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Author: Gellius, Aulus: (Egnatius, J.B., ed.:)

Title: Noctium Atticarum Libri Undeviginti.

Publication: Venetiis: in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Soceri, 1515.

Description: 8vo., ff. (xxxii), 289, (li). Imprint from colophon, anchor devices to first and final leaves. A few very faint marginal annotations in an old hand (e.g. f.147 verso). Dampstaining radiating from bottom edge, sometimes imperceptible but sometimes causing tidemarks and affecting, though by no means obscuring, text. Title-page a little grubby. Wormhole from first leaf to approx. f.166, tiny but affecting first line of text (a few letters, not legibility); a little additional worming to lower margin f.102, diminishing towards f.141. A few neat paper repairs generally to lower edge, the final leaf being particularly affected. Recent semi-limp vellum, gilt title to spine, fore-edges turned in, gilt gauffered edges, title faintly inked to tail edge, endpapers renewed. Spine a little darkened, a few smudgy marks, gilt egdes a bit worn but still very attractive. A very good copy, sympathetically rebound. An inscription to the title-page, thoroughly crossed through, but dated 1738.

Edited by J. B. Egnatius, pseud. of G. B. Cipelli, with a preface by Antonius Marsilius. Renouard finds two variations of the final leaf, one with 'duerniorem' and one with 'duernionem': this copy carries the latter spelling. He continues,'on y voit encore plusieurs autres variations du même genre: au reste le choix entre les deux est indifférent.' Dibdin notes that, 'the work does not contain any commentaries, but a double index sufficiently ample [...]. Fine copies are becoming very scarce.' A lovely example of the beauty and convenience of Aldine's unelaborated octavo volumes of popular Classical authors, highlighted with some early annotations: 'By pruning away one element - the commentaries - and combining two others - the smaller format and the most acceptable titles - Aldus was freeing literature from the study and the lecture-room.' (Lowry, 143)

Bibliography: Renouard 9; Dibdin I (4th edn.) 339

Reference Number: [51787]

Price: £1600

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