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In hoc volumine haec continentur M.T. Cic. Officiorum Lib III. Cato Maior, sive de Senectute. Laelius, sive de Amicitia. Somnium Scipionis ex VI. De Rep. Excerptum.
In aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Asulani Soceri, Venetiis [Venice] 1517 - 8vo, ff. [vii], 158, [1]. Blank leaves A8 and u7 discarded, final leaf (containing just the anchor symbol) sometime early on cut down and mounted. Early 19th-century vellum boards, spine lettered in blind, boards bordered with a double blind rule. Early annotations washed from margins, old repairs to blank corner of last 9 leaves (post-dating the mounting of the final anchor symbol), a bit of light soiling. Binding a little dustsoiled as well. Bookplate of George Soaper to flyleaf along with ink reference to Renouard (with statement 'collated and perfect - very rare'), acquisition note 'Exchanged from the collection of Dr Butler, Bishop of Lichfield' (1774-1839) to front pastedown. The first Aldine edition of Cicero's 'De Officiis' and other philosophical works. At the end are translations into Greek, by Theodore Gaza, of the Somnium Scipionis and Cato Maior. Renouard calls this 'almost as rare' as the Terence of the same year, and two previous owners have written 'very rare' on the endpapers of this copy - and indeed while not unheard of it is scarce, with no presence in auction records and COPAC locating copies in just four locations (BL, Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester); EDIT16 finds a dozen locations in Italy. A Florentine Giunta edition of the same texts from earlier the same year - dated January instead of June - is relatively common. Ahmanson-Murphy 152; Renouard 79:2; Adams C1737; CNCE 12204; Dibdin I 414. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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