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The Lyon Vergil

Vergil (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70-19 B.C.)
Opera Vergiliana docte & familiariter exposita: docte guide[m] Bucollica & Georgica a Servio, Donato, Mancinello & Probo nuper addito, cum adnotationib[us] Beroaldinis, Aeneis vero ab ijde[m] pr[a]eter Mancinellum & Probu[m] & ab Augustino Datho in ejus principio, Opusculoru[m] pr[a]eterea q[uae]da[m] ab Domitio Calderino. familiariter vero o[mn]ia ta[m] opera q[uam] opuscula ab Jodoco Badio Ascencio

Lyon: Jacobus Saçon for Ciriacus Hochperg, 1517

$30,000.00

Folio: 30.8 x 21.5 cm. Collation: Pt. I: 216 lvs. Collation:*10, a-z8, aa-bb8, cc6 (cc6 blank). Pt. II: 342 lvs. Collation: ††8, A-Z8, AA-QQ8, RR-SS6, TT10

These blocks were cut for Grüninger’s 1502 edition of Vergil, the first illustrated Vergil. The book, edited by Sebastian Brant, was extraordinary in the number and variety of its illustrations. “Grüninger’s artist applied to the work a skilled hand and a lively imagination… The blocks must have passed to Saçon at Lyon shortly after the printing of the Strasbourg 1515 edition of Thomas Murner’s German translation of the ‘Aeneid,’ described in Murray’s catalogue of German books, vol.

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Brunet V 1282; Baudrier vol 12, pp. 344-346; Renouard, Badius Ascensius, vol. 3 p. 370-372, no. 11. Cf. Eleanor Winsor Leach, "Brant's and Dryden's Editions of Vergil" in "The Early Illustrated Book", pp. 176 ff.) and Rabb, Theodore K. "Sebastien Brant and the First Illustrated Edition of Vergil." in "Princeton University Library Chronicle 21", 1960: 187-99.

A Fine Large-Paper Copy of the First Edition

Vergil (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70-19 B.C.); Dryden, John (1631-1700)
THE WORKS OF VIRGIL: Containing His PASTORALS , GEORGICS, AND ÆNEIS. Translated into English Verse; By Mr. Dryden. Adorn’d with a Hundred Sculptures.

London: Printed for Jacob Tonson 1697

$20,000.00

Folio: 44.6 x 28.7 cm. [ ]2, A2, *4, **4, ***2, ****2, *****2, †2, ††2 x1, B-G4, [¶]4, [¶¶]2, H-T4, U2; (a)-(f)4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Ffff4, Gggg2, Hhhh-Iiii4, Kkkk2.

“Dryden’s translation of Vergil” says Pope, (whose own translation of Homer was inspired by Dryden’s work) “is the most noble and spirited translation I know in any language.”

“The book was published by subscription, a system of joint-stock patronage now coming into vogue. Dryden’s correspondence with [his publisher] Tonson showed a good many bickerings during the publication.

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Wing V-616; Macdonald 33A; Wither to Prior #325; Malone I.1.313; See John Barnard “The Large- and Small-Paper Copies of Dryden’s The Works of Virgil (1697)” in “Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America” {Columbia, SC} 92, no. 3 (1998 Sept): p. 259-71.

Virgil with an "i". The First edition of Valeriano's "Corrections and Variants"

VERGIL. Valeriano, Pierio (1477-1560)
Castigationes et uarietates Virgilianae lectionis. per Ioannem Pierium Valerianum

Rome: Ant. Blades Asulanus, 1521

$7,400.00

Folio: [28], lxxi, [1], 212 [i.e. 202], [2] p. Collation: aa, bb-hh, A-R.

FIRST EDITION of this groundbreaking work of Renaissance textual analysis. The book, with its collations of several manuscripts of Virgil, was "the first text-critical commentary that centered on recording and assessing the readings of the manuscripts."(Grafton) The book also includes Valeriano's famous attempt to resolve the vexing question of how Virgil/Vergil spelled his name. It was Valeriano, an adherent to the methods of Poliziano, who nevertheless broke with his esteemed predecessor and "gave Europe scholarly permission to ignore Poliziano and spell Virgil's name with an 'i'.

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Adams; V49; BM STC Italian, 1465-1600, p. 707; Fumagalli, G. Catalogo delle edizioni romane di Antonio Blado Asolano ed eredi, 6

In Contemporary Pigskin with Clasps

Vergil. 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

$8,800.00

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

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.

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VD16 V 1377

With Eighteen Full-Paged Woodcuts - A Beautiful Copy

Vergilius Maro, Publius (70-19 B.C.)
Poemata quæ extant, omnia. Adiectis figuris egregiè depictis. Et doctissimorum uirorum scholijs ac annotationibus, partim antehac, partim nunc primùm publicatis: quarum catalogum sequens pagella enumerabit.

Frankfurt: Sigmund Feyerabend, George Corvinus (Rab), & the heirs of Weigand Han, 1563

$9,500.00

Octavo: 16 x 9.75 cm. [16], 818, [22] p. a-z8, A-Z8, Aa-Gg8, Hh4

This edition of Vergil’s works, edited by Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560), features a "prolegomena" by Josse Badius Ascensius (1462-1535), more than 100 pages of notes on the Bucolics and the Georgics compiled by Johannes Frisius (1505-1565) from various authorities, and "arguments" for each book of the Aeneid. In addition to the Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid, this edition contains the minor poems of the "Index Vergiliana", various epigrams, and Maffeo Vegio’s (1406-1458) conclusion of Vergil’s epic, the "Aeneidos Supplementum".

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VD 16, V 1367; Adams V 499; See Schweiger II, 1164 (1567 ed.); Not in STC

The Grüninger Vergil –The First Illustrated Edition - An Annotated Copy in Original Pigskin

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

Strasbourg: Johann Grüninger, 28 August 1502

$55,000.00

Folio: 30 x 21.5 cm. A6, B-G8, HH+1, I-S8, T-V10, X-Z8; AA-VV8, XX6, YY-ZZ8, a-f8, aa-cc8, dd10

The book, edited by Sebastian Brant, is extraordinary in the number and variety of its illustrations. “Grüninger’s artist applied to the work a skilled hand and a lively imagination."(Mortimer) There are 143 illustrations in the "Aeneid", 10 in the "Eclogues", 39 in the "Georgics", and 21 for the shorter and spurious poems. Another full-page woodcut graces the title page.

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USTC 688629; VD16 V1332

A Fine Copy

Vergilius Maro, Publius (70-19 B.C.)
P. Virgilii Maronis Opera interpretatione et notis illustravit Carolus Ruaeus Soc. Iesu… ad usum Serenissimi Delphini. Editio Secunda

Paris: Apud Simonem Benard, Ex Typographia Dionysii Thierry, 1682

$2,900.00

Quarto: 24.2 x 19 cm. [xxvi], 864, [clxxxviii] pp. Signatures: a4, e4, i4, õ1, A-5Q4, a-z4, [2d]a4 (lacking blank 2G4). With an added engraved frontispiece.

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Schweiger 1170-1171.

The Elizabethan Vergil

Vergilius Maro, Publius (70-19 B.C.); Phaer, Thomas (1510?-1560), translator
The Thirteene Bookes of Aeneidos. The first twelve beeing the worke of the diuine poet, Virgil Maro, and the thirteenth, the supplement of Maphæus Vegius. Translated into English verse, to the first third part of the tenth booke, by Thomas Phaer Esquier: and the residue finished, and now newly set forth for the delight of such as are studious in poetrie: By Thomas Twyne, Doctor in Physicke.

London: Printed by Thomas Creede, 1607

$18,000.00

Quarto: 17.6 x 13.1 cm. a4, A-V8, X4 (lacking blank leaf X4)

Thomas Phaer, "the first Englishman to attempt a translation of the whole work" (DNB) was also the first to translate the Aeneid into English verse (after Caxton’s prose and Douglas’ Scots translations.) Phaer died without completing the work. Thomas Twyne added a translation of the remaining three books of the epic (1573); the 1584 edition was the first to contain the "thirteenth book" or continuation of Maphaeus Vegius.

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STC 24805; Harris, First Printed Translations into English (1573) p.159; cf. Pforzheimer Cataogue 1028; cf. Langland to Wither, 238