Factorum dictorumque memorabilium Libri novem.

Valerius Maximus.

Factorum dictorumque memorabilium Libri novem.

Description: title in red and black, woodcut printer's device to title and last verso, decorated initials, two tiny holes at blank foot of title, very minor loss to outer edge, few brownish damp stains (traces of old inscriptions beneath) and paper a little softened to title and first two leaves, small light water stains at blank head and foot of first and last couple of gatherings, long clean tear from lower outer corner of F2 anciently repaired to blank verso, the odd minor ink splash to text or fore-edge, pp. [24], 542, [2], Italic letter, little Roman, 8vo, contemporary (most probably) French (or Flemish) polished calf over wooden boards, lacking clasps, double blind ruled to a panel design, inner border with blind roll of urns, tendrils and putti, raised bands, a little craquelure to spine, very minor loss at head, couple of small scratches to covers, late 16thC autographs 'Jacquesson' to front pastedown and last verso, c.1700 autograph 'Baebier' to title, 16thC inscription 'Indomitus valet humanitatis auditor' (also, faded, to title) and another to last verso, the odd mid- or late 16thC interlinear annotation (a handful of words blurred or faded by damp), late 16thC '7 bais(?)' inked to rear pastedown.

Publication Details: Mainz: Ivo Schoeffer, 1546

Notes: A good copy of this very popular schoolbook, in a scarce edition – in a charming, remarkably well-preserved, unsophisticated contemporary French or Flemish binding. The 'editio princeps' was produced in Mainz by Peter Schoeffer the Elder, grandfather of Ivo, who took on the press of his father, Peter the Younger, in 1531, and also printed the present. Valerius Maximus (1st century) was a Roman rhetor of whom little is known. This collection of historical and memorable deeds and sayings, divided into nine books, is his only surviving work. It was immensely popular in the Middle Ages and th...more

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Price: £750

Subject: Classics

Published Date: 1546

Stock Number: 69091

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