Title: Ex Plauti Comoediis XX quarum carmina magna ...
Publisher: Aldus Manutius and Andrea of Asola (Torresano) (in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Asulani Soceri. Mense Iulio), Venice
Publication Date: 1522
Book Condition: Very Good+
Edition: First Edition.
8vo (200 x 125mm). [xxviii, including index], 284pp. Aldine printerís device [F1] on title and final verso. 30 lines and headline, initial spaces with guide-letter. Italic type. 18th-century speckled calf gilt, rebacked; (remnants of red sealing wax to title, somewhat narrspine chipped at head, portion missing from lettering piece, joints starting). Occasional early marginalia. Early ownership inscription "Di Antonio Pucci" to title, this book possibly at one time in the possession of the powerful Florentine family Pucci, with strong medieval roots to the city; active as poets, politicians, and architects. From the collection of Kenneth Rapoport (ex-libris to front pastedown). The first and only Aldine edition of Plautus, edited by Francesco Torresano. The preface states that the basis of the text was a version prepared by Aldus Manutius and Erasmus. In a letter to Erasmus of 1517, Andrea Torresano, Francescoís father, said that the edition of Plautus is based on copies of the text with the corrections of Aldus and Erasmus. Despite this, Dibdin asserts that there are relatively few textual differences between this and the Giunta edition of the same year; Joseph Dane suggests the reason is that Erasmus and Aldus were not preparing an edition but instead collaborating on a metrical work (Dane, J., "On Metrical Confusion and Consensus in Early Editions of Terence," Humanistica Lovaniensia, vol. XLVIII, pp. 121-123). This work includes an index of most verbs and topics, the life of Plautus and the transliteration of Greek diphthongs in Latin. Of the twenty-one comedies of Plautus today unanimously recognized (but already listed by Varro in the first century BC), only 8 were in circulation at the time of Petrarch. Another twelve returned into circulation beginning in 1429, forming the canon Renaissance also followed by Manutius as in this edition. Wonderful extant Aldine edition, rare occurrence that pages are remaining so exceptionally bright. Adams P-1487; BMC STC it. p. 524; Renouard 94.2. Bookseller Inventory # D6026
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