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Plauto - Plauti comoediae viginti - 1514

Plauto - Plauti comoediae viginti - 1514

Splendid edition of Plautus' comedies, printed in Florence by Filippo Giunta, exponent of the dynasty of booksellers-typographers, contemporaries and competitors of Aldo and Paolo Manuzio in Venice.
Camerini, Annali dei Giunti 53. Sale authorized by the Archival and Bibliographical Superintendence of Emilia Romagna.
Librairie de l'Univers, Lausanne, Switzerland EUR 4,000 (later edition of 1522) - BMSTC (Italian), 524. Adams, P1484. Pettas, n.65. Brunet IV, 708. Schweiger II, 761. Essling, 1725; Sander, 5750; Curi Nicolardi, no. 19; Olschki, Choix, 5078.

Title within architectural woodcut edge, woodcut initials, typographic brand of Giunta on the back of the last sheet. Roman and Italic font.
First and rare Giunta edition of the comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus (c.254-184 BC), edited by the philologist Niccolò Angeli, and dedicated to Lorenzo de’ Medici. This edition is said to have been used by Aldus Manutius for his 1522 copy, edited by Torresani, as well as for two versions by Robert Estienne (1529 and 1530).

The discovery of several texts by Plautus at the beginning of the fifteenth century prompted the publication of numerous editions of his plays during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and publishers, commentators, directors and actors edited and corrected the texts to their liking. Angeli made important changes to the text, adding several prologues and the beginning of the first act of the Bacchidi, using manuscripts that had not previously been consulted.

Titus Maccius Plautus (Sarsina, 250 BC – 184 BC) was a Roman playwright. He was one of the most prolific and important authors of Latin antiquity and the theatrical author who most influenced Western theatre.

Plautus was an author of enormous success, immediate and posthumous.
By unanimous recognition, the great strength of Plautus lies in the comedy that comes from individual situations, taken one after the other, and from the verbal creativity that every new situation can release. But only a direct reading can give an adequate impression of all this.

Here are the 20 comedies that have come to us intact.
Amphitruo -- Asinaria -- Aulularia -- Capteiuei -- Curculio -- Casina -- Cistellaria -- Epidicus -- Bacchides dimidiatae -- Mostellaria -- [Menaechmi] -- Miles gloriosus -- Mercator -- Pseudolus -- Poenulus -- Persa -- Rudens -- Stichus -- Trinummus -- Truculentus.

Sheets [8], 368. Restored title page within a woodcut frame, brand printed on the last sheet. Mildew and slight, marginal stains. Coeval full leather binding with frames with fillets and phytomorphic friezes dry embossed on the boards and golden elements. Defect at the headbands, signs of use on the squares and boards, publisher’s brand on the last page, visibly stained.

Plauti comoediae viginti nuper recognitae et acri iudicio Nicolai Angelii diligentissime excussae
(Colophon:) Firenze, ex officina Philippi de Giunta florentini, mense augusti, 1514
Plautus Titus Maccius
Angelo Nicolai

Object Book
Number of Books 1
Subject Incunabula & early printing, Literature
Author/ Illustrator Plauto
Book Title Plauti comoediae viginti
Condition Good
Publication year oldest item 1514
Edition 1st Edition Thus
Language Latin
Original language Yes
Publisher Firenze, ex officina Philippi de Giunta florentini, mense augusti
Binding/ Material Leather
Number of pages 756
Dimensions 189×134 mm
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