OVIDIUS – Le Metamorfosi – 1578


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OVIDIUS – Le Metamorfosi di Ovidio. Ridotte da Giovanni Andrea Dell’Anguillara, in ottava rima. Impressione sesta, al Christianissimo Rè di Francia Henrico secondo. Con l’Annotationi di M. Gioseppe Horologgi, novamente corretto, et ristampato. Con Postille, et con gli Argomenti nel principio di ciascun libro di M. Francesco Turchi – 1578. In Venetia, appresso Camillo Franceschi. Mute rustic cardboards, spine covered in vellum with handwritten titles, handwritten title even at the bottom edge; octavo, 21.8 cm; leaves (1b) + (4) + 268 + (1b); slight traces of use on the binding, old ownership notes formerly canceled on the title page, sporadic and very slight halos, slightly more marked halo than the last 15 leaves without ever compromising the usability of the text, overall a good copy. Title page with beautiful woodcut letterpress (bird of prey that feeds its puppies with its own interior, framed and motto “I offend me for only feed you”, initials, headings and endings in woodcut, each book with beautiful woodcuts (15 in total) at three quarter page in beautiful architectural frames, text mainly in italics on two columns, with the exception of the final annotations to each book, usual numbering errors. Beautiful and uncommon sixteenth-century illustrated edition of Ovid’s Matamorphoses, in the sixth impression of the octave reduction rhyme edited by the poet Dell’Anguillara