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Persius Flaccus, Aulus. A. Persii Flacci Satyrae, obscurissimae alioqui, luculentissima ecphrasi simul & scholiis doctissimi viri Ioannis Murmellii illustratae. Adiecta est epistola Hermanni Buschii, ad intelligentiam Persii multum conducens. [colophon: Antverpiae: typis Aegidij Diest, 1546]. 8vo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). 60 ff. $1,200.00
The poems of Persius (a.d. 34–62) are more Stoic sermons than satires, preaching a moral life during one of Rome's more corrupt periods and doing so, most remarkably, without a hint of self-righteousness. Following an introduction from German humanist Hermann von dem Busche (1468–1534), this neatly crafted edition contains all six of Persius' satires with plentiful and extensive commentary from Dutch humanist and poet Johann Murmellius (ca. 1480–1517), who is best known for his Latin primer Pappa puerorum and his positive reputation as an educational administrator.
The title-page is surrounded by an intricate four-element woodcut border with Grecian elements of vases and mythical creatures; the text is printed in several sizes of both roman and italic type with side- and shouldernotes.
Provenance: Sunderland copy with that library's shelf mark (D12.64); armorial bookplate of Francis Pierrepont Barnard designed by Graham Johnston of Edinburgh and Barnard's signature (March 1883) in ink at front. Also present are two bookseller descriptions, one marked "Sunderland Sale" in ink. Barnard (1854–1931) studied at the University of Oxford before teaching medieval archeology at the University of Liverpool and publishing several history, archeology, and numismatic books; his library was sold in 1932 by B.H. Blackwell. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only two copies in U.S. libraries (UCincinnati and Harvard).
Bibliotheca Sunderlandiana 9506; Morgan, Bibliography of Persius, 119; Ebert, General Bibliographical Dictionary, III, 16273; Schweiger, II, 709. Not in Adams; not in STCN (online). On Barnard's bookplate, see: Journal of the Ex Libris Society, IX, 150. On Murmellius, see: Contemporaries of Erasmus, 470–71. 18th-century calf, rebacked and spine with gilt-ruled raised bands and blind floral compartment stamps, covers double-ruled in gilt with a fleur de lis stamp at corners, board edges rolled in gilt with a circular geometric design, marbled endpapers and all edges speckled red; rubbed with some loss of leather at corners and front free endpaper, bottom front joint starting. Light age-toning, provenance indicia as above; one small marginal hole from paper manufacture, one closed tear, some tiny edge chips and and, at rear, a section with slim crescents of old ink staining at bottom edge. => A humanist take on Roman poetry. (37857) Please RESHELVE This.
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