HORATIUS FLACCUS, Quintus (65-8 B.C.). Opera. Commentary by Nicolaus Perottus (1429-1480). Edited by Jacobus Locher (1471-1528). Strassburg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, 12 March 1498.
Median 2° (300 x 212mm). Collation: s6 A-Z6 AA-II6 KK-LL8 s6 (r title with woodcut, v blank, r editor's preliminary verses and letter to Margrave Karl von Baden, life of Horace, table of meters, A1r text, V6v blank, LL7v woodcut printer's device, colophon, LL8 blank, r table). 219 leaves (of 220, without blank LL8). 74 lines of commentary surrounding text and headline, prefatory quire in double column, table in 3 columns. Types: 22:89R (text), 23:64bR (commentary), 19:280G (title), 17:145G (headlines, headings), 4:48G (interlinear gloss). 168 woodcut illustrations from 101 blocks by the Terence Master, most printed from composite blocks, many repeated, woodcut printer's device (Davies 168). 2- and 3-line initial spaces, printed guide-letters. (Title laid down and repaired at inner margin, further repairs to inner margin of preliminaries and final leaf, occasional small repairs elsewhere, persistent wormhole at inner margin and scattered wormholes to last three quires, KK3 torn at margin, waterstaining throughout, mainly affecting top third of page.) Early 19th-century panelled calf, covers with contrasting border of blind-tooled drawer-handles within gilt rules, spine gilt, red edges (corners a little bumped, spine label chipped).
FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Brunet considered this an editio princeps because it was edited from a German manuscript, whereas previous editions published in Italy were derived from printed sources. According to Kristeller and von Arnim, only 37 of the Terence Master's fine woodcuts are new to this edition; 6 of these were cut for the Plenarium, which Grüninger published only three weeks later. The remaining cuts had previously appeared in his own editions of Terence, Locher's Libri philomusi, and Brant's Narrenschiff printed in 1496, 1497, and 1494-95, respectively. HC 8898*; BMC I, 112 (IB. 1471-2); Bod-inc H-214; BSB-Ink H-370; CIBN H-285; Fairfax Murray German 205; Schreiber 4240; Goff H-461.