Title: Latinae linguae dictionarium Sive de ...
Publisher: Per Robertum Winter, Anno Domini M.D.XLIIII , Basel
Publication Date: 1554
Book Condition: Very Good
Folio (310 x 205mm). , 1880 double columns in [952pp]. Woodcut printer’s device of Winter (Minerva holding head of Medusa and spear, with owl at her feet) to title and final verso. Full period German pigskin, stamped in blind, lacking clasps; lightly toned, some underlining, otherwise crisp and clean, binding somewhat rubbed and dated in ink on front cover "DICTIONARIVM MDXLIIII ." 17th-century ownership inscription to title "Samuel M[.] Elbing." Elbing was a city in Royal Prussia. Early ink library stamp to title (effaced). At once in the collection of a religious fraternity with their emblem gilt-stamped to front cover "Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum habitare fratres in unum"(Latin, from Psalm 133) and dated 1604. Nizzoli’s Latin dictionary of 1544, published in response to Estienne’s edition. A rare early edition of this great monument of Renaissance humanist scholarship first published in 1535. Mario Nizzoli, or Marius Nizolius as he was known in Latin, was a professor at the University of Parma and an expert Latin lexicographer. In 1520, he published his chief work, the Thesaurus Ciceronianus, which had first appeared as Observationes in Ciceronem in 1535, documenting approximately 20,000 words. Nizzoli dared to publish an augmented version of Robert Estienne’s Linguae latinae thesaurus in Venice in 1550-51 and inspection of this edition in press enraged Robert, who recognized some of the added words as ones which he carefully identified as to be omitted from his dictionary and counterfeit or post-classical. The work also includes a biographical note to Italian cardinal Giovanni Francesco Gambara (1533-1587). Bookseller Inventory # D6765
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