First leaf of text with large nine-line manuscript initial in red & brown; chapter headings & beginnings of sentences rubricated; numerous three- to six-line initial spaces with red initials supplied throughout. 156 unnumbered leaves (including the first leaf, a blank; some leaves misbound), gothic letter, 35/36 lines, folios 154-56 in double columns. Small folio (282 x 204 mm.), 19th-cent. red morocco (some foxing at outer edges, inscription partially erased from final leaf of text), binding signed "Duru 1853," triple gilt fillet round sides, spine richly gilt, a.e.g. Strasbourg: G. Husner, 1474-75. First edition of the De Casibus Virorum Illustrium, which deals with the vanity of human affairs from Adam to Boccaccio's own time. Written about 1355 to 1360, this is a work of 56 biographies of famous people, and the inevitable catastrophes awaiting those who are too fortunate. It exerted a great influence on other authors including Chaucer, John Lydgate, Shakespeare, and Christopher Marlowe; a genre of stories known as de casibus tragedies was created. Some of the famous people whose biographies are provided include Jocasta, Queen of Thebes; Agamemnon, King of Mycenae; Samson; Dido, Queen of Carthage; Hannibal; Cleopatra; Mithridates, King of Pontus; Herod, King of the Jews; Nero; King Arthur; and Petrarch. This book comes from Husner's first press and is a fine example of his text types with fantastic majuscules. A fine and rather large copy from the library of Ambroise Firmin Didot with his bookplate (sale, Part V, Paris, 11-16 June 1883, lot 528-"Magnifique exemplaire, à toutes marges et non lavé"). Some contemporary annotations in the margins. ❧ Goff B-708. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5274)
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