mense Septembri 1515 · [colophon: Venetiis
First of two Aldine editions published in 1515 of Gellius' only known work, with "duerniorem" on the final leaf as prescribed by Renouard. The iconic Aldine printer's device appears on both the title-page and the final leaf of text, with the fore-edge of the title-page having been slightly repaired long ago at the margin.
Gellius's Attic Nights, supposed to have been written for the entertainment and education of his children, offers a rich tapestry of the life and times of the Roman Empire under the five good emperors. In an informal style Gellius ranges from law, grammar, history, and literary criticism to evening chats with fellow students and visits to the awe-inspiring villas of Herodes Atticus, the most famous philanthropist of Athens. Editor Giovanni Battista Egnazio (1478–1553), an important part of the Aldine literary circle and executor of Manuzio's will, here presents a newly revised text — complete with two indexes and explanation of the Greek passages.
Renouard, Alde, 73.9; Brunet, II, 1523; Adams G344; Graesse, Trésor de Livres Rares, III, p. 45; Schweiger, Handbuch der classischen Bibliographie, II, p. 376; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 138; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 125. On Egnazio, see: Contemporaries of Erasmus, pp. 424–25. 18th-century vellum over boards with red and green gilt leather spine labels, one edge with one very small chip to vellum; fore-edge of title-page repaired, light age-toning, a few words in old ink to front endpapers, some unevenly trimmed pages with the occasional (chiefly light) marginal stain or spot. "A. Gellius" in old ink to fore-edge of volume. => A worthy Aldine. (Inventory #: 37243)