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Influential 2nd Aldine edition of a popular collection of elegiac poems
by 3 of the most important classical poets, finely bound in early 20th-century morocco by G. Vignal in Paris

CATULLUS, Gaius Valerius; Albius TIBULLUS; Sextus PROPERTIUS (Hieronymus AVANTIUS, ed.).
[Opera]. Catullus. Tibullus. Propertius.
[colophon:] Venice, the heirs of Aldo I Manuzio & Andrea I Torresano, March 1515. 8vo. With Aldos woodcut anker and dolphin device on the title-page and on the verso of the last leaf, each flanked by "AL ... DVS" in letterpress capitals. Set in Aldos italic type (with upright capitals), the first italic printing type. Blind-tooled brown goatskin morocco (early 20th-century) by the Paris bookbinder G. Vignal (active ca. 1890-ca. 1930), signed with a blind stamp in the foot of the front turn-in ("G. VIGNAL REL. DOR.". 148, [2] ll.
€ 2,950
Second Aldine edition of a collection of poems by three of the most important classical poets of the 1st century BCE, writing in the elegiac tradition. The poets Gaius Valerius Catullus (84-55 BCE), Albius Tibullus (55-19 BCE) and Sextus Propertius (50-15 BCE), had a strong preference for writing about intimate and familiar subjects as love, eroticism, rejection and mourning, which sets their lyrical and elegiac poetry apart from the heroic poetry of many other, earlier classical poets who often focused on the epic of heroes. In the present work, the poets express their love and desire for various women, among others "Lesbia" (Catullus), "Delia" (Tibellus) and "Cynthia" (Propertius). he binding is finely executed and the binders stamp gives the initial G of his first name. Fléty records him merely as "Vignal" without first name or initial, but he is presumably Vignal fils, for Devauchelle, III, p. 54, notes that Georges Trautz (1808-1872/79) used the services of Vignal père, an "excellent décorateur". The son clearly deserves to be better known.
With an occasional contemporary annotation in faded, brown ink. Slightly browned, but otherwise in very good condition and only about 4 mm trimmed at the head and foot. The binding also very good, with only slight wear to the hinges and tiny scuffs on the raised bands, the head and foot of the spine and the board edges. Adams C1139; Ahmanson-Murphy 113; Aldo Manuzio tipografo 133.1; BM STC Italian, p. 161; Dibdin I, p. 374; EDIT16 10358; Renouard 1515:1 (p. 70); USTC 821183; for the binder Vignal: Fléty, p. 174.
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