Epigrammata libri. XIIII. Una cum commentarijs Domitij Chalderini & Georgij Merule: & cum figuris suis locis appositis: nec non ornatissima tabula per alphabetum nuper addita numquam amplius impressa

Autore: MARTIALIS, Marcus Valerius (ca. 39-104)

Tipografo: Giorgio Rusconi

Dati tipografici: Venezia, 1514

Folio (317x211 mm). [2], CXLIX [i.e.148] leaves. Leaf 70 omitted in numbering. Collation: A10 B-R8 S-T6. Title page printed within a woodcut frame with the printer's device in the center, woodcut initials, 17 woodcut vignettes in text (partly repeated), of which one is half page and surrounded by a decorated border on black ground (l. A10v). Text printed in two columns, Greek and Latin types. On title page contemporary ownership's entry “Ex libris Patrum Congregationis Sacrorum Clavorum”. Contemporary half calf, inked title on outer edge, two of the original flyleaves preserved, one of which bearing a Latin poem written by a contemporary hand in red ink. Some of the illustrations have been partially colored (mostly in red) by a contemporary hand. Some marginal annotations and reading signs by a contemporary hand in red and brown ink. Round worm holes at the beginning and at the end of the volume, some marginal staining, but a good copy.


Fine illustrated edition of Martial's Epigrams with the commentary by Giorgio Merula (d. 1494) and Domizio Calderino (ca. 1447-1478). The illustrations are mostly a copy of those in the edition of Martial printed by Pincio in 1510, which in turn were taken from Malermi's Bible of 1490. The large woodcut on the verso of l. A10 is taken from Cicero's Epistolae familiares of 27th May 1511, while the frame comes from the Bergomensis of 4th May 1506.


Edit 16, CNCE46785; Essling, 1672; Sander, 4397; Schweiger, II, p. 594.