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Prudentius Clemens, Aurelius.
Aurelii Prudentii Clementis V.C. Opera omnia nunc primum cum codd. vaticanis collata praefatione, variantibus lectionibus, notis, ac rerum verborumque indice locupletissimo aucta et illustrata.
Ex Regio Typographeo, Parmae, 1788. First edition of Prudentius from the Bodoni press. Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (348 ? ca. 410) was a Roman Christian poet born in Northern Spain, known for the asceticism he adopted late in life as well as for his lyric (Cathemerinon, Peristephanon), didactic (Apotheosis, Hamartigenia, Psychomachia), and polemical works (Contra Symmachum). The Psychomachia is particularly notable as one of the earliest Western examples of allegorical verse, exerting much influence on the subsequent medieval development of that genre. Here, the texts were edited by Giuseppe Teoli, who signed the dedication as well as supplying the preface, footnotes, and indexes. This is a typically handsome Bodoni production with wide margins, an elegant type, and a different engraved vignette on each title-page; Dibdin calls it ?one of the most beautiful editions of a classical author I ever beheld.? 18th- and 19th-century critics tended to agree with him and with Eschenburg, who deemed this edition "splendid and valuable." Binding: Contemporary light brown morocco, covers with wide frames composed of multiple gilt rolls, spines of darker brown morocco with gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels. Board edges and turn-ins with gilt rolls; endpapers of light blue moir? silk. All edges gilt. Provenance: Front fly-leaf of vol. I with affectionate inked gift inscription from David Williams to John Griffiths (both academics of the University of Oxford, as referenced in the inscription), dated 1854. Front pastedowns each with 19th-century bookseller's small leather label … [Click Below for Full Description]
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