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    [Martial] Marcus Valerius Martialis. Epigrammaton. Libri XIIII. Venice: Ottaviano Scoto, [1542]. Krown & Spellman retail: $500. Folio. A-B8,C6,D-Q8,R10. [4],cxxxviff=270pp. Old vellum, new labels, front hinge split, large marginal repair to t.p. (minor loss to imprint and printer's mark); corner dampstain and worming with repairs (minor text affects). Printer's device on t.p. [Donna sale su un albero di melograno per coglierne i frutti che getta ad un'altra donna seduta ai piedi dell'albero. (A102 - V467 - Z828)], historiated initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: Martial (ca. A.D. 40-ca. 104), Roman poet of Spanish origin, is best remembered for his epigrammatic depiction of daily human life and the wit of his satire.  He was a close associate of Frontinus, Juvenal, Silius Italicus, Quintilian, and Pliny the Younger. Despite the date on the spine and in an old hand on the t.p., we believe this is the 1542 edition and can find no trace of a Scotus 1506 ed. EDIT 16 CNCE 33519. Schweiger II,595. BM STC (Ital.) 420.

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