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Virgil
Codex antiquissimus a Rufio Turcio Aproniano V.C. distinctus et emendatus qui nunc Florentiae in Bibliotheca Mediceo-Laurentiana adservatur bono publico.
Typis Mannianis, Florentiae [Florence], 1741. FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. [ii], xxxv, [i], 310, [2], 311-459, [1] + additional engraved half-title. Printed in red and black throughout (the red sometimes added by hand) and EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 55 plates, a handful of engravings within the text. Near-contemporary Italian vellum, spine lettered in gilt on a dyed yellow ground, marbled endpapers, edges red. Some light soiling and spotting, a few plates toned, several leaves with light ink stains and one or two paper flaws. Vellum soiled, front joint cracking but strong. Two leaves of bibliographical manuscript tipped in to front endpapers (one early 20th-century, in English, the other 19th-century and Latin), 20th-century typed booklabel mostly removed from pastedown, early ownership inscription of J.S. Strange to initial blank, embossment of Mark Pattison of Lincoln College, Oxford to title-page, manuscript table of the extra plates tipped in at rear. The Pattison copy, extra-illustrated, of the first ever type-facsimile of an ancient manuscript. The Codex Mediceus, a fifth-century manuscript in rustic capitals held in the Laurentian Library in Florence, is one of the oldest surviving exemplars of the text of Virgil; its importance has long been recognised and it was emended by Pomponio Leto in the 1470s before being purchased from the Vatican by Cosimo de Medici. This edition of it uses an old-style font of capitals plus several characters specially cut for the printer, Domenico Maria Manni (1690-1788), to demonstrate not just the readings but the appearance of the manuscript ( … [Click Below for Full Description]
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