A School Edition of the Metamorphoses

Ovidius Naso, Publius (43 BCE-17 CE)

Ovidii quindecim Metamorphoseos libri diligentius recogniti, cum familiaribus commentariis et indice alphabetico ab Ascensio summa cura collecto.

Lyon: C. Davost for J. Huguetan, 22 Oct. 1504


Quarto: 22.5 x 16.5 cm. [8], ccviij leaves. Collation: a-z8, A-D8

A fine, early, and rare school edition of Ovid's "Metamorphoses". This is a reprint of the edition of 1501 by Nicolaus Wolf de Alemania at Lyon. Modern half vellum. Title printed in red and black and with woodcut printer's device. Some light soiling and dampstaining. Some early marginalia.

This edition presents features typical of early 16th c. school editions of classical texts. It is outfitted with a learned humanist commentary by the scholar Badius Ascensius, and the wide leading of the type allows for interlinear notes and glosses. School editions, which suffer from constant use, are a form of ephemera, so it is not surprising that this edition is extremely rare. It is represented in North America by only 1 copy (Cornell) and the 1501 edition upon which it is based is held only at Harvard.

Adams O 470; Renouard XI, 278; Schweiger II, 646; Baudrier XI 277; Moreau I 1504, 85