T. Livii Patavini Historiarum ab urbe condita libri qui extant, XXXV. Cum universæ historiæ epitomis, a Carolo Sigonio emendati: cuius etiam scholai simul eduntur..
by Livius, Titus
Venetiis: apud Paulum Manutium, Aldi F., 1555. Folio, 2 parts in 1, ff. , 478; 98, ; collating: A4, a-z8, aa-zz8, aaa-nnn8, ooo6, A-Z4, AA4, BB2, a-k4; sectional title page (same imprint and date) for the Scholia, roman letter, index and epitomes in italic, large historiated initials; printer's anchor and dolphin device on both title pages; contemporary full calf, rubbed and worn, with both covers loose, gilt-decoatated spine in 6 compartments, gilt-lettered direct in 1; spine dry and cracking, flyleaf and title page loose, but present; the binding structure remains sound. Text block with a persistent waterstain in the lower outer corners throughout; contemporary annotations and readers marks in the first part but not the Scholia. First edition of Sigonius' edition of Livy's monumental history of Rome and the first edition of his Scholia. "The History of Rome, which Livy began at thirty and continued for forty years was composed in 142 books … [but] of this immense work only thirty-five books are extant … Livy stood at the peak of annalistic historiography … His genius lay in his power of vivid historical reconstruction, visualizing scenes and people, and conveying his impression by description and interpretation … His success was immediate and lasting. His work was used by historians and epic poets … In the Middle Ages Dante praised 'Livio che non erra.' The Renaissance saw him in high favor, and printing made him a popular author" (OCD). His history provided the groundwork of almost everything subsequently written on the subject and constituted a textbook for schoolboys from his day to modern times. Sigonius' edition is the first in which scholarly criticism is applied to the chronology of Roman history and was the best and most accurate of the day. Sigonius (1524-1584) was professor of literature at Venice and produced a number of works for the Aldine press. He was then the most significant classical scholar in Italy. Adams L-1342; Ahmanson-Murphy 477; BM STC, Italian, p. 390. Renouard 166:15. Brunet III 1106: "Pour la beauté des caractères autant que pour celle de tirage et du papier, cette edition est bien préférable aux différentes réimpressions plus ou moins mesquines qu'en ont données les Alde elle est d'ailleurs devenue rare, surtout en bonne conservation." (Inventory #: 48876)
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