A Rare Venetian Vergil

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

P. Vergilii Maronis Bucolica, Georgica, & Aeneis nunc demum Nicolai Erythraei I.C. opera in pristinam lectione restituta, & ad rationem ejus indicis digesta. Additis eiusdem Erythraei scholiis, ad ea, quae aliorum antehàc circumferebantur, apprimè utilibus: quae cuiusmodi sint, sequens epistola indicabit. His accedit diligens obseruatio cùm licentiae omnis, tum diligentiae Maronianae, in metris. Quarum rerum capita versa pagina commonstrabit.

Venice: Heirs of Melchior Sessa and Francesco Rampazetto, 1582- 1583


Octavo: 16 x 10.8 cm. 2 vols in one. [80], 475, [1] p., 280, [1] p. Collation: a-e8, A-Z8, AA-GG8 (GG8 blank and present); A-Z8, Aa-Mm8


The first volume is a reprint of Francesco Rampazetto and Melchior Sessa's equally rare edition of 1555-6. The second volume is an entirely re-set version of that same edition. A very good, complete copy of this rare edition, bound in its original limp vellum binding. Minor staining and soiling, and some small ink spots throughout. Occasional underlining and marginal notes, a few signatures foxed or very lightly browned. Small tear in gutter of sig. F, not affecting text, marginal tear to S4 in the first part, no loss, final leaf soiled and stained. Front pastedown with 17thc. annotations. With Sessa's cat device on the title and final leaf of the first volume.

VD16 V 1385; Kallendorf, Bibliography of the Early Printed Editions of Virgil, 1469-1850); and A Catalogue of the Junius Spencer Morgan Collection of Virgil in the Princeton University Library, L1582-1583 (p. 133)