1559 Plutarch Moralia (Morals) in Italian, in two volumes, leather & gilt


A 1559 printing of Plutarch’s Moralia in Italian, printed in Venice, in two volumes. Likely rebound in the 17th century in France based on the spine decoration. Bound in pretty speckled leather binding with great spine decoration, it will look excellent on your library shelf.

This book has some provenance, inside each front board the Italian architect Luigi Carlo Daneri signed his name. A famous 20th century architect, there is even an architectural style named after him, Daneriana Architecture.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luigi_Carlo_Daneri<br />
About the Work

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. He is classified as a Middle Platonist.

Moralia is an eclectic collection of seventy-eight essays and transcribed speeches, including On Fraternal Affection—a discourse on honour and affection of siblings toward each other, On the Fortune or the Virtue of Alexander the Great—an important adjunct to his Life of the great king, On the Worship of Isis and Osiris (a crucial source of information on Egyptian religious rites), along with more philosophical treatises, such as On the Decline of the Oracles, On the Delays of the Divine Vengeance, On Peace of Mind and lighter fare, such as Odysseus and Gryllus, a humorous dialogue between Homer's Odysseus and one of Circe's enchanted pigs. The Moralia was composed first, while writing the Lives occupied much of the last two decades of Plutarch's own life.

Printed in Venice by Geronimo Giglio.

Condition of the Books

Volume 1 – 15 x 10 x 2 cm

Volume 2 – 15 x 10 x 3.5 cm

Volume 1 - Pages – (1) 163 in single leaf numbering (326 modern), 4, (2)

Volume 2 - Pages – (1) 289 in single leaf numbering (578 modern), 3, (1)

A rare use of a place ribbon in a 16th century work.

See pictures. Speckled leather bindings with some wear, corners bumped. Likely over pasteboard. Someone has wrote a small index # at the top left of each front board. Light cracking at the joint. Spines are pretty with 7 compartments with floral stamps and the title and volume # in separate compartments.

All edges of the text-block are sprinkled.

Pastedown and end-pages have foxing where they touch the leather. The leather is soft, I find it likely that is was oiled as was the custom in libraries for many years. Name and other notes on flyleaf and pastedowns. Occasional light damp staining throughout the book, not bad. Some pages are repaired within the margin at the bottom of the age in the old way of pasting on similar paper. The first 6 pages of volume one feel as though the binding didn’t quite capture them as well as the rest of the text block, although they are holding in.

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