Title: Nizolius sive Thesaurus Ciceronianus
Publisher: Johannes Hervagius September 1576, Basel
Publication Date: 1576
Book Condition: Very Good
Folio (340 x 220mm). Woodcut printerís device of Hervagius on title and final verso. Double columns, numbered to 1498; some worming most severe last quarter of text block, toned throughout. Full German pigskin of the period, spine with early ms. title and later morocco label stamped in gilt, blind-stamped with front central panel of Justice, standing in an archway, holding a long sword and scales; below is the legend: IUSTICIE QVIS QVIS PICTVRAM LVMINE CERNIS (two rubbings of this image loose in text block), Justice is surrounded by emblems of the Evangelist writers, then Christological scenes, the Crucifixion and Annunciation, on rear the emblem of Lucrecia, with a fur coat, driving dagger in heart, and the legend CASTATULIT MAGMA FORMA LUCRETIA LAUDEM. Preliminary leaves inscribed in 17th century hand in Latin and title similarly inscribed with ownership inscriptions to title. Nizzoliís chief work, a Latin glossary of words matched with Ciceronian equivalents Mario Nizzoli (1498-1576), or Marius Nizolius as he was known in Latin, was a professor at the University of Parma and one of the staunchest defenders of a strict Ciceronian imitation. His lexicon of Latin was based exclusively on the writings of Cicero and is regarded as ". one of the best known dictionaries from the 16th well into the 18th century (an edition was printed in England as late as in 1820). Leibniz wrote that this Lexicon would last as long as Cicero. The historian Arnold Toynbee has remarked that he was brought up on Nizolius in Latin school." (from "The Observationes in M. T. Ciceronem of Marius Nizolius" by Quirinus Breen /Studies in the Renaissance, Vol. 1, 1954 (1954), pp. 49-58). Nizzoli stood for the strictest kind of verbal imitation of Cicero an arranged his dictionary for the use of youth who aspired to attain the perfect style. This copy survives in good form in a wonderful period German binding of which others of the same style have been located. Bookseller Inventory # D6764
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