The Aldine Edition


Edited by Alessandro Sarti. Roman type, 38 lines & headline. [452] leaves (incl. final blank in Vol. I). One vol. in two. Royal folio (290 x 195 mm.), 18th cent. polished Italian calf (minor marginal dampstaining to final leaves of Vol. II), spines gilt (short crack at foot of upper joint of Vol. I, head of spine of Vol. II a bit wormed), red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Venice: Aldus Manutius, July 1498.

First edition, and the first collected edition of a contemporary author. Poliziano (1454-94), “was a private tutor to the sons of Lorenzo de’ Medici before becoming professor of Greek and Latin at Florence. Although not a classical author, Poliziano was nonetheless admired by Aldus for the elegance of his writing, and this publication may have been intended to serve as a model of elegant Latin and Greek composition. The books’ format is royal folio, uniquely so among Aldine folios, substantially taller and squarer than the customary elongated super-chancery size that Aldus championed.”–Clemons & Fletcher, Aldus Manutius (Grolier Club: 2015), no. 14.

On leaf H8r we find Aldus’s first attempts at Hebrew typography within a textual setting. There is also printing in Greek.

Fine fresh set.

❧ Goff B.

Price: $40,000.00

Item ID: 6157

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