Bound in later full calf, boards with blind stamped borders enclosing decorated panels; spine in compartments with raised bands with contrasting title label, gilt. All edges gilt. Outer side margins of first four leaves restored. Loss of lower corners of H6-9 with some words replaced in facsimile ink and paper restored. Occasional margin stains and some early attractive marginalia in Latin and some worming, largely confined to margins with no significant loss of text. Otherwise a fine crisp copy.
FINE INCUNABLE OF 1490
Bernardinus de Choris de Cremona et Simon de Luere,
[opera philosophica. epistolae.]
colophon: impressum venetiis per bernadinum de cremona et simonem de lucero. die.v.octobris. mccccxc.
contents (from istc): de remediis fortuitorum, de clementia, de beneficiis, de ira, de mundi gubernatione, de beata vita, de consolatione, de tranquillitate vitae, quomodo in sapientem non cadit iniuria, de brevitate vitae, epistolae ad lucilium. de moribus. pseudo- seneca [martinus dumiensis, archbishop of braga (bracara)]: de quattuor virtutibus cardinalibus. lucius annaeus seneca (the elder): declamationes, suasoriae, controversiae. proverbia senecae. epistolae pauli et senecae.
Folio. 8.5 x 12 inches.  + cxlvii + LXV leaves [= 215 pp.]. Separate pagination and register for the Epistles. Register at end. 62 line text except n4-5 which are 66 line. Capital spaces with guide letters. Final blank leaf not present. Text in Latin.
A selection of the works of the Roman stoic philosopher, Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.4 BC-AD 65). It includes a brief life of Seneca which precede the contents listed above; the Epistles to Saint Paul, beginning the second part, are generally considered to be spurious. A fine example of Venetian printing, this is a reprint of the Treviso edition of 1478, the earliest edition having appeared in Naples in 1475. These three versions were some of the first printed works to make available the ethical and moral philosophy of Seneca to a Renaissance audience. A fine copy of this rare incunable of 1490. Only 128 copies of this title exist in libraries world wide, of which nine are held in the UK.
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