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CATO, Marcus Porcius, VARRO, Marcus Terentius, COLUMELLA, Lucius Moderatus, PALLADIUS, Rutilius Taurus
Libri de re rustica [Scriptores rei rusticae]
Venice, in aedibus haer. Aldo Manuzio & haer. Andrea Torresano, 1533. [GILT INITIALS] 8vo. ff. (liv) 295 (i). Italic letter with Roman. Initials supplied in gold with red penwork, printer’s device to t-p and final ep, a few woodcuts of agricultural instruments and land measurements, a.e.g. Very light age yellowing, the odd marginal spotting. A fine, very well-margined copy, crisp and clean, in early C18 French crimson morocco in the style of Derome, marbled paper to pastedowns, cover edges gilt to a triple rule, gilt inner dentelles. Spine in seven compartments, with large gilt thistle, rosettes and foliage, gilt title and printer’s name. Armorial bookplate of William George Arthur Ormsby-Gore, 4th Baron Harlech, to front pastedown, silk marker. The early initials painted gold with red penwork were probably produced in France by an anonymous artist. They reflect types based on Roman epigraphy, especially Geoffrey Tory’s manual ‘Champfleury’ (Paris, 1529). They may have been inspired by the gilt initials often executed for Jean Grolier. The finely gilt thistles on the spine closely resemble those in Barber, ‘Printed Books and Bookbindings’, FL. 75, W.Cat.212. A fine, large copy of this successful collection of famous classical texts on agriculture, edited by the friar and humanist Giovanni Giocondo and integrated with material from the Giunta edition of 1521. The thorough subject index which precedes the texts was devised for a C16 readership interested in the classical rustic virtues of landownership and the practical aspects of country life, with topics as varied as the be … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sokol Books Ltd. ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]

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