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Stanley’s Aeschylus

Aeschylus (525/4-456 B.C.); Stanley, Thomas (1625-1678), editor.
[Works in Greek], Aeschyli traoediae septem: cum scholiis Græcis omnibus; deperditorum dramatum fragmentis, versione & commentario Thomæ Stanleii.

London: Typis Jacobi Flesher: prostant verò apud Cornelium Bee, M DC LXIII. 1663

Folio: 31.8 x 20.1 cm [32], 886 p. Collation: (a)2, (b)-(g)2, A-Z2, 2A-9Z2, 10A-10P2


In his “Early Printed Editions of Aeschylus (1518-1664)”, J.A. Gruys gives a detailed account of Stanley’s working method, beginning with an examination of the extant manuscript materials, and vindicates Stanley from Fraenkel’s charges that Stanley’s edition relied too heavily on the work of the scholar John Pearson and that Stanley himself was a scholar of much meaner abilities.


Wing A684

The Monuments of Ancient Rome Engraved by Piranesi’s Collaborator & Rival

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762)
Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne. Ou Recueíl Des Plus Beaux Morceaux de L'Antiquité Romaine Qui Existent Encore: Dessinés Par Monsieur Barbault Peintre Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravés, en 128 Planches Avec Leur Explication.

Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires François rüe du Cours près de Saint Marcel, de l 1761

Large Folio: 51 x 35.5 cm. VIII, 90 pp. Collation: [π]1, [a]-[c]1, A-Z, Aa-Yy1. With 73 added plates. Complete.


The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the “Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna” and for whose “Antichità Romane” he contributed figures for 14 plates “thus becoming one of the few official collaborators” of Piranesi. Barbault’s own views appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi.


La Cicognara 3593; Fowler 37; Millard IV, no. 13; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 184

Rome & The Papal States. The Very Rare “Theatrum Italiae”. With 118 Folding & Full page Engraved Illustrations

Blaeu, Joan (1596-1673)
Theatrvm civitatvm et admirandorvm Italiae / ad aevi veteris & praesentis temporis faciem expressum a Ioanne Blaeu, G.F.

Amsterdam: Typis Joannis Blaeu, 1663

Two Large Folio Volumes: 56 x 38 cm. Vol I: 2 ff. (General printed title conjugate with dedication), 2 ff. ("Ad lectorem"), 1 f. (Dedication), 2 ff. (Printed section title, half title), 1-253 pp., 1 f. (Index leaf). Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece and 74 plates.


A fine set of one of Joan Blaeu’s most magnificent productions. This set is very rare, owing probably to the fire that ravaged Blaeu’s workshop in 1672, the year before the publication of these “town books”. This copy has an additional plate, not recorded by Koeman, of the Obeliscus Pamphilius, in volume 2.

The two volumes are profusely illustrated with town views, architectural plans, ancient, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture (including many villas); and sculpture.


Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici; Bl 72.; Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici; Bl 73; Philippsa, 4039; Cremonini, 39

“Nudi, Recti, Venusti” -Cicero

Caesar, Gaius Iulius (100-44 B.C.)
C. Iulii Caesaris Rerum ab se gestarum commentarii. De bello Gallico libri VIII. De bello civili Pompeiano libri III. De bello Alexandrino liber I. De bello Africo liber I. De bello Hispaniensi liber I. Ex vetustiss. scriptis codicibus emendatiores. [Bound with:] Eutropius: Epitome belli Gallici ex Suetonii Tranqulli monumentis.

Paris: ex officina Rob. Stephani, 1544

Octavo: 17 x 11 cm. (32), 523, (1, blank), (108) pp. Collation: I. *8, **8 (**4 and 5 are conjugates that form the folded map of Spain), a-z8, A-Q8, R4. II. 134, (16) pp. Collation: A-I8, K4


This edition of Caesar includes the texts of the “Gallic Wars” and “Civil War”, together with the "De bello Alexandrino", "De bello Africano", and "De bello Hispaniense", ascribed to Aulus Hirtius. This edition also includes Raimundo Marliano’s useful index of the topography of Gaul in Roman times.

Admired for their style (most famously by Cicero) and read by both his supporters and detractors alike in antiquity, Caesar’s Commentarii fell into obscurity in the Middle Ages.


Schreiber, The Estiennes, no. 72 and 73; Renouard 61.15; Adams C-38 and E 1133

The Rare Sessa Catullus

Catullus, Gaius Valerius (Ca. 84-Ca.54 B.C.); Tibullus (Ca. 50-Ca.18 B.C.); Propertius, Sextus. (Ca. 49-Ca. 16 B.C.)
Catullus. Tibullus. Propertius.

Venice: Melchior Sessa, 20 September, 1531

Octavo: 14.5 x 9.2 cm. 142 lvs. Collation: A-S8


The text of this Sessa edition follows the 2nd Aldine of 1515. It opens, however, with a new letter from the printer to his student audience. Sessa has used tall, simple capitals for the opening of each poem, whereas Aldus printed only guide letters. The first poem of Catullus opens with an attractive woodcut initial.


CNCE 10361; Not in Adams

The Second Aldine Catullus

Catullus, Gaius Valerius (Ca. 84-Ca.54 B.C.); Tibullus (Ca. 50-Ca.18 B.C.); Propertius, Sextus. (Ca. 49-Ca. 16 B.C.)
Catullus. Tibullus. Propertius.

1515 Venice: In ædibvs Aldi, et Andreæ soceri,

Octavo: 15 x 10 cm. 148, [2] leaves. Collation: A-D8, E10, AA-DD8, EE4, a-i8. With the woodcut Aldine anchor device on the title page and the verso of the final leaf.


The important second Aldine edition of the poems of Catullus, Tibullus and Propertius, co-edited by Girolamo Avanzi (fl. 1500.) and Aldus. The first Aldine Catullus, one of the first of the "libri portatiles", the handy ("forma enchiridii") octavo-sized format that Aldus popularized, appeared in 1502. In his epistle to the reader, Aldus informs us that Avanzi has made further improvements upon the text for this edition.


Ahmanson-Murphy, No. 131; Renouard, p. 70; Adams, C-1139

The First Aldine Dante

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Le terze rime di Dante.

Venice: Aldus Manutius, August 1502

Octavo: 15 x 9.1 cm. 244 unnumbered leaves. Collation: a-z8, A-G8, H4. Leaf l2 is a blank.


This is the issue with the Aldine anchor and dolphin device on the final leaf. Quires a-c were also completely re-set, the present copy having the headline 'INFERNO' on a2r, and 'INF' in all the other leaves of these quires.

The edition – titled here simply “Le terze rime” – signals a linguistic restoration of the work and an important advance in the recovery of the original text.


De Batines, I, pp. 60-62; Mambelli, 17; Renouard, p. 34, no. 5; Ahmanson-Murphy, 59; Dionisotti-Orlandi, “Aldo Manuzio editore”, no. XXX; Adams, D-83; Gamba, 385

The Most Accurate Measurements of Roman Architecture to Date. Illustrated with 137 engravings

Desgodets, Antoine (1653-1728)
Les Edifices Antiques de Rome Dessinés et Mesurés très exactement

Paris: Jean-Baptiste Coignard, 1682

Folio: Jean-Baptiste Coignard, Engraved title page, [12], 324 pp. Collation: [ ]1 (Etched title page), [π]2, e2, i2, A1, B-E2, F1,


“Antoine Desgodets, born into a family of prominent craftsmen, was already working in the Département des Bâtiments by the age of 16. In 1672 he began to assist at the conferences of the Académie Royale d’Architecture, and in 1674 was sent by Colbert to Rome. In 16 months he measured many of the important ancient buildings, with greater accuracy than had been achieved to that date.


Millard (French) No. 62; BAL, 858; Fowler, 102 ; Cat. Berlin, 1863

Barnes’ Euripides

Euripides (484-406 B.C.); Barnes, Joshua (1654-1712), editor.
Works in Greek. Euripidis quæ Extant Omnia: Tragoediæ nempe XX, præter ultimam, omnes completæ: item fragmenta aliarum plusquam LX tragœdiarum; et epistolæ V. Nunc primùm & ipsæ hùc adjectæ: scholia demùm doctorum virorum in septem priores tragœdias, ex diversis antiquis exemplaribus undiquaque collecta & concinnata ab Arsenio Monembasiæ Archiepiscopo. ... Operâ & studio Josuæ Barnes S.T.B. Emmanuelis Collegii apud Cantabrigienses Socii maximè senioris.

Cambridge: Ex officinâ Johan. Hayes, celeberrimæ Academiæ typographi. Impensis Richardi Green bibliopolæ Cantab., 1694

Folio: 32 x 20.5 cm. [8], lvi, 330; [2], 529, [43 ] p. Collation: a-g4, h2, (A)2, B-Z4, Aa-Tt4, Vv2, a-z4, aa-zz4, aaa-zzz4, aaaa-bbbb4, cccc2. With two added engraved portraits of Barnes and Euripides.


“The merits of all preceding editions are eclipsed by this celebrated one of Joshua Barnes. Fabricius observes that ‘the text is accurately revised and printed, the metrical rules of Canter diligently corrected, and the entire ancient scholia on the first seven plays subjoined and enriched by excerpta from a manuscript in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The notes of various learned men, and those of Barnes accompany the scholia; the fragments of Euripides are carefully collected and displayed, with Greek and Latin notes as far as verse 2068; lastly, there are some epistles, attributed to Euripides.


Wing E 3415; Schweiger p. 115, col 2

The Zanetti Hesiod: A Perfect Copy in Contemporary Pigskin by Konrad Küne

Hesiod (fl. CA. 700 B.C.)
Works, in Greek. Hesiodi Ascraei Opera et Dies. Theogonia. Scutum Herculis. Omnia cu[m] multis optimisque expositionibus. Hesiodi Ascraei Opera et Dies. Theogonia. Scutum Herculis. Omnia cu[m] multis optimisque expositionibus.

Venice: Bartolomeo Zanetti, for Joannes Franciscus Trincavellius, 1537

Quarto: 20.8 x 15 cm. [4], 188 leaves. +4, [alpha]-[psi]8, [omega]4


First and sole Zanetti edition, an edition famous for its typographic beauty. This edition is of central importance, as it contains the first printing of the Greek scholia, and formed the basis of virtually all subsequent editions. Dibdin says that "this is a truly valuable, if not indispensable, volume in a library of any classical pretension." This edition includes all of the works ascribed to Hesiod: the "Works and Days", the "Theogony" and the "Shield of Herakles".


Mortimer 233. Brunet III:140. Sander 3380; Adams H-470; Hoffmann II, 248; Bibliotheca Bacchica 345; Layton, pp. 33, 513-21; Schweiger I, 143; Graesse III, 262; STC Italian, p. 326.

The Elzevir Homer

Greek text. Homeri Ilias & Odyssea, Et in easdem scholia, sive interpretatio Didymi. Cum Latina versione accuratissima, Indiceque Graeco locupletissimo Rerum ac variantium lection. Accurante Corn. Schrevelio.

Amsterdam: Ex Officina Elzeviriana, 1656

Quarto. 24.5 x 20.3 cm. Two volumes bound as one: *4, **4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Vvvv4, Xxxx2; a-z4, aa-zz4, aaa-xxx4, aaaa-eeee4, ffff2


This edition contains the Greek texts of the Homeric epics, the "Iliad" and "Odyssey"; as well as the Homeric Hymns and the mock epic "Batrachomyomachia". With the Latin translation of the classical scholar Cornelius Schrevelius (1608-1661) and the Greek commentary of Pseudo Didymus.

"Whatever our views may be on the authorship of the Homeric poems, there is no doubt of their astonishing quality.


Willems 1202; Dibdin II, 53; Brunet III, 272; Graesse III, 328; Schweiger I, 158; Bibliotheca Philologica Classica et Archaeologica (1913), 2087 ('Cette belle édition est recherchée à cause des commentaires')

The Third Aldine Homer

ΟΜΗΡΟΥ ΙΛΙΑΣ HOMERI ILIAS [and:] ΟΔΥΣΣΕΙΑ. Βατραχομυομαχια. Υμνοι. ϕβ. VLYSSEA. Batrachomyomachia. Hymni XXXII.

Venice: In aedibus Aldi et Andreae Asulani Soceri, 1524

Two octavo volumes: 16 x 9 cm. I. [1-7]8, A-Z8, AA-LL8, MM6 II. A-z8, A-H8, I4



Adams H-745; Ahmanson-Murphy 226; Renouard 98:1; Brunet III, p. 269; Graesse III, 326; Hoffmann ii 460

The First Illustrated Edition of Horace (1498)

Horace. Horatius Flaccus, Quintus (65-8 B.C.)
Opera cu[m] quibusdam Annotat[i]o[n]ib[us]. Imaginibusq[ue] pulcherrimis aptisq[ue] ad Odarum conce[n]tus & sente[n]tias.

Strasbourg: Johann Reinhard, called Grüninger, 12 March, 1498

Folio: 298 x 222 mm. Collation: [*]6, A-V6, X-Z6, AA-II6, KK-LL8; [**]6


This copy is partially rubricated and is annotated, in Latin, throughout in at least two contemporary hands. The early annotations are intact, having been spared by the binder’s knife, and consist of metrical notations, citations from other authors, and comments. There are also two glosses in Greek (leaves S6v and FF1r) as well as an apparent note in German (leaf FF6). An added manuscript index for the “Epistolae” is bound after the final text leaf.


Hain 8898; Goff H 461; BMC I, 112; Polain 1989; Proctor 485; Walsh 182; Fairfax Murray (German) 205; Rosenwald Collection 188; Dibdin, Bibl. Spenceriana II, 87-95. For Grüninger, his illustrated books, and Locher’s edition of Horace, see Mark Morford, Johann Grüninger of Strasbourg in “Syntagmatia: Essays on Neo-Latin Literature in Honour of Monique Mund-Dopchie and Gilbert Tournoy (Humanistica Lovaniensia, XXVI) 2009

Profusely Illustrated

Huttich, Johann (ca. 1490-1544); Weiditz, Hans (ca. 1495- ca. 1536), artist
Imperatorum et Caesarum Vitae, cum Imaginibus ad vivam effigiem expressis. Libellus auctus cum elencho & Iconiis Consulum ab Authore. M.D. XXXIIII

Strasbourg: Vuolphgangus Caephalaeus, 1534

Quarto: 19 x 14 cm. Aa-Bb4; A-X4, Y6; aa-dd4. Complete.


Fourth and most complete edition of Huttich’s "Imperatorum et Caesarum Vitae", his most important work, first published in 1525.

This volume is profusely illustrated with several hundred woodcut images, most of which are by Hans Weiditz. "The medallions of the emperors [and their families] are 268 in number, commencing with Julius Caesar and ending with Frederick III, Maximilian I and his son Philip the Fair, Charles V and Ferdinand I.


Adams H-1248; BM German p.427 (602.b.I); Chrisman H5.1.4b; Fairfax Murray #219; Campbell Dodgson II, 148; Brunet III, p.392; Cunnally, pp. 197-198

Illustrated with 174 Woodcuts

Livy (ca. 59 B.C.E.-17 C.E.)
Decades cum figuris noviter impresse

Venice: A Philippo Pincio Mantuano impressae, 27. IX. 1511

Folio: 28.8 x 20 cm. XX, CCLIII leaves. Collation: A8, a-b6, c-l8, m-n10, A-K8, L10, Aa-Ii8 (lacking final blank)



Essling 39; Panzer VIII 404, 456; Proctor-Isaac 12596; Sander 4002, Schweiger II, 526; STC 389; Not in Adams

The First Appearance of the Palatino Topographical map of Rome

Marliani, Bartolomeo (d. 1560)
Vrbis Romae topographia B. Marliani ad Franciscvm Regem Gallorvm eivsdem vrbis liberatorem invictvm. Adiecta priori eiusdem auctoris topographiae editioni in hoc opere sunt. Vrbis, atque insignium in ea aedificiorum descriptiones, compluràque alia memoratu digna. Errores nonnulli sublati. Tituli, inscriptionèsque non aliter, quàm ipsis inerant marmoribus, emendatissime expressi, qui ab aliis hactenus neglecto ordine, & perperam in lucem editi inveniuntur.

Rome: Valerio and Luigi Dorico, 1544

Folio: 30.5 x 21 cm. [12], 122, [2] pp. A6, A-B4, C-L6


Illustrated with 23 fine woodcut illustrations (of which five are full-paged), including a double-page map of Rome signed by the calligrapher Giovanni Battista Palatino (Frutaz 12). The map is of great importance in the history of Roman cartography, as it is the source for Bufalini’s plan of 1551, which in turn served the model for Nolli’s plan of 1748. The most famous and influential of the illustrations is a full-paged woodcut of the spectacular sculptural grouping of Laocoön and his sons, a Roman marble copy of a Hellenistic original, discovered in the Baths of Titus in January, 1506 and removed to the Vatican at the direction of Julius II.


Fowler 189; Mortimer Italian, 284; Adams M-610 (this issue); Berlin Katalog 1831; Brunet III.1437; Cicognara 3778; Schudt, Le Guide di Roma, 605; Rossetti G-308; Borroni II.7923.3; Schlosser p. 601; Fossati Bellani 903; Olschki 17512; on the map: Fruatz, Le Piante di Roma, Vol. I, No. 12

The first integral printing of all the extant fragments of Petronius, including the “Dinner of Trimalchio”

Petronius Arbiter, Titus (d. 66 A.D.)
Satyricon, Cum Fragmento nuper Tragurii reperto. Accedunt diversorum Poetarum Lusus in Priapum, Pervigilium Veneris, Ausonii cento nuptialis, Cupido crucifixus, Epistolae de Cleopatra, & alia nonnulla. Omnia Commentariis, & Notis Doctorum Virorum illustrata. Concinnante Michaele Hadrianide. [With] Integrum Titi Petronii Arbitri Fragmentum, Ex antiquo codice Traguriensi Romae exscriptum; cum Apologia Marini Statilii I.V.D.

Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, 1669 and 1671

Octavo: 19.3 x 11.5 cm. I. *8 (-*1, blank), **8, ***2, A-Z8, Aa-Oo8, Pp4, Aaa-Lll8; II. *4, A-F8, G4 (lacking blank leaf G4) With an added, engraved title page by Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708).


Michael Hadrianides’ 1669 edition of Petronius is the first to incorporate the “Fragmentum” discovered in Trau, Dalmatia, which contained the hitherto unknown text of the “Cena Trimalchionis” and is also "the first edition to contain all the fragments of the novel that we currently possess”. This copy is bound together with the –often lacking- 1670 edition of the “Fragmentum”, which prints the text as it appeared in the manuscript, here edited by Johannes Lucius, with the Apologia of Marino Statileo, who discovered the manuscript in Dalmatia.


Schmeling & Stuckley, Bibilography of Petronius, 71 & 78; Gaselee (Bibliography of Petronius), 49 & 51; Schweiger II p.723; Brunet IV 574; Graesse Vol 5 p. 239; Dibdin (4th ed.) Vol II, p. 276. Literature: See M.S. Smith’s 1975 Oxford edition of the “Cena Trimalchionis”, pp. xxii-xxiii and xxxvi; See also Alfred R. Allinson’s introduction to his translation of the “Satyricon.”

The First Aldine Edition of Plutarch’s “Parallel Lives”

Plutarch (c. 50–c. 120 AD)
[Parallel Lives in Greek] Ploutarchou Parallela en Biois Hellenon te kai Romaion [Graece]. Plutarchi quae vocantur Parallela: hoc est, vitae illustrium virorum Graeci nominis ac Latini, prout quaeque alteri convenire videbatur, digestae.

Venice: In aedibus Aldi et Andreae Soceri, mense Augusto 1519

Folio: 30 x 20.5 cm. [4], 345, [1] leaves. Collation: *4, (lacking blank *4), a[alpha]-z[zeta]8, aa[2alpha]-tt[2tau]8, uu[2upsilon]10



Renouard, p. 87, no. 9; New UCLA 182; Hoffmann III, 175; Schweiger p. 259, col. 2

A Violent End to the Roman Renaissance: A 16th c. Manuscript Copy of A Contemporary Account of the 1527 Sack of Rome.

ROME. Guicciardini, Luigi (1478-1551)
Il Sacco di Roma

Italy, c. 1580 1580

Folio: 28.5 x 18.7 cm. [106] pp.


A rare 16th c. Italian manuscript of Luigi Guicciardini's valuable account of the brutal and nightmarish 1527 sack of Rome. While popular in the 16th c., the text remained unpublished until 1664 (an edition that is now rare) and did not see a second edition until 1867. On the extant manuscripts and the two redactions containing notes in Guicciardini’s hand, see Farenga, "L'Historia del sacco di Roma di Luigi Guicciardini.


The Estienne Sophocles

Sophocles (496-406 B.C.)
Tragoediae Septem. [Works in Greek] Una cum omnibus Graecis scholiis, & cum Latinis Ioach. Camerarij. Annotationes Henrici Stephani in Sophoclem & Euripidem, seorsum excusae, simul prodeunt.

Geneva: Henri Estienn 1568

Quarto: 25.8 x 16.7 cm. *4, a-z4, aa-zz4, aaa-kkk4, lll2; A-Z4, Aa-Gg4, Hh2 (includes blank ggg4; lacks blank Hh2).


“The great Estienne Sophocles, important for the scholia, which include those of Triclinius. The Greek text is followed by the commentary of Joachim Camerarius, and his Latin versions of Ajax and Electra. [Estienne] has again employed his peculiar system of diacritical annotations.” (Schreiber) With Estienne’s “Noli altum Sapere” printer’s device on the title page.


Schreiber 171; Renouard 131 n.3; Moeckli 69; Hoffman III, 414; Dibdin vol.2 p.411; Graesse p.440; Brunet vol.4 p311; Schweiger p.290; Adams S-1448

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