Catvllvs Et In Evm Commentarivs M. Antonii Mvreti Ab Eodem Correcti, Et Scholiis Illustrati, Tibvllvs Et Propertius.
Cum privilegio Pontificis Max. et Senatus Veneti. / apud Paulum Manutiom, Aldi F.
8vo. 4 x 6 inches. 147 leaves +  leaf + 57 + 5 + 3-93 leaves (last leaf blank). Separate title page, pagination and register for each book. Text in Latin. Bound in original mottled vellum, spine in compartments with raised bands with contrasting maroon morocco title label, with names of the three authors. Extremities a little worn consistent with age, occasional slight damp stains on lower margin and a few other age related marks of use; otherwise a very good crisp copy. Decorated by Aldus Anchor and Dolphin device (type A19 in the Catalogue) on title pages. The Aldine edition of three Latin poets whose works were frequently published together. The commentary and prefaces are by Marc Antoine Muret (1526-1585). The preface to Catullus is addressed to Bernardo Lauredano in which Muret announces that it was his first literary production since coming to Italy. The preface to Tibullus is addressed to Torquato Bembo, Pietro Bembo's son and is dated May 1558. The preface to Propertius is addressed to Francisco Gonzaga, son of Federigo Gonzaga and dated August, 1558. The principal author represented is Gaius Valerius Catullus (c.84-54 BC), poet of the late Roman Republic from the Verona region. Some of his most notable poems (carmina) are erotic in nature and concern the relationship of Catullus with his married lover, 'Lesbia,' (thought to be Clodia Metelli). Albius Tibullus (c.55-19 BC) was a Roman eques or knight, whose poetic muse was Delia. Of the four books of Elegies included here, it is now considered that, Books III- IV are not by Tibullus. Sextus Propertius (c.50-45-after 15 BC), from the Assisi region, and author of four books of elegies, was a poet of the Augustan age, whose muse was Cynthia. An elegant Aldine Press production, printed in its pioneering small format octavo style in fine italics, by Paulus Manutius (1512-74), son of Aldus Manutius, who founded the Press in Venice in 1494. (The Aldine Press Catalogue of the Ahmanson Murphy collection in the Library of the University of California, Los Angeles, No. 536).
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