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STATIUS, Publius Papinius.


Orthographia et flexus dictionum Graecarum omnium. Sylvarum libri quinque. Thebaidos libri duodecim. Achilleidos duo.

Venice: Aldus, 1502 Stock Code: 143931
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Ex-libris Horace Walpole

First Aldine edition of the collected works of the first-century poet Statius (d. 79 CE), best remembered for his epic poem, the Thebiad. He is also known for his appearance as a guide in the Purgatory section of Dante's Divine Comedy.

The Orthographia which opens the book, and is sometimes absent or bound the end, is an etymological dictionary of the Greek words used by Statius. "The Greek type-face used was Aldus's fourth, modelled on Aldus's own hand and first used for the editio princeps of Sophocles's works in Greek printed also in 1502".

Provenance: With the armorial bookplate of Henry Tolley to the front pastedown, retaining on the front free endpaper verso the late-state armorial bookplate of Horace Walpole after his ennoblement (17171797, his arms encircled with the motto "Sigilium Horatii Domitis de Orford").

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Octavo (153 x 95 mm), in 3 parts. Handsome early 19th-century polished pinkish morocco, spine and covers framed in gilt with thick and thin rules, the front cover lettered in gilt, turn-ins ruled in gilt with wave rolls, Spanish pattern marbled endpapers, gilt gauffered edges.


Collation: a-e8, a-z8, A-F8, G4, A-B8, C4: 296 leaves, complete. Aldine device on first e8r, i8 blank and genuine.


Spine gently sunned and a little rubbed, a little very faint central staining affecting a few gatherings after o, an excellent copy.


Adams S-1670; BMC, Vol 24, p. 116 (872); Isaac 12781; Renouard 35:7; Staikos 314; Legrand 117; Schweiger II, 963.


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