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TYPOGRAPHIC FACSIMILE - MANUSCRIPTS, ANCIENT). VERGILIUS MARO, PUBLIUS
CODEX MEDICEUS]. P. VERGILI MARONIS CODEX ANTIQVISSIMVS
Typis Mannianis, Florentiae [Florence], 1741. 260 x 175 mm. (10 1/8 x 6 7/8"). 2 p.l., xxxv, [1], 459 pp. With the half title. FIRST EDITION. RICHLY GILT CONTEMPORARY SLATE BLUE MOROCCO with wide filigree frames formed by multiple decorative rolls, floral centerpiece composed of small tools, raised bands, gilt compartments with fleuron centerpiece surrounded by small tools, curling cornerpieces, one compartment with date "1743," another with gilt titling, gilt-rolled turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Engraved title, medallion portrait on printed title, historiated engraved headpiece and initial, engraved typographic specimen in the text, decorative tailpiece. Printed in red and black. Front pastedown with book label of Gulielmi [William] O'Brien and library label of Milltown Park Jesuit Library; title page with library's ink stamp. Forbes Collection, p. 9; Updike I, 171; Dibdin, p. 551; Brunet V, 1291; Graesse VII, 341; Schweiger II, 1174. Tiny chip to head of front joint, extremities a little rubbed, slight variations to color of boards, but the once-splendid binding solid and still bright with gilt. Isolated minor marginal smudges or stains, but A VERY FINE COPY INTERNALLY, clean, crisp, and quite bright, with deep impressions of the type. This is Joseph Manni's intriguing attempt to give an exact textual and a convincing paleographical replication of the most important and complete ancient manuscript of Virgil, the famous "Codex Mediceus" in the Laurentian Library in Florence. As such, it is the first typographic facsimile of any manuscript, and qualifies as an important even … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
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