THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION, PRINTED IN MILAN, OF CALDERINI’S COMMENTARY ON VERGIL’S APOCRYPHAL WORKS

Vergilius Maro, Publius (70-19 B.C.); Calderini, Domizio (ca. 1443- 1478), commentator

Commentarii in quaedam Pseudo-Vergiliana.

Milan: Simone Magniago, about 1480

$15,000.00

Quarto: ff. [26], Text in Latin, Roman type 1:99R, 31-32 lines. Collation: a-b8, c6, d4 (lacking final blank)

Bound in repurposed limp vellum from an antiphonal. An extremely fine, clean copy.

This is the first printed commentary, written by Domizio Calderini, on the poems that would come to be known collectively as the "Appendix Virgiliana".

Extremely rare. Only 9 copies recorded, one of which is defective. Only 1 coy in North America (at The Morgan).

CENSUS: BRITISH ISLES (3): British Library (IA.26603), Aberystwyth NLW (bound together with Goff M504), Oxford Bodley; ITALY (2): Milano Ambrosiana (imperfect), Napoli N; GERMANY (1): München BSB; POLAND (1): Kraków, Czart; SOUTH AFRICA (1): Johannesburg UL; USA (1): PML.

CONTENT: Commentarius in Culicem — a7a: Annotatio brevis in Copam. — a7b: Commentarius in Elegias in Maecenatam. — b2a: In Diras. — b4a: In Copam. — b4b: Annotatio brevis in Pseudo–Ausonii idyll. 17 = Riese Anthol. Lat.2 645 (Est et non). 16 = AL 644 (Vir bonus). 14 = AL 646 (Rosae). — b6a: Commentarius alter in Elegias in Maecenatem. — c1b: Commentarius in Aetnam. — c5a: Commentarius in Cirim.

REFERENCES: IGI 2362; GW 5894; BMC VI 761 (considering uncertain the attribution to Magniagus); BSB-Ink C-48; Goff C39; H 4240*; IBP 1370; Bod-inc C-025; Sheppard 4977; Proctor 7272. ISTC ic00039000.