With Over One Hundred Beautiful Sixteenth Century Woodcut Illustrations
VIRGIL. P. Virgilii Maronis Opera. Nunc Recens Accuratissime Castigata, Cum Acerrimi Iudicii Virorum Commentariis. Venice: Apud Iuntas , 1544.
Folio in sixes (12 1/8 x 8 1/4 inches; 309 x 210 mm.). [10], 583, [1, priapeia and epitaphia], [1, colophon and device] leaves. Lacking final blank D6. The Aeneid with separate title-page and 1543 imprint. Main title within pictorial woodcut border, woodcut printer's device on final leaf verso, historiated woodcut initials throughout, and 113 cuts. Errors in pagination, as issued.

Early 18th century half vellum over marbled boards. Black morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Boards a bit rubbed and worn along edges. Some early marginalia throughout, notably on the verso of the final printers device leaf. A few pages with early paper repairs and a other pages with some marginal tears and chips. Ink staining to the leaf containing the priapeia and epitaphia, top edge of this leaf with some chipping. Newer endpapers. On front free endpaper bookplate of previous owner Ferdinando Jabalot (presumably the Dominica father [1832-1834]), and the bookplate of Florence bookseller Leo SAmuel Olschki [1861-1940]. Overall a very good copy.

A notably clean and attractive copy of the 1544 Venice edition of Virgil's Opera, this compilation is impressive not only for its comprehensiveness, including versions of The Aeneid, Georgics, and Eclogues, but also its copious accomplished woodcuts, the majority of which are half- to nearly full-page illustrations. The woodcuts are closely based on those of the Grüninger edition which was published in Strasbourg om 1502, and may have possibly been printed using the same blocks (Adams, T371).

In addition to being a rare work at institutional libraries (OCLC reports just seven copies in institutional libraries in the U.S.), and we could not find any copies that have come up at auction since 1940.

HBS # 65229 $7,500