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Soltau, Wilhelm: aus Hamburg

Published by Bonn, Georgi (1870)

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About this Item: Bonn, Georgi, 1870. Interimsbroschur. Condition: gut. 106 S., 20 cm, Einband flekcig, Rücken leicht beschädigt, gebräunt, Inhalt gut erhalten. Soltau (1846-1924) Sprache: lat Erstausgabe. Seller Inventory # 0248-095

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Silius Italicus,

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About this Item: Gryphius, edition du XVIè siècle, in 32 plein veau ancien, coiffes usagées, 430 pages, Seller Inventory # 28746

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Antoine Dupuy

Published by Paris, Ernest Thorin (1880)

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About this Item: Paris, Ernest Thorin, 1880. Couverture souple. Condition: Très bon. Edition originale. Grand in-8° broché, 112 pp. Quelques rares piqures. Exemplaire non coupé. Seller Inventory # GGB106

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De secundo Bello Punico: ITALICUS Silius

ITALICUS Silius

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About this Item: 1628. relié. Condition: DeCollection. Amsterodami, Ioann Iansonium, 1628. In-16 oblong (10.5 x 5.5 cm) reliure en plein veau du temps jaspé, dos lisse à caisson dorés et pièce de titre bordeaux, doubles filets sur les plats, doré toutes tranches, page de titre gravée, 279 pages. Texte en latin. Exemplaire frais. 16mo, full calf-binding, flat spine with gilt ornaments, gilt edges, engraved title page, 279 p. Fine copy. Silius Italicus (vers 25 - 101 ap. J.C.) poète et homme politique romain du Ier siècle., auteur plutôt méconnu de la littérature latine. Les Punica est le poème épique le plus long de celle-ci (12000 vers) qu'il composa à la fin de sa vie (vers 80 ap. J.C.). Silius y relate la seconde guerre punique, second affrontement entre Rome et Carthage et se termina par le triomphe de Rome sur son adversaire, en particulier sur son chef, Hannibal. Livres. Seller Inventory # 25060

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De secundo Bello Punico (Libri XVII),: SILIUS ITALICUS .

SILIUS ITALICUS .

Published by Blaeu,, Amsterdam, (1631)

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About this Item: Blaeu,, Amsterdam, 1631. in-16 (11 x 6 cm), Ttitre frontispice gravé, marque à la mappemonde, 264 p., reliure de l'époque plein veau brun, plats ornés d'un double filet doré, dos à nerfs, orné, les dorures du dos sont estompées, coiffes légèrement usées, bon état intérieur. Seller Inventory # 5822

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Silius Italicus:

Published by Amsterodami. Apud Ioann Ianßonium. (1628)

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About this Item: Amsterodami. Apud Ioann Ianßonium., 1628. 12 mo. 10, 279 S. Ldr. d. Zt. mit Rückenvergolung und Randvergoldung auf Buchdeckeln, sowie ganzseitigem Goldschnitt. Einband berieben und am oberen Kapital gering angeplatzt, Vorsatz und ein Textblatt mit kleinem Ausriss (zweiterer beiliegend), Bibliotheksvermerk auf Vorsatz, Titelblatt etwas fleckig, sonst altersgemäß gut erhaltenes Exemplar. Sprache: latein. Seller Inventory # 35814AB

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De Graecis Romanorum amicis aut praeceptoribus, a: Antoine Dupuy

Antoine Dupuy

Published by Gesocribatibus : Ex typis Gadreau (1879)

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About this Item: Gesocribatibus : Ex typis Gadreau, 1879. Couverture souple. Condition: Très bon. Edition originale. Grand in-8° broché, 112 pp. Seller Inventory # son5146

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About this Item: Leiden, Plantin, 1600., 1600. 504 S. 11 cm Pgmt schlechter Zustand: Einbd stark bestossen/ fleckig, Einbd gelöst, Vorsatzbl.eingerissen/ beschrieben, N./Notiz a.V., durchgeh.stockfleckig. Seller Inventory # TK11319

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Silius Italicus:

Published by Amsterdam, Janßon, 1620. (1620)

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About this Item: Amsterdam, Janßon, 1620., 1620. 279 S. gest.Ttlbl. 12 cm Pgmt Einbd l.fleckig/ berieben, Buchblock angebrochen, Schnitt fleckig, Ttlbl.u.wenige weitere Seiten l.eingerissen. Seller Inventory # TK10955

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De secundo bello Punico.: SILIUS ITALICUS.

SILIUS ITALICUS.

Published by Amsterdam (Amsterodami), Apud Ioann. Ianssonium, 1628. (1628)

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About this Item: Amsterdam (Amsterodami), Apud Ioann. Ianssonium, 1628., 1628. 12mo. 279,(5 blank) p. Overlapping vellum 11 cm (Ref: Schweiger 2,955; Graesse 6,404) (Details: 5 thongs laced through both joints. Engraved title) (Condition: Vellum age tanned and soiled. Both pastedowns loose. Right edge of first gatherings thumbed and slightly dog-eared. Old ink underlinings and marginalia in book 1, occasionally some ink underlinings in the other books) (Note: The Roman civil servant and poet Silius Italicus was born ca. 26 A.D. in Italica in Spain. He died ca.101 from self-starvation in his country-house near Naples, because he suffered from an incurable illness. Plinius Minor tells about him, that he 'inedia finisse vitam, causa mortis valetudo. Erat ille natus insanabilis clavus (.).' (Pliny Ep. 3,7,1) In retirement Silius Italicus wrote his Punica, a historical epic about the so-called Second Punic War (218-201 BC) in 17 books and more than 12.000 verses. The epic begins 'with Hannibal's oath and, except from digressions on Regulus and Anna, proceed in regular order of events to Scipio's triumph after Zama'. In this battle, fought in 202 B.C., Hannibal was finally defeated. His contemporary Pliny Minor found that Silius Italicus showed more diligence than talent in his poetry. 'Scribebat carmina maiore cura quam ingenio'. (Pliny, Ep. 3,7,5) 'His poetry owes most to the Aeneid of Vergil, but adaptations occur from Lucan's Pharsalia and the other epics. (.) His learning, displayed in endless epithets and catalogues, is tiresome; he has too many rhetorical speeches; his language is not really poetic, and accounts of battles are confused and gruesome; but the versification is not monotonous; his similes are clear and lifelike; and short passages show good narative skill or straightforward description'. (OCD 2nd ed. p. 989) H.J. Rose is less positive than the OCD, he calls Silius Italicus the most tedious writer of the whole Silver Age of Latin literature. § This edition of 1628 is based on the edition of 1600 compiled by the not yet 20 years old Dutch classical scholar Daniel Heinsius, 1580-1655. It is however without his notes. The text in this 1628 edition is preceded by a short biography of the poet by Hermannus Buschius, the 7th letter from the 3rd book of Letters of Pliny, and some epigrams of Martial) (Provenance: On the blank verso of the last leaf in old ink and big curly letters 'Joannis Knijff'; on the inside of the front cover 'Io. Knijf.' On the front flyleaf 'Cornelius Knijff'. On (www.)genealogieonline(.nl) we found a ds. (reverent) Johannes Knijff, 1604-1667, son of Cornelis Knijff, 1558-1636, merchant and civil servant at Utrecht. There are more members of this Dutch family with the same name) (Collation: A-R8, S6 (leaf S4 verso & S5 and S6 blank)) (Photographs on request) 500 gr. Seller Inventory # 120166

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SILIUS ITALICUS

Published by Amsterdam, G. Blaeuw, 1631. (1631)

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About this Item: Amsterdam, G. Blaeuw, 1631., 1631. In-18°. 264 pp. Half-leather over boards. Smooth spine. Little Blaeu edition of this epical poem on the second Punic war by Silius Italicus (25 after J.-C. died 100].With a life of Silius Italicus by Hermann Buschius. Ref: Greasse T6, 404. Seller Inventory # 1108

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SILII ITALICI

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About this Item: SILII ITALICI.De bello punico secundo, poema.Ad fidem veterum monimentorum castigatum, fragmento auctum. Operis integri, editio princeps.P., 1781, in-12, rel. pl. veau marbré, dos à nerfs orné, pièce de titre, mors fendu, qq. rouss., étiq. au dos. 375 gr. Seller Inventory # 75831

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SILIUS ITALICUS. DE SECUNDO BELLO PUNICO (SEGUNDA: SILIUS ITALICUS

SILIUS ITALICUS

Published by Jansonium, Amsterdam (1620)

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About this Item: Jansonium, Amsterdam, 1620. Materia: Libro antiguo de la primera mitad del siglo XVII. Historia - Guerras púnicas. Publicación: Amsterdam, Jansonium, 1620. Descripción: 16º (11 cm). 279 páginas. Encuadernación pergamino de época decorado con filetes dorados en planos y lomo. Cortes dorados. Estado de conservación: Buen estado. Notas: Tiberio Catio Asconio Silio Itálico (en latín: Titus Catius Asconius Silius Italicus), ¿?, 25/26 - Campania, 101, fue un político y poeta épico latino, cónsul en el año 68 y autor de Punica, un larguísimo poema épico sobre la Segunda Guerra Púnica. Seller Inventory # L2350

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About this Item: Leyden, Christophorus Raphelengius, ex Officina Plantiniana, 1600. 11 x 6 cm. Attractive vellum binding on five vellum bands. Triple blindstamp frame along the edges. 504 p. 1st edition. On the spine someone wrote 'Silius Heinsii'. Both pasteboards with bibliographic description. Inscriptions by former owners, a.o. 'Sum D.S. Sibersma: 1714' and (neatly, on the title) 'Sum Bartholomaei Prevostii'. With neat verse numbers and underlining, possibly by Prevostius. Famous edition of the long poem Punica by Silius Italicus, a Roman official of the first century AD, edited by the brilliant scientist Daniel Heinsius, only 20 years old. The second part of the book has a separate title page dated 1601. This part has been compiled by Heinsius with the title 'Crepundia' (literally a toy rattle) contains explications and translations. Bartholomaeus Prevostius (1587-1669) was an early Remonstrant minister. Daniel Simons Sibersma (1696-1728) was also a minister. Seller Inventory # 267631

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SILIUS ITALICUS

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About this Item: Amsterodami, Ioannes Ianssonius, 1628. Titleplate, 279 pp. Parchment. small 8°, 4°. * leather circle on spine (probably a leather librarymark), binding a bit loose, owner's name + text (1806) on endpaper, otherwise good condition*. Seller Inventory # [#617106]

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Silius Italicus, C.,

Published by Amsterdam J Janssonius (1628)

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About this Item: Amsterdam J Janssonius, 1628. 16mo. 279 S. mit illustr. Kupfertitel. Pgtbd d. Zeit (Einbd beschabt, angestaubt u. ohne die Schließbänder, Deckelbezug an d. Kanten teilw. durchgeschabt, Vorsätze u. am Ende wenige Blatt mit Stockflecken, sonst gering braunfleckig, Stempel auf Titelrückseite). Schweiger II, 955.- Angebunden: STATIUS. Denuo ac serio emendatus. Amsterdam, J. Janssonius, 1630. 356 S., 2 Bl. mit illustr. Kupfertitel (in Paginierung enthalten).- Schweiger II, 965. Seller Inventory # 1320555

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About this Item: Leipzig, Thomas Fritsch, 1695., 1695. Condition: 0. Episches Gedicht von Silius Italicus (25-101 v. Chr.) über den zweiten Punischen Krieg (218-201 v. Chr.) mit der Bedrängung Roms durch Hannibal in der Bearbeitung des Philologen, Historikers u. Geographen Christoph Cellarius (1638-1707). - Einband berieben u. etw. bestoßen. Rückenbezug m. Fehlstellen. Durchg. gebräunt u. etw. stockfleckig. - VD17, 1:043400E; Ebert II, 21229. la Gewicht in Gramm: 350 8°. Mit gest. Frontispiz, Titel in Rot u. Schwarz m. Holzschn.-Vignette u. 6 gefalt. Kupferkarten. 11 Bll., 586 S., 26 Bll., Blindgepr. Schweinsldr.-Bd. d. Zt. m. 2 Schließen. Seller Inventory # 12526

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Silius Italicus

Published by G. Blaeuw, Amsterdam (1631)

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About this Item: G. Blaeuw, Amsterdam, 1631. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. With Engraved titlepage. Contemporary Vellum with 5 ties on either side of spine. Ink numbering in margins to Liber Primus only (every 5 lines) likely written in 1673. Former owner's name in ink on inner cover (1920) with additional owner's inscription facing titlepage (1673) and again neatly written surrounding globe on titlepage (same owner from 1673). Inked lettering to spine likely from 17th century. Attractive copy. ; Schweiger II, 955 / Graesse VI, 404. Includes Life of Silius Italicus by Hermann Buschius. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 264 pages. Seller Inventory # 5500

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Silius ITALICUS.

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About this Item: Ex Officina Plantaniana Raphelengii, 1611, 6x 11.5 cm environ, reliure plein vélin de l'époque ou légèrement postérieur, de (2) ff., 286 pp., (4) ff., quelques notes anciennes sur les gardes blanches, quelques rares rousseurs, bon état. PHOTOS SUR DEMANDE. Seller Inventory # 63562

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De secundo bello punico.: Silivs Italicvs

Silivs Italicvs

Published by Amsterdam Blaevw (1631)

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About this Item: Amsterdam Blaevw, 1631. fester Einband. 264 Seiten mit handkoloriertem Kupfertitel. Pergament der Zeit 12°. - Graesse XI, 404. - Das Kolorit des Titels mit Eiweiß gehöht. - Widmung auf Vorsatz, Marginalien von alter Hand. - Durchgehend leicht wasserrandig, im ganzen schönes Exemplar. - Einband mit kleinen Stoßstellen. 2000 gr. Seller Inventory # 2632

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Poetae Clarissimi, De Bello Punico secundo libri: Silius Italicus, Caius

Silius Italicus, Caius

Published by Antonius Gryphius, Lyon (1578)

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About this Item: Antonius Gryphius, Lyon, 1578. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Edition Unstated. Size: 32mo. Text is in Latin. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Full leather (19th century boards professionally rebacked), raised bands on spine, gilt lettering and ruling on spine, gilt decoration along edges of boards, publisher's colophon on title page (gryphon), 444 pages, 34 pages Index, [1 page, another gryphon with "Antonius Gryphius" ]. Spine ends, corners and along edges worn, typical wear to boards, previous owner name front free end paper dated 1861, pages toned, a few stains here and there that do not affect the text. Binding tight, no writing or marks in text except for six numbers written in ink on page 5. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Poetry; Latin Language; Inventory No: 009928. Seller Inventory # 009928

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De Bello Punico secundo poema: Silius Italicus

Silius Italicus

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About this Item: Chardon , Paris, 1781. Rilegato. Condition: quasi ottimo. Volume in 12°, legato in pelle, piatti decorati da doppio filetto in oro, titolo al tassello,sguardie, bianche, frontespizio, epistola, errata, testimonia, bibliografia delle opere per complessive XII, 355 pp, altra errata verso ultima pp, metrica latina, perfetto stato di conservazione 1 volume in 12°, leather-bound, decorated covers with double gilt fillet, title to the frontispiece, blank pages, epistel, errata, bibliography of works for a total XII, 355 pp, other errata to last page, Latin, very nice condition Price : 200 Euro. Seller Inventory # 204

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SILIUS ITALICUS, GAIUS

Published by ANTONIUS GRYPHIUS, Lyon (1578)

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About this Item: ANTONIUS GRYPHIUS, Lyon, 1578. Calf. Condition: Very Good. 444 pages + index, bound in later calf with gilt borders on both boards, title label inset on red morocco, spine has raised bands with elaborate gilt tooling, all edges gilt, some browning but a very good copy. The longest Latin poem, an historical epic on the second Punic War Size: 16mo. Hardback. Seller Inventory # ARK/158

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About this Item: Davidem Dovcevr, Parisiis 1618. 763 pages + Index. Reliure d'époque, titre manuscrit au dos de la reliure. Reliure salie. Petits manques à la page de garde. Annotations sur la page de titre, dont un ex-dono. Rousseurs. Un ex-libris à l'intérieur du plat de couverture. Bon exemplaire. Seller Inventory # 29054

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About this Item: Davide Douceur, Parigi, 1618. Volume in 4º piccolo legato in pergamena, titolo al dorso ornato in oro, sguardie, frontespizio stampato in due colori, bella e grande marca topografica, 19 cc. non numerate, 763 pp, 6 cc. di indici finali. Prima edizione dei commenti all'opera di Silio del Dausqueius Sanctomarius, riportato come Tournac nel Privilege du Roy. Il poema che canta la seconda guerra punica è postillato e glossato con accuratezza, cercando i riscontri nei classici. Una chiara esposizione ed un lungo lavoro di ricerca sugli antichi testi. Volume uniformemente brunito in color tabacco chiarissimo (pochi i quaderni leggermente più scuri), tipico della carta secentesca povera di stracci, qualche macchietta, ininfluenti mende d'uso. Tagli spruzzati, titolo calligrafato sul taglio inferiore. In belle condizioni, importante e raro. Seller Inventory # 7644

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About this Item: Card Covers. Condition: Very Good. ARCHIVAL REPRINT: LIMITED EDITION. Text: Latin. Limited to 85 numbered copies, this being NO. 16. Seller Inventory # 17811109

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SILIUS ITALICUS (25-101 AD)

Published by ALDUS, ALDINE, Venice (1523)

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About this Item: ALDUS, ALDINE, Venice, 1523. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 212 leaves, the first leaf being the title page has been relaid on old paper retaining the Aldine anchor device, which is also on the verso of the last leaf. Binding: bound in 19th century calf, blindstamped, which has been re-spined in later calf with title label onset on brown morocco with gilt lettering. Renouard 98/6. Printed in very clear italic type, in Latin, throughout. All edges speckled. A hole has been punched through leaves 2,3 & 4 at the head of the page, therefore with no loss. Extinct wormholes in several locations, mainly in the margins so no loss of text. Armorial bookplate of Sir Lucius O'Brien Bart relaid on new endpapers. This is a book which has been deservedly rescued and restored to a most presentable condition. SPLENDID VALUE, ALDINE EDITION Size: 6.25 X 4 INCHES, 16 X 10 CMS. Hardcover . Seller Inventory # ALD/9

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Silii Italici De bello Punico secundo XVII: SILIUS ITALICUS.

SILIUS ITALICUS.

Published by (Venice), Aldus, (1523) (Colophon at the end: 'Venetiis in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Asculani soceri, mense Iulio, 1523') (1523)

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About this Item: (Venice), Aldus, (1523) (Colophon at the end: 'Venetiis in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Asculani soceri, mense Iulio, 1523'), 1523. 8vo. 210,(2 colophon & printer's mark) leaves. Calf 16 cm (Ref: EDIT16 37706; Renouard p. 98, 1523,6; Schweiger 2,954; Dibdin 2,405; Brunet 5,383; Graesse 6/1,404; Ebert 21225; USTC 56366; Neue Pauly, Suppl. 2 p. 549) (Details: Back with four raised bands. Aldus' woodcut printer's mark on the title, and on the verso of the last leaf. Printed completely in italics) (Condition: Binding scuffed. Joint cracked, but strong. Corners bumped. Bookplate on front pastedown, and a name on the front flyleaf. Old name and small note on the title. 2 1/2 cm of the blank upper margin of the title has been cut off, and replaced by a strip of paper. A few old underlinings in ink in the beginning) (Note: The Roman civil servant and poet Silius Italicus was born ca. 26 A.D. in Italica in Spain. He died ca.101 from self-starvation in his country-house near Naples, because he suffered from an incurable illness. Plinius Minor tells about him, that he 'inedia finisse vitam, causa mortis valetudo. Erat ille natus insanabilis clavus (.).' (Pliny Ep. 3,7,1) In retirement Silius Italicus wrote his Punica, a historical epic in 17 books and more than 12.000 verses, which recount the events of the Second Punic War (218-201 BC). His main source was Livy. The epic begins 'with Hannibal's oath and, except from digressions on Regulus and Anna, proceed in regular order of events to Scipio's triumph after Zama'. In this battle, fought in 202 B.C., Hannibal was finally defeated. His contemporary Pliny Minor found that Silius Italicus showed more diligence than talent in his poetry. 'Scribebat carmina maiore cura quam ingenio'. (Pliny, Ep. 3,7,5) 'His poetry owes most to the Aeneid of Vergil, but adaptations occur from Lucan's Pharsalia and the other epics. (.) His learning, displayed in endless epithets and catalogues, is tiresome; he has too many rhetorical speeches; his language is not really poetic, and accounts of battles are confused and gruesome; but the versification is not monotonous; his similes are clear and lifelike; and short passages show good narrative skill or straightforward description'. (OCD 2nd ed. p. 989) H.J. Rose is less positive, he calls Silius Italicus the most tedious writer of the whole Silver Age of Latin literature. (H.J. Rose, 'A handbook of Latin literature', Londen 1967, p. 391) § This Aldus edition of Silius Italicus was edited by Franciscus Asulanus, but it is in fact a reissue of Philip Junta's edition of 1515, Florence, which was edited 'summa cura' by Ambrosius Nicander. This 1515 edition was soon considered to be rather incorrect. The merit of this Aldus edition of 1523 is however that it prints for the first time 84 verses which were lacking, as Asulanus tells us in the preface, in book 8: 'Itaque multa mutavimus, nonnulla restituimus, & in principio octavi libri quattuor & octuaginta versus, qui in aliis omnibus desiderabantur, inseruimus'. (Leaf a2 recto) ) These lacking verses in book 8 (in modern editions verses 144 to 224) had recently been discovered in France. The Dutch scholar Nicolaas Heinsius and others doubted the genuineness of these verses, but they still figure in modern editions of Silius Italicus. The authenticity is still debated. An informative recent survey of this controversy can be found in the online version of the dissertation of James Stuart McIntyre, 'Written into the landscape, Latin epic and the landmarks of literary reception', Saint Adrews 2008. It is McIntyre's opinion that the style of the lines is credibly Silian) (Provenance: On the title in old ink: 'Rges Andrs', or 'Rqes Andrs'. Above both names was placed a line with 2 small cross stripes. If these stripes are contraction signs, the name might be 'Rodrigues Andres', or 'Rodriques Andres'. However, the name 'Andrs' also exists. The same (?) hand wrote at the bottom of the title: 'de Silio Martialis l. VII p. 99. Perpetui numquam moritura volumina Sili'. This refers to the first verse of epigram 63 of book 7 of Martials epigrams: 'You who rea. Seller Inventory # 120309

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SILIUS ITALICUS, Gaius

Published by [Jacques Myt] for Barthélemy Troth, (1514)

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About this Item: [Jacques Myt] for Barthélemy Troth, 1514. Soft cover. Condition: Good. 8vo, ff. 196. Italic letter, a little Roman, floriated initials. Light age yellowing, occasional spotting, odd ink stain to title page, light browning, side worm trail to t-p lower margin. Contemporary limp vellum, early ink title to spine, remains of ties, a little worn; text block loosening, joints a bit cracked. Ownership inscription of Luigi Grozo (Groto) on t-p and final blank corrections and annotations in the same hand on first 14 leaves and BBii, “Silius”/“Silvius” inscribed on lower edge. A pseudo-Aldine, masquerading as an Aldine octavo in content, format and typography, of the Latin poem on the Second Punic war by the Roman orator and poet Silius Italicus (c. CE 28-103). The first Aldine edition didn’t appear until July 1523. This copy belonged to Luigi Groto (1541-1585), also called “Cieco d’Adria”, a blind Italian poet, playwright and actor from an aristocratic Venetian family. Groto studied philosophy and literature, and at the age of 15 was already a public orator, thanks to his extraordinary memory. He pronounced speeches on solemn occasions. He founded the Accademia degli Illustrati with other poets and composed poems and numerous theatrical works, influenced by the classical authors and the pastoral tradition, such as “Dalida” and the “Pentimento amoroso”. At the end of his career he participated in the performance of “Edipo Re” at the Olympic theatre in Vicenza. This edition was prepared with considerable care by Damiano Benessa, a merchant from Ragusa, resident in Lyon, and includes two letters to Giovanni Battista Soderini. It was Martial who attributed the “Punica” to Silius and provided information on his life. Probably born in Padua, Silius spent much time in Rome, where he was a renowned forensic orator, later a safe and cautious politician and the last consul appointed by Nero in 68 BC. The work in 17 books with a total of 12200 verses, is the longest surviving Latin poem from antiquity. It concerns the Second Punic War (218–201 BCE) and the conflict between the two great generals Hannibal and Scipio Africanus. The work is dedicated to the Flavian dynasty, particularly Domitian, and describes  i. e.  the siege of Saguntum by the Carthaginians and the sack of the city; Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps; the battles at Ticinus, Trebia, Lake Trasimene, and Cannae; Scipio’s trip to the Underworld; and Hannibal’s final defeat at Zama by Scipio Africanus. As a celebration of Rome’s triumph during the second Punic war, the work is an attempt to blend history into epic. Silius draws heavily on Livy (Books 21–30) for his material, but the general plan follows that of Homer’s“Iliad” and Virgil’s “Aeneid” as well. Its theme is conceived as a duel between two mighty nations, with parallel dissensions among the gods. The descriptions of the numerous battles are made up in the main, of single combats. Scipio and Hannibal are represented as the two great heroes. Dominant elements are rhetoric and the search for the effect, declamatory speeches and the epics. In the 14th century the Second Punic War was seen as a summit of Roman history. Dante and Petrarch were deeply influenced by Silius but his work became popular after it was rediscovered but the scholar Poggio Braggiolini in 1417. From this now lost ms., all existing mss., entirely of the 15th century, derive. Adams, S 1132 ; Ahmanson-Murphy, 517: 1153; Baudrier, VIII, 426; BM STC Fr., 401; Brunet, V, 382 (1513); Renouard, 313:44 (“édition donnée avec assez d’intelligence”); Shaw, The Lyons Counterfeit of Aldus’ Italic type, 130: 59. L2573. Seller Inventory # L2573

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