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Apuleius, Lucius, Madaurensis. L. Apuleii Metamorphoseos, sive Lusus asini libri XI. Floridoru IIII. De Deo Socratis I. De philosophia I. Asclepius Trismegisti dialogus eode Apuleio iterprete. Eiusdem Apuleij liber de dogmatis Platonicis. Eiusde liber de mundo, que magna ex parte ex lib. Aristotelis eiusde argumenti in latinum traduxit ... Apologiae II. Isagogicus liber Platonicae philosophiae per Alcinou[m] philosophum, graece impressus... Venetiis: In aedibus Aldi et Andreae soceri, 1521. 8vo (15.1 cm, 6"). 266 (i.e., 264),  ff. (foliation erratic). $2,500.00
First Aldine edition of the works of Apuleius, including the sole ancient Roman novel written in Latin to come to us completely intact: the "Golden Ass" — styled here as Lusus asini ("The Jest of the Ass") by editor Francesco Torresani, a.k.a. Franciscus Asulanus. Also present are the Hermetic text known as the Asclepius, and => the first printing of Alcinous's commentary on Plato, the latter with the text entirely in Greek. The printer's dolphin and anchor device appears on both the title-page and the final page, on the verso of the signature register.
Binding: 20th-century very dark blue morocco, covers framed in blind with trio of gold-tooled rondels in each corner; spine with blind-ruled raised bands and gilt-stamped leaf decorations in compartments.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Adams A1362; Brunet, I, 362; EDIT 16 CNCE 2231; Index Aurel., 106.611; Renouard, Alde, 91.8; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 202; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 179. Bound as above, spine evenly sunned to brown. Upper margins trimmed closely, in some cases shaving headers and foliation; small areas of waterstaining to outer portions of a few leaves. A very few early inked pointers and corrections, including lining-through of some headers. => A solid and attractive copy of an important edition. (37828) Please RESHELVE This.
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