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Antwerp: Ex officina Christoph. Plantini, 1566. 125 x 85 mm. (5 x 3 1/4"). 449, [1] pp., [6] leaves.Edited by Victor Giselinus. Contemporary calf, covers with gilt fillet border and oval gilt medallion centerpiece with arabesque design, rebacked preserving most of original backstrip, raised bands, spine panels with gilt quatrefoil at center, all edges gilt. Title page with woodcut architectural frame and printer's device. Front pastedown with ink (18th century?) initials and with book label of attorney P. Faulcon; front free endpaper with ink inscription related to the purchase of the volume, dated 1579. Voet IV, 1845. A bit of spotting and crackling to leather, but the binding firm and lustrous; first four quires with faint dampstain to top inch of leaves, a couple of trivial marginal rust spots, but a fine copy internally, quite clean and fresh.Containing the great Roman poet's major work, this is the first in a pocket-sized series of Ovid's works, issued in 1566-67 by one of the leading printers of the period. The text here was revised by Victor Giselinus from the 1533-34 Aldine edition, edited by Andreas Naugerius and Paulus Manutius. In the dedication, Giselinus imparts interesting information about his editing process and enumerates the manuscripts he consulted. Christopher Plantin (1520-89) set up shop in Antwerp as a bookbinder in 1549, but he turned to printing in 1555 and soon rose to the top of his trade, both as a printer and type designer. He produced, among a great many things, the celebrated Antwerp Polyglot Bible of 1569-72 and a steady stream of emblem … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts [United States]

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