ARATUS. Phaenomena. Translated by Marcus Tullius Cicero. Venice: Antonius de Strata, de Cremona, 25 October 1488.
Chancery 4o (211 x 156 mm). , 64 leaves, Collation: h-p8 (h1r Germanicus, Phaenomena Arati cum commento, m8v Cicero, Aratea, n7r Serenus, Liber medicinalis, p6r colophon and register, p6v editor's afterword, p7-p8 blank). 64 leaves (of 122) . 38 lines.the last two blank leaves present in original Types: 3:84R, 84Gk. 38 mostly half-page woodcuts, one of the zodiac, the remainder of the constellations. 3- to 6-line initial spaces with printed guide letters. a few small stains, later vellum , a fine and well preserved copy .
This version is accompanied by 38 zodiacal woodcuts, almost all of which were designed and executed for this volume and thus are present in brilliant early proofs. Four beautiful cuts in the Venetian manner are especially remarkable (cf. Essling, 431)
The final text in the volume constitutes the first dated edition of the most popular Roman medical work (by Serenus Samonicus), likewise couched as a didactic poem. The collective volume is thus of the greatest interest for the history of science. The editor, Vettore Pisani, was a pupil of Giorgio Valla. This edition usually encountered only in parts or even fragments, even in institutional collections.
DEFECTS ; textually complete and in first edition , but not on the editorial profile, because the volume should actually cointain three other texts, in eight quires, with the signature a-g.
Ref: D Mark Possanza, Translating the heavens : Aratus, Germanicus, and the poetics of Latin translation. Lang classical studies ; vol. 14. New York/Washington, D.C.: Peter Lang, 2004; HC 2224*=H 2223; BMC V, 294 (IA. 21262); BSB-Ink A-969; CIBN A-495; Dyson Perrins 47 ; Essling 431; Flodr, Avienus 1; GW 3131; Harvard/Walsh 1847-49; IGI 1131; Klebs 137.1; Sander 718; Pr 4593; Goff A-1432.
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