Mathesis (De nativitatibus libri VIII). Ed: Franciscus Niger.

Firmicus Maternus (Julius)

Mathesis (De nativitatibus libri VIII). Ed: Franciscus Niger.

Add: Marcus Manilius: Astronomicorum libri V. Aratus: Phaenomena [Latin and Greek]. Tr & adapt: Germanicus Caesar, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Rufius Festus Avienus. Theon: Commentaria in Aratum [Greek]. Pseudo- Proclus Diadochus [i.e. Geminos]: Sphaera [Greek and Latin]. Tr: Thomas Linacrus.

Description: 2 parts bound in 2 vols., with woodcut diagrams in the first part, and numerous woodcut illustrations in the second, all within the text, including the 2 blanks E7 and K10 in the second part, title-page slightly soiled and with a tiny hole, just affecting 1 letter on the verso, 3-line imprint (but not the register) excised from colophon of first part and the gap filled in, second part bound out of order (see below), lower inner corners of 2nd vol. a little damp-stained, ff. [184]; [192], folio (1st part 298 x 204mm, 2nd 307 x 213), first part in late 20th-century blue buckram, ?old blue edges, second part in later (17th- or 18th-century) vellum over boards, repair to upper outer corner of lower cover, early pagination added in brown ink and many marginal notes, bookplate in both vols. of Paul Schmidtchen, his pencil notes at the beginning of each vol., good

Publication Details: [colophon:] Venice: Aldus Manutius, [June] and October, 1499

Notes: Some of the texts had appeared before (Manilius, Avienus &c), but the edition contains two notable firsts: the first edition of Aratus, and the first printing of Linacre's translation of Proclus, itself Linacre's first published work. This important collection is known as Scriptores astronomici veteres, the group term invented by Hain: it nowhere appears in the book itself, but ever since Hain it has had common currency. The two parts were printed some months apart, and it is not uncommon to find them separately. Paul Schmidtchen had evidently acquired the second part on its own (his collation...more

Bibliography: (ISTC if00191000; Renouard, page 20(3), 'rare, et d'une très belle exécution')

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Price: £25,000

Subject: Classics

Published Date: 1499

Stock Number: 55298

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