Itinerarivm prouinciarum omniu[m] Antonini Augusti. ITINERARIUM ANTONINI.
Itinerarivm prouinciarum omniu[m] Antonini Augusti.
Itinerarivm prouinciarum omniu[m] Antonini Augusti.
Itinerarivm prouinciarum omniu[m] Antonini Augusti.
Itinerarivm prouinciarum omniu[m] Antonini Augusti.
“REMARKABLE FOR THE BEAUTY OF ITS EXECUTION” — BERNARD

Itinerarivm prouinciarum omniu[m] Antonini Augusti.

Paris, Henri I Estienne [1512].

16mo (120 x 75 mm.). [vii], [i blank], 92, [60] leaves. PRINTED IN RED AND BLACK THROUGHOUT. Roman type (Tory’s closing verses in Gothic), two series of floriated white-line metalcut initials, Tory’s woodcut CIVIS on the final verso (Bernard, Tory p. 6).

1820s richly gilt-paneled red morocco (rubbed; Simier), corner fleurons, gilt-lettered spine with compartments filled with dots, fronds and foliage, turn-ins gilt, blue silk doublures — the front gilt-lettered C.A. WACLKENAER, blue silk free endleaves, all edges gilt.

Editio Princeps of the so-called Antonine Itinerary, the ancient gazetteer listing over 250 of the Roman Empire’s land and sea routes in 300 C.E. from modern-day Samsat (Turkey) to Mauritania and Hadrian’s Wall to the Temple of Maharraqa in Aswan (Egypt). The roads, highways, byways and waterways span some 53,000 miles and memorialize “Rome’s most enduring engineering achievement” (Maas & Ruths).
            Soldiers, diplomats, pilgrims, traders, scoundrels and refugees depended on the detailed information in the Itinerary. Medieval cartographers relied on it, RENAISSANCE FORGER ANNIUS OF VITERBO SUPPLIED “LOST” FRAGMENTS of it in his Commentaries, and modern scholars run its data through algorithms to study networks.
            Typographer, printer and aesthete, Geoffroy Tory edited this pocket reference from a manuscript in the library of Christophe de Longueil (1480-1522) and placed his curious civis device at the end. It “alludes to his ancestors who defended Gaul against Caesar” (Millard, French 1) and can be read in all directions. The Itinerary is “undoubtedly the tiniest production of Henri Estienne’s press” (Schreiber).
            Three early owners signed this copy’s title — Angeli Marie ?Bonati, who also annotated the the verso and two text leaves; Franciscus Fogaroli; and Antonius Maria Rossenius of Lyon. All three signatures are canceled in ink.
            A fine copy with equally fine provenance — from the libraries of Charles Athanase Walckenaer (1771-1852; binding), Ambroise Firmin-Didot (1790-1876, Cat. (1878) 659, bookplate), and Thomas Brooke (1830-1908, bookplate).
¶Maas & Ruths, “Road Connectivity and the Structure of Ancient Empires: A Case Study from Late Antiquity” in Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World edd. Alcock et al. 255-64; Bernard, Geofroy Tory 5-6; Mortimer, French 326 (with a woodcut map absent from nearly all other survivors); Renouard, Annales de l’imprimerie des Estienne 12,14; Schreiber, The Estiennes 15; Schweiger, Handbuch der classischen Bibliographie. Lateinische Schriftsteller I: 469; Brunet I: 327 “assez rare”.

Item #11281

Price: $17,000.00