Testo latino. Cm.15,8x9,8. Pg.(64), 592. Legatura in piena pergamena rigida, con titoli manoscritti, sbiaditi, al dorso. Tagli spruzzati. Frontespizio con la tipica marca tipografica del grifone, con il motto "Virtute duce comite fortuna". Due piccoli tasselli rimossi al frontespizio, con dozzinale restauro cartaceo. Menda cartacea alla parte inferiore dell'ultima carta, dove, al verso, compare ancora il grifone. Alcuni capilettera ornati. Notazioni di proprietà al frontespizio e al foglio di guardia anteriore, e svariate antiche chiose manoscritte nel testo. L'erudito Aulus Gellius (probabimente Roma, 115 d.c. circa - 165 circa) fu giurista, grammatico e retorico. Le "Notti attiche" costituiscono la sua unica opera, compilata appunto durante le notti trascorse in un podere dell'Attica, con lo scopo di erudire i giovani. La presente costituisce una delle due edizioni stampate dal Gryphius a Venezia (l'altra è del 1556), oltre alle numerose impresse a Lyon. > Brunet, II, 1523, segnala un'edizione lionese, sempre del Gryphius, dello stesso anno. Schweiger, I, 378. Non presente in Adams e Graesse. 450 gr. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Titel: AULI GELLII LUCULENTISSIMI SCRIPTORIS NOCTES...
Verlag: Ioan. Gryphius
Einband: Copertina rigida
Buchbeschreibung Lyon (Lugduni), Apud Haered. Seb. Gryphii, 1560., 1560. (LXIII)(I blank),533,(3 blank) p. Limp vellum 17 cm (Ref: Schweiger 378; Dibdin 1,340: 'beautiful and accurate edition, (.) deserving of the student's notice'; Moss 1,203; Graesse 3,46; Ebert 8283) (Details: Gryphius' woodcut printer's mark on the title, depicting a griffin, which mythological animal symbolizes courage, diligence, watchfulness, and rapidity of execution, used as a pun of his family name Gryph or Greif. From the claws of this creature hangs a big rectangular stone, beneath which is a winged orb. The motto is 'Virtute duce / comite fortuna', 'Virtue thy leader, fortune thy comrade', a quote from a letter of Cicero to Plancus (Epistulae ad Familiares, liber X,3). At the end a woodcut griffin. The text is printed completely in italics, except for the title) (Condition: Vellum shabby, wrinkled and showing some old repairs. Corners somewhat dog-eared at the end and beginning. Two old ownership inscriptions on the title, one on the front pastedown. Upper margin of the first gatherings and a number of gatherings halfway slightly waterstained. Front flyleaf removed. Paper yellowing. A few small ink stains on the edge of the bookblock) (Note: The Latin author Aulus Gellius, ca. 125-180 AD, was never counted as a major author in antiquity, nor later. His only work 'Noctes Atticae' or 'Attic Nights', is a miscellany that 'ranges from literature to law, from wondrous tales to moral philosophy; one of his favorite topics is the Latin language'. (.) The exposition, in a mildly archaizing but never difficult Latin, often takes the form of dialogues with or between culturally eminent persons whom Gellius had known'. It derives its name from the fact of its having been written during the long nights of a winter which the author spent in Attica as a young itinerant student. The Noctes Atticae were exploited by pagans and Christians alike in late antiquity. In medieval florilegia he is much quoted for piquant tales and moral sentiments. 'From Petrarch onward Gellius became a favorite author of the Renaissance'. 'More than 100 manuscripts were copied'. He was used as a valuable source of information on the Latin language, and had preserved numerous quotations from lost authors, which were presented with grace and elegance. Gellius became a model for the 'Miscellanea' of the Italian humanist Angelo Poliziano. 'In the 18th century, however, new canons of elegance caused his style to seem less attractive, and compilation sank to minor merit' (Quotations from 'The Classical Tradition', Cambr. Mass., 2010, p. 386/7) According to Graesse this 1560 edition of Gellius is a reissue of the edition of Badius Ascensius of 1532. If this is correct, than it was reissued without the preliminaries and the notes. Sebastianus Gryphius was an excellent Latin scholar himself, and the printer of a host of handy and relatively cheap editions of Latin authors. Gellius was for him a moneyspinner, for he published Gellius editions in 1537, 1539, 1546, 1559, 1560 & 1566) (Provenance: Provenance the Tuscan city Gallicano. The first ownership inscription below the imprint is very legible: 'Bartholomaei Landi Gallicanensis', probably a Bartolomeo Landi from Gallicano. The second name on the title is crossed out: '. Johannis Mamanti Gallicanensis'. 'Johannis' and Gallicanensis' bear a contraction sign. The first name is illegible, it is also contracted and ends probably on '-bri' The inscription on the front pastedown is a problem: 'Di Prese (?) Gio. Mamanti da Gallicano'. Gallicano is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Lucca in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 70 kilometres northwest of Florence) (Collation: A-D8 (gathering C bound before B); a-z8, A-K8, L4 (leaf L3 verso printer's mark, leaf L4 blank) (Photographs on request) 1000 gr. Artikel-Nr. 120130