SUETONIUS TRANQUILLUS, GAIUS Vitae XII Caesarum.
[With the preliminary Versus by Ausonius]. [Venice]: Nicolaus Jenson, [before July] 1471. 19th century brown Russia (rebacked), all edges sprinkled blue. The third edition, preceded by the two Rome editions of Johannes Philippus de Lignamine, and of Sweynheym and Pannartz. 11 x 7 5/8 inches (28 x 19.5 cm); 165 ff. [of 166, lacking one of the two terminal blanks], 32 lines in Jenson's Roman type, with initials and paragraph marks painted in red and blue. First leaf somewhat foxed and soiled, just trimmed but a fairly large copy, some small wormholes to the last twenty leaves, very minor dampstain to a few top margins, occasional early marginalia but generally an attractive and fresh copy, apparently unwashed and unpressed. The spine with the gilt stamp of the Royal Society; bookplate of Carl W. Jones [the son of the inveterate collector Herschel V. Jones, whose copy this may have been].
Jenson's very beautiful edition of Suetonius, with the verse introduction by Decimus Magnus Ausonius. Jenson's Roman type is used here, first utilized for his 1470 edition of Eusebius. Goff S817; H 15117; Essling 207; Delisle 1842; Pr 4070; BMC V 170; GW M44237.
C Property from a Private Minneapolis Collection
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