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VERGILIUS CARO, Publius; Annibale CARO (1507-1566), translator
L'Eneide di Virgilio del commendatore Annibal Caro con l'aggionta delli argomenti, & le figure in rame
Padua:: Pietro Paulo Tozzi,, 1608. 4to. 4to (220 x 161 mm). [8], 200 pp. Double column, italic types (the last page printed in a much smaller font). Engraved architectural border with Jesuit monogram and caryatids, 13 full-page engravings, comprising a portrait of Caro and an engraving at the head of each book, all within type-ornament borders; woodcut bandeau, initials & tailpieces. Quires Y and Z misbound in reverse order. Light staining in lower margin of title, occasional faint marginal foxing; else fine. Contemporary vellum, ms. title on spine (small repair to backstrip, later endleaves). Two small contemporary ms. correction slips bound in pointing out the binding error; small ms. "3" at foot of title. ***& & first edition thus illustrated of Caro's Italian adaptation of the Aeneid, first published at Venice in 1581. The twelve finely detailed engravings by an anonymous artist each depict, in a single scene, the principal episodes from the relevant book, in a form of illustration first used for editions of the Aeneid in the mid-16th century, and dubbed by Werner Suerbaum the “Argument Type”(Argumentum-Typus), in the Latin sense of argumentum, a concise statement of contents. Identified within the plates by captions in Italian, the characters reappear in different foreground or background positions to denote various points in time, beginning generally at the lower right and ending at the upper left. The foreground figures, denoting action from the beginning of the book, are generally larger than those in the background, regardless of the significance of t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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