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JOSEPHUS, Flavius.

[Works, in Latin: Antiquitates Judaicae; De bello Judaico; Contra Apionem.]

Milan: Alexander Minutianus, 1513/14 Stock Code: 138817
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The Chatsworth copy

First edition to add the complementary work of pseudo-Hegesippus, handsomely printed in clear Roman type for the noted Renaissance scholar and professor at Milan, Alexander Minutianus, a zealous proponent of Latin literature. It also includes a ninth-century compilation based primarily on pseudo-Hegesippus, and a list of concordances between pseudo-Hegesippus and Josephus. In other respects, it follows the text of the 1499 Venice edition.

At least 24 Latin editions of Josephus were published between 1470 and 1540. The Greek editio princeps was not published until 1544.

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Folio (339 x 224 mm), in 2 parts. Handsomely bound in early 18th-century English mid-brown morocco, spine divided in seven compartments by raised bands, brown lettering-piece in second, others richly gilt with gilt scroll centre and scroll corner tools, sides with two panels of floral rolls, lozenge shaped floral tool at corners, ruled with a two-line fillet, decorative roll to edges and turn-ins, comb-marbled endpapers.


Woodcut initials. Roman type (Proctor 13566). The colophon following the CA has the date 1513; the colophon following the AJ has the date 10 January 1514.


Opening 10-line initial space completed in contemporary blue penwork, other capital spaces in first part in red. Some early marginalia. The Chatsworth copy, with engraved library label. Spine somewhat darkened, inoffensively so, slight rubbing to joints, very pale dampmark in lower margin, overall a superb copy of a beautifully printed book, the paper generally clean and strong, with good wide margins.


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