-c10 d8 e-m10 n-s8 t6 u6 x-z10 aa8 bb6 cc10 dd8 ee-ff10 gg.. (a1 blank, a2r epistle dedicatory to Johannes Franciscus Lodovicus, a3r epistle dedicatory to Laurentio de Medici, a5v Life of Martial, .a1r text, gg12r colophon, gg12v blank). 275 leaves (of 276, without first blank). 34 lines. Type: 8: 110R. 2- to 5-line initial spaces with guide-letters. (Light worming, with some loss of text.) 15th- or 16th-century Italian calf over wooden boards, blind fillet and ropework decoration, remains of one leather clasp, early manuscript title along lower edge (rubbed and wormed, with minor repairs, renewed with one patch of later calf). Provenance: Giulio Gabriino (17h-century signature on a2r).
Calderinus, an Italian humanist, was a prolific classical scholar who also published commentaries on Juvenal, Ovid, Propertius and Statius; a commentary on Suetonius was left unfinished when he died of plague in Rome in 1478, at the age of only 34 or 35. A manuscript of the commentary on Martial, presented to Lorenzo de Medici, with corrections and additions in Calderini's own hand, survives in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence. The work was first printed at Rome by Johannes Gensburg in an edition dated 22 March 1474, reprinted shortly afterwards in this edition (which takes the Rome edition as its copytext) and reprinted again in Venice in September 1474. Many editions of Martial, beginning with the Venice edition of 1480, also contain Calderini's commentary alongside the text. H *4236; GW 5887; BMC V, 230 (IB. 20220); Pellechet 3158; Goff C-37.