16mo, pp. 335, [1 blank]; woodcut device to title, initials and tail-piece; closed tears (without loss) at foot of C2 and F7, small loss to lower margins of M1 and M2 affecting only catchwords; light damp-staining, a few marks, but overall a good in contemporary stiff vellum, title inked to spine; front hinge split, boards somewhat marked and worn; contemporary ink notes to endpapers including the name ‘Ardutius'.
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M. Ualerii Martialis epigrammata. Opera, et industria Andreae Frusij, Soc. Iesu Theologi.
Scarce pocket edition of Martial’s Epigrams as edited by the notable French Jesuit André des Freux (c. 1515–1556), published in the city of Cuneo in Piedmont.
One of the earliest members of the Society of Jesus, Des Freux acted as secretary to Ignatius of Loyola and translated his Spiritual Exercises into Latin in 1548. The first edition of his Martial appeared posthumously in 1558, with a short preface by his fellow Jesuit Edmond Auger, which is reprinted here.
Sommervogel III, 1047. We have been unable to trace any copies outside Italy.
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