Dictionarium poeticum, et epitheta veterum poetarum … nunc secondo trans Alpes editum.

Mons, Luca Rivius, 1612.

8vo, pp. [4], 347, [49 (index)]; typographic ornament to title; light dust-soiling at head of first few leaves, light toning and occasional foxing, rust-hole to pp. 269–270 affecting two words, small marginal loss at head of B2 affecting pagination of p. 19; a good copy in contemporary vellum over pasteboard sewn on three cords sewn in; spine later lettered in ink; ties perished, endpapers renewed.


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Scarce Mons-printed edition of Zanchi’s classical onomasticon from A to Z, providing a comprehensive list of deities, notable figures, and locations from the works of Virgil, Horace, Tibullus, Ovid, and Propertius.

Zanchi (1501–1558) compiled this dictionary of Latin epithets at the age of seventeen, first published in 1542 as <>Basilii Zanchi bergomatis epithetorum commentarii. His own Latin verse was much admired by Leo X; he entered the Canons Regular of the Lateran in 1524 and subsequently wandered throughout Italy until he was arrested in 1558 for violation of Paul IV’s edict preventing monks from straying from their monasteries; he died in prison in the same year.

A second edition appeared in 1601 in Leuven under the present title, and another at Antwerp, printed by Bellère in 1612, although no precedence is established (the title-pages of both the Antwerp and Mons editions describe the work as ‘nunc secondo trans Alpes editum’. Luca Rivius, who later published another edition of the work in 1622, had been employed at the printing house of Jean Bellère in Antwerp and was active as a printer in Mons from 1603 to 1618. He is a relative – perhaps a brother – of Gerard Rivius, printer of the first edition at Leuven (Rousselle, p. 199).

OCLC finds copies of this edition at the BnF and Koln only; we find one other, at the municipal library at Mons.

USTC 1120563; Rousselle, Bibliographie montoise 149; not in Brunet or STCV (recording the 1612 Antwerp edition only).

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