Title: M. T. Ciceronis) Philippicae, diligentissime...
Publisher: ex officina Michaelis Vascosani (Michel de Vascosan for Jodocus Badius) M.D.XXXVII , Paris
Publication Date: 1537
Book Condition: Very Good
4to (225 x 172mm). , 250 (i.e. 248) leaves, erroneous numbering as common (124 numbered, 114, 245-248 numbered, 247-250). With the trademark Badius woodcut printerís device depicting a printing press on title (Rénouard no. 24). Commentary by Francesco Maturanzio, Filippo Beroaldo, George of Trebizond, Christoph Hegendorph, and Johannes Sturm. Later binding of early manuscript vellum over boards, ms. title to spine: CICERONI PHILIPPICI; (top and parts of spine chipped; occasional minor damp stains in margins and hinges, A4 and OO4 mounted, Ee1 and 2 remargined with old paper manuscript (pp. 105-106), Aa4 with large marginal excision). Good copy, interesting in its own right and then enhanced by annotations in French and Latin and scattered pen work, mostly doodles of faces in the margins, by a clever, early reader. 19th-century manuscript notes in French laid-in after p. 99, describing travel observations in Italy. This second Vascosan edition is preceded by an edition of 1529. It remains scarce, located on OPAC at only four North American institutions. The Philippics, or orations, of Cicero condemned the conduct of Marc Antony following Caesarís assassination in 44 BCE. The series of fourteen mature speeches that Cicero made against Marc Antony were delivered after more than forty years of intense activity in the Roman Senate. The Philippics are important as the final speeches of Romeís greatest orator at the height of his influence, delivered in the midst of exceptional social and political upheaval. According to Tactitus, the Roman historian, it was the Philippics that made Cicero famous for all time. Jodocus Badius (or Josse Badius, 1462-1535), sometimes also called "Badius Ascensius," was a pioneer of the printing industry and arguably the most productive of his contemporaries in the early 16th century. His shop was known for printing several of the Roman classics and comedies, which shaped the early modern book market. On the trademark Badius printerís emblem, the old wooden printing press is inscribed with the Latin motto "Pr[a]elum ascensianum" (ascending press), the motto by which his printing establishment became widely known. Bookseller Inventory # D11001
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