In Contemporary Pigskin with Clasps

Virgil. Vergilius Maro, Publius (70-19 B.C.)

Opera, quae quidem extant, omnia: CVM VERIS IN BVCOLICA, GEORGICA, & Aeneida Commentarijs Tib.Donati & Seruij Honorati, summa cura ac fide à Georgio Fabricio Chemnicense emendatis: Adiecto etiam ab || eodem Rerum & uerborum locuplete in ijsdem memorabilium Indice. Quibus accesserunt etiam Probi Grammatici, Pomponij Sabini, Phil. Beroaldi, Ioan. Hartungi, Iod. Vvillichij, Georg. Fabricij, Bonfinis & aliorum Annotationes.

Basel: Per Henricum Petri, 1561


Folio: 29.5 x 20 cm. [alpha]-[beta]6, a-z6, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Zzz, Aaaa6, Bbbb8.

Bound in original pigskin over beveled wooden boards, ornately tooled in blind, with the original brass clasps intact. The text is in excellent condition with the occasional minor stain. PROVENANCE: Contemporary ownership inscription (Joan. a Salice) on title page, dated 1563, with a quotation from Erasmus’ Adages: “neque mel neque apes”. Later inscription in Italian of Thomas Corbin, dated 1652 in the Swiss (Grison)-Italian (Sondrio) Alpine valley Bregalia, on the front free endpaper, with Italian slogan beginning “che bene vive nel suo morir rinasce…”. Another early (probably 16th c.) moralistic slogan on f.f.e.p. "omnis origo male processit ab arbore mali."

This edition was edited by the German poet, historian and archaeologist, Georg Fabricius (Georg von Goldschmied) (1516-1571). Fabricius was born at Chemnitz in upper Saxony on the 23rd of April 1516, and educated at Leipzig. Travelling in Italy with one of his pupils, he made an exhaustive study of the antiquities of Rome. He published the results in his Roma (1550), in which the correspondence between every discoverable relic of the old city and the references to them in ancient literature was traced in detail. In 1546 he was appointed rector of the college of Meissen, where he died on the 17th of July 1571. The edition also includes the commentaries of Donatus and Servius.

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