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TACITUS. - P. Cornelii Taciti equitis romani Annalium ab excessu Augusti sicut ipse vocat, sive Historiae Augustae, qui vulgo receptus titulus est, libri sedecim qui supersunt, partim haud oscitanter perlecti, partim nempe posteriores ad exemplar manuscriptum recogniti magna fide nec minore iudicio per BEATUM RHENANUM. (...) Libellus de Germanorum populis, Dialogus de oratoribus, denique Vita Iulii Agricolae, non solum emaculatius prodeunt, sed & explicatius adiunctis in hand rem scholiis. (...) Nec desunt aliorum in hunc autorem ante aeditae annotationes praefationesque sive Beroaldi seu Alciati.

Basel (Basileae), In Officina Frobeniana, 1533. (Colophon at the end: 'Basileae, In Officina Frobeniana per Hieronymum Frobenium et Nicolaum Episcopium, 1533'). Folio. (LXXII),492,(24) p. Half calf (late 19th century) 30 cm (Ref: VD16 T 13; Neue Pauly, Suppl. 2, p. 574; Schweiger 2,998/99; Dibdin 2,449/50; Moss 2,641; Fabricius/Ernesti 2,395; Brunet 5,634; Ebert 22142; Graesse 6/2,8; USTC no. 681875) (Details: Gilt back with a red lettering label. Edges dyed red. Large printer's mark of Froben on the title and last page. Several woodcut initials in the text, some small, some larger) (Condition: Many contemporary marginal notes and underlinings on the first 170 pages. The notes have been slightly trimmed by the 19th century binder. The title leaf has been laid down, first 8 leaves neatly repaired at the top of the inner margin. Partly waterstained in the beginning, and at the end quite heavily. The last leaves have a few light spots of moulding. Paper yellowing and foxed in places. Inkstains and two scratches on the frontcover; a few scratches on the back) (Note: 'The best of 3 Tacitus editions of Frobenius'. The colophon on the recto of the last leaf specifies the title page: 'Basileae in Officina Frobeniana per Hieronymum Frobenium et Nicolaum Episcopium 1533' . Basel was in the 16th century one of the most important centres of humanism. 'Humanism was there fostered by the University founded in 1460, while classical texts were issued by at least 3 printing-presses, (1) that of Johannes Froben (1491), who was succeeded in 1527 by his son Hieronymus and his son-in-law Episcopius; (2) that of Cratanter(1518) subsequently managed by Oporinus (1544); and (3) that of Hervagius (1531). The texts were founded on MSS from the monasteries of Alsace and the Palatinate, and some of them are now the only evidence as to the readings of those MSS'. (Sandys, 'A history of classical scholarship', N.Y., 1964, vol. 2,262) § The text of Tacitus owes much to the corrections of the Alsace scholar Beatus Rhenanus of Schlettstadt, 1485-1547, 'who was distinguised for his fidelity to the readings of the manuscripts and for his critical caution in admitting conjectures'. (Idem, p. 2,263) His best editions were published in Basel, the 'editio princeps' of Velleius Paterculus (1520), Seneca's 'Apocolocyntosis Divi Claudii', also called 'Ludus de morte Divi Claudii' (1515), and his Tacitus, which was first published by the father of Hieronymus, Johannes Froben, in 1519. For the text of his Tacitus Rhenanus used the 'aeditio vulgata' of Beoraldus, published in Rome in 1515, in which the first 5 books of the Annals were published for the first time. For this second edition of 1533, Rhenanus tells in the preface (dated 1532), he thoroughly went through the text once more (percurri non prorsum indiligenter), and made some corrections (quaedam accuratius excussi). Rhenanus tells also that he made use for this second edition of a manuscript which king Matthias Corvinus, king of Hungary, 'Martis & Palladis studiis inclytus', had once donated to his friend Jacob Spiegel. (Preface laef aa3 recto) The text of the works of Tacitus is preceded by a learned treatise of Rhenanus of 64 pages: 'Thesaurus locutionum constructionumque vocum Tacito'. At the end we find 14 pages with the notes of the Italian humanist, jurist and classical scholar Andrea Alciato (Andreas Alciatus), 1492-1550. Alciatus is best known for his famous Emblematum liber (Augsburg, 1531), which saw numerous reissues and revisions, and imitations. The firm of Froben published in 1544 a reissue of our 1533 edition) (Provenance: From the Rostagni Library. 'The Rostagni private library has been built over a time of 133 years, between 1880 and 2013, by 3 generations of collectors: Augusto Gabinio (1863-1939), internist, his nephew Augusto Rostagni (1892-1961), classical philologist at the University of Turin, and his son Luigi Rostagni (1932), Operational Director. (.) Augusto Rostagni thaught Ancient literature in various Italian Universities. In 1928 he was appointed professor in Latin literature at the University of Turin, an office he fulfilled until his death in 1961. He became one of Italy's most authorative philologists of the 20th century. He held positions of President of the Turin Institute of Classical Philology, Dean of the Department of Literature and Philosophy, Editor of the Rivista di Filologia Classica, President of the 'Accademia delle Scienze di Torino'. He was a well-known member of many Italian and foreign academies and institutions, amongst them the Accademia dei Lincei. The Department of Philology, Linguistics & Classical Tradition of the University of Turin is named after him.' (Burgersdijk & Niermans, Auction sale 340, Leiden, 2014, p.68)) (Collation: aa-ff6, a-z6, A-V6) (Photographs on request) (Heavy book, may require extra shipping costs)
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