This copy of Silius Italicus' work on the Second Punic War shows wonderfully the signs of in-depth study, with much notation, underlining, etc., and an older restoration (I'd guess late-18th century) of the book testifies to the importance a previous owner gave this copy.
Printed by the venerable printing family of Giunti, in Florence, in 1515, this copy still retains its dated colophon and the printer's mark of the Giunti family.
If the post-incunable period can be considered to include those works up to 1520, this book well-qualifies. Although I see more of the contemporary influence of the Aldine editions of a similar time period (see the 1523 Aldine edition).
This book is the only surviving work of Silius Italicus, a Roman consul, orator and epic poet. It is the longest surviving Latin poem at over 12,000 lines.
The title page, editor's remarks, and life of the author have all been replaced by hand-written leaves, in an old-hand. The binding, type of paper used, dark and light ink indicating an ink well was used, and handwriting, lead me to believe this copy was repaired in the late 18th century (but I can't prove that).
Physical Attributes -
Measures approx. 14.5 x 9.5 x 3 cm. Calf binding. Boards with outer frame rolled in blind. Spine with four raised bands; all compartments with a central gilt floret. All edges red. Pages - title page, four leaves of manuscript, 4 - 208 (printer's mark at verso). Collation - (v), a4-a8, b-z8, &8, S8, Rx8
This copy missing leaves a1to a3, but they've been replaced by five leaves, written in an old-hand.
See pictures. Worn, but with an old restoration. Binding worn, with edge wear and exposed bottom corners. Some rubbing to boards and crazing (surface cracks) to joints. Top-edge darkened with one small moisture spot near rear of text-block. Leather binding had been oiled because the turn-ins ghosted onto the first several leafs at front and rear.
Title page, editor's letter, and life of the author are in facsimile, produced in an old hand (18th or 19th century repair); original printing begins at first page of Silii Italici..., signed a4.
Lower right corner repaired with tissue to leaf 28, sometimes the page number is missing but it doesn't seem to reach the text. This copy richly annotated throughout (ink in old hands, and some look fresher in graphite). Some stains, foxing, thumbs, etc., consistent with a work that has been studied in-depth. Corner of 42 cut off (used as repair elsewhere?), no text affected. Bottom corner missing of last 3 leaves, no text affected. Annotations sometimes trimmed by re-binding, at margins. Small tear at bottom of a4 at repair edge.
Well-used, but cared for, as the evidenced by the repairs.
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