[Epitome historiarum:] Justini historici clarissimi in Trogi Pompei historias exordium. Lucii Flori gestorum romanorum epithoma. 

[Venice, Bartolomeo Zani, 3 February 1503]. 

Folio, ff. 54; woodcut initials, woodcut printer’s device to colophon; scattered foxing and marginal dampstaining, wax stain to last leaf touching the register; bound in early-twentieth-century decorated boards; with marginal annotations, underlining, and manicules to virtually every page, in Latin in an Italian sixteenth-century hand, with many of the printed marginalia crossed out and corrected, and with later (seventeenth-century) sparse annotations in Latin and Italian.


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A thoroughly annotated copy of a greatly influential compendium of Trogus’s monumental forty-four-book Historia of the world from Babylon to the Augustan era. 

Much information about Philip II of Macedon, father to Alexander the Great, was lost to posterity and only survived in Justinus’s and Florus’s anthologies and selections.  The Epitome was one of the most widely read texts of the Middle Ages and humanism, printed more than one hundred times in the sixteenth century; this edition closely follows the 1497 edition, edited by Marco Antonio Sabellico.  The main body of marginalia in this copy speaks of a competent contemporary scholar, likely to have been a teacher, who makes notes with textual corrections, thoughts on grammar, and moral lessons to be drawn from history.  A slightly later, less productive annotator leaves notes both in Latin and (more rarely) in Italian. 

EDIT16 51842; Schweiger II, 485; not in Adams. 

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