1557 · Venetiis
Paolo Manuzio (1512–74), son of Aldo, planned a four-part work on ancient Rome — "De legibus," "De senatu," "De comitiis," and "De civitate romana" — but he only managed to see part one into print before his death. His son, Aldo Manuzio, the younger (1547–97), completed his father's work, with the "Senate" appearing in 1581 and the "Comitia" and the "Roman State" in 1585.
This is the first part's first edition, first issue, with five lines of text on the verso of leaf lxxx, a running title reading "De legibus romanis," and the error in foliation of leaf lxii numbered lxiii. The text is printed in roman without side- or shouldernotes and with blank spaces holding guide letters (unaccomplished); the fourth leaf of preliminaries is a true blank. The title-page bears a large version of the Aldine printer's device.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Renouard, Alde, 1557, no. 18; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 525; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 393 (not indicating which issue). Full contemporary limp vellum, almost certainly the first binding; cockled and worn, with evidence of now-lost ties. => A very nice copy. (Inventory #: 38113)