de priscorum proprietate verborum. Junianus. c. MAIUS.
“A MONUMENT OF HIS SINGULAR LEARNING” — ROSCOE

de priscorum proprietate verborum.

Treviso, Bernardus de Colonia 1477.

Folio (327 x 228 mm.). [660]p. Gothic type, double-column, spaces left for Greek.

Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin, central saltire bearing a ropework roll (front) and repeated blooms (rear), the four triangles have Kopfstempel, roses and graceful wandering vines, evidence of clasps and catches, vellum manuscript sewing guards; the author’s name JUNIANUS is in manuscript at the top of both covers, on the lower edge of the book block and twice on the upper edge.

Second Edition. A CHIEF SOURCE FOR CALEPINUS. Poliziano used it in his classes and for his commentaries on Virgil, Terence and Suetonius. This dictionary also served poets, lawyers, theologians, rhetoricians and students. Entries offer from one to more than twenty examples, gathered from late classical and medieval writers.
 The printer, de Colonia, issued only two books, both humanist, both massive and both in a gothic font unsuited to the New Learning: “this error of judgment probably accounts for his ill-success” (BMC VI: xlix). He and Maius both trained in Naples under printer Mathias Moravus.
Crisp, nicely rubricated, large copy (short split in the first margin; the binding and the first and last quires with worm punctures).
¶Vancil, Incunable Dictionaries: A Checklist 394; Roscoe, The Life…of Leo the Tenth I: 49; ISTC im00096000; Goff M-96.

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