Title: [De compendiosa doctrina &] De Proprietate Sermonum. Nunc denuo innumeris locis restituti, & locupletati.
Publication: Parisiis [Paris]: Apud Hieronymum de Marnef, & Viduam Gulmi Cavellat, 1586.
Description: 8vo., pp. [viii] 680 [xxxvi]. Tiny marginal wormhole, once or twice touching a letter in printed marginalia, neat paper repairs to blank corners of first 2 and last 8 leaves, some other corners just a little chipped, some light spotting and browning. Contemporary limp vellum, neatly recased with new cords and endpapers, new ties, edges renewed in places, somewhat darkened.
A collection of works attributed to the 3rd/4th-century grammarian Nonius Marcellus and the 5th/6th-century writer Fabius Planciades Fulgentius (whose grammatical writings owe much to Nonius Marcellus). Marcellus's work, known as the 'De compendiosa doctrina', contains 12 chapters on grammar and 8 chapters on other subjects including food, costume, and navigation. Fulgentius's work, usually called the 'Expositio sermonum antiquorum', is an explanation of obscure words. The editor, Denis Godefroy, was a French jurist who circulated between Geneva, Strassburg, and Heidelberg as war and persecution demanded. Among his other works he produced a new and important edition of the 'Corpus Iuris Civilis'.
Bibliography: Schweiger II 372, 618.
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