A fine collection of books printed by Aldus Manutius and his successors in Venice including many in contemporary bindings and with important provenances : Greek editiones principes, the first book from the Press 1495, Latin and Italian first editions, Bembo's De Aetna 1496, Aldus's own exceedingly rare Latin grammar of 1501, one of two known copies on vellum of Ovid's Fasti 1503, and Lyonese counterfeits of Petrarch and Dante : the property of a gentleman (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 3 May 1995)
London, Christie, Manson & Woods, 1995
(27 cm), 119 (19) pp., illustrations (some in colour). 86 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - A collection “oddly variable in quality”; “Most of the books were sold to the same Italian dealer, with another, from the lower end of Broad Street, Oxford, in hot pursuit” (saleroom report in The Book Collector, Autumn 1995, p.382. ¶ Occasional annotation in ink. No price list.