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Cai Iulii Caesaris Invictissimi I[m]peratoris Co[m]mentaria nunc primu[m] a viro doctor expolita: et optime recognita. Additis de novo apostillis: Una cu[m] figuris suis locis apte dispositis
venice, agostino Zani 1511 - Caesar, Gaius Julius. Cai Iulii Caesaris Invictissimi I[m]peratoris Co[m]mentaria nunc primu[m] a viro doctor expolita: et optime recognita. Additis de novo apostillis: Una cu[m] figuris suis locis apte dispositis Venice, Agostino Zani, 17 August 1511. Folio. [4 +110 + [8]f.Roman letter. Title text in red with large woodcut of cavalry battle scene (92 x 120mm) surrounded by red ornamental border made up of 4 compartments (same woodcut repeated in black on 1st page of text with different border), 12 woodcuts (56 x 74mm) in the text at beginnings of chapters, 1 halfpage woodcut within ornamental border on f.51, historiated decorative initials white on black in different sizes. Early 18th century calf, gilt, backstrip richly gilt with title label; book block red; marbled end papers. The renowned first illustrated folio edition of Caesar’s War Commentaries published in Italy, edited by Luca Pavetio. The woodcuts of this beautiful Venetian imprint (with one exception) were first used for the 1493 Venetian Giunta edition of Livy’s histories of the Punic wars. The magnificent title woodcut shows a cavalry battle scene; the subject of the halfpage woodcut on leaf 51 is Lentulus addressing the Roman Senate. The smaller woodcuts adorning chapter headings remind of the illustrations used for the 1499 Aldine edition of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Colophon on verso of leaf 110, followed by the index of Raimundus Marlianus. An exceptionally good copy. Essling, Livres à figures vénitiennes, III (1909) pp231-232, no 1727. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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