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2 First Aldine edition of Statius/ ethymological dictionary 106

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Description: First Aldine edition of Statius

STATIUS, Publus Papinius.
Sylvarum libri quinque. Thebaidos libri duodecim. Achilleidos duo. [Together with:] (Marcus MUSURUS), Orthographia et flexus Dictionum Graearum omnium apud Statium cum accentib(us) et generib(us) ex variis utriusque linguae autorib(us).


Important Aldus edition of the collected (three) works by Publius Papinius Statius (ca. 45-96), a Roman poet of the Silver Age of Latin literature born in Naples, also known for his appearance as a major character in the Purgatory section in Dante's he Divine Comedy. This edition is the first Aldine and pocket edition of Statius' works.
The book opens with the ethymological dictionary of the Greek words used by Statius (Sometimes these 40 lvs. are bound at the end): Title, letter by Aldus to Marcus Musurus (ff. a1v-a2r), 'Orthographia' (ff. a2v-e4v), Aldus lectori and errata (ff. e5r-e7v), Aldus' printer's device (f. e8r (verso blank).
The 'Sivarum libri quinque' are on ff. a1r-i7v (f. a1v: letter by Aldus to Joannes Pontanus; i8 blank); the 'Thebaidos libri duodecim' on ff. k1r-G3v (on f. G4r the 'Register', including the collation of the Achilleidos and the anathema 'Ne quis hoc impune queat imprimere cautum est'); the 'Achilleidos libri duo' are on ff. A1r-C3v; on f. G4r the impressum (August 1502) and 'Cautum est et in hoc, ut in caeteris'.

Some dampstains. Good copy.
Adams S-1670; Machiels S-539; Renouard, p. 35, nr. 7; STC Italian 646; UCLA 61.
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