WITH REPURPOSED HYPNEROTOMACHIAN WOODBLOCKS

Epigram. [epigrammatum] libri magna diligentia nuperrime castigati, adiectis doctissimis commentariis illustrium virorum Domitii Chalderini atque Georgii Merulae … accedunt his omnibus complura adnotamenta ex Angelo Politiano aliisque praestantissimis viris excerpta, ac ipsius authoris vita ab eruditissimo viro Petro Crinito fidelissime collecta.

Lyons, [(colophon:) Jean Moylin for] Romain Morin, 4 April 1522.

4to, ff. [14], clxxxi, [2]; title in roman printed in red and black within woodcut border, text in blackletter with woodcut initials and illustrations; light marginal damp-staining to first and final leaves, slight toning, old repair to title outer margin (with a little loss to border) and wormhole to first 2 ff. (with loss of a few characters), title lightly soiled; nevertheless a good copy in contemporary sheep laid over recent calf, roll-tooled in blind in panels with centre- and corner-pieces in blind, edges stained red and lettered in ink; rubbed and scuffed with a few losses to leather, endpapers replaced; a few eighteenth-century annotations.

£1450

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Epigram. [epigrammatum] libri magna diligentia nuperrime castigati, adiectis doctissimis commentariis illustrium virorum Domitii Chalderini atque Georgii Merulae … accedunt his omnibus complura adnotamenta ex Angelo Politiano aliisque praestantissimis viris excerpta, ac ipsius authoris vita ab eruditissimo viro Petro Crinito fidelissime collecta.

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A handsome early Lyons edition of Martial’s epigrams, with the commentaries of Calderino, Merula, and Poliziano, and illustrated with sixteen attractive woodcuts by Guillaume le Roy. Le Roy’s blocks, previously used to illustrated a 1510 Lyons Ovid, are copied from the unattributed woodcuts used to illustrate the 1497 Giunta Metamophoses, ‘the style [of which] suggests that of the famous Aldine Hypnerotomachia Poliphili which was to follow two years later’ (Mortimer). Even in this new context in the only Morin edition of Martial’s epigrams, the woodcuts lose none of their charm and vivacity.

USTC 145517; Baudrier V, pp. 368-369; cf. Mortimer, French 397 (for the 1510 use of the blocks).

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