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    Catullus, Tibullus, and Propertius. Catulli, Tibulli, Properti Nova Editio. [bound with:] Castigationes in Catullum, Tibulum, Propertium. Lutetiae [Paris]: 1577.

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    Catullus, Tibullus, and Propertius. [Joseph Scaliger, editor]. Catulli, Tibulli, Properti Nova Editio. [bound with:] Castigationes in Catullum, Tibulum, Propertium. Lutetiae [Paris]: Apud Mamertum Patissonium in officina Rob. Stephani (Robert Estienne), 1577.

    First Scaliger edition. Octavo. Two parts in one volume. Estienne's printer device on both title pages, decorated head-pieces and initials.

    a8, A-R8, S2, a-q8, r6. (16), 274 [misnumbered as 174]; 252, (14) pages. Page "261" also misnumbered as "161". Contemporary limp yapp edged vellum with manuscript title to spine. Vellum soiled and creased, spine darkened, torn and chipped at head and foot, lacking ties; front hinge cracked; contemporary holograph ink notations on verso of front cover, front free end papers and title page; last leaves and free endpapers creased, few contemporary notes in outer margins, occasional soiling or foxing, few dampstains in margins; else in very good condition.  From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

     

    Catullus (circa 84-54 B.C.), Roman poet of Verona, is best remembered for the fresh and simplistic style of his love poems, elegies, and satirical epigrams which were among the first in Latin to incorporate the mannered style of the Hellenistic school; his infatuation with one "Lesbia," as seen in twenty-five surviving poems, remains legendary.  Although living a brief life, his works bore great influence upon the lyrics of Horace as well as the work of Virgil and the post-fourteenth century English masters of literature such as Jonson and Tennyson.

     

    Tibullus (circa 60-19 B.C.) "a Roman elegiac poet who formed part of a group under the patronage of M. Valerius Messalia...Two books of the poems of Tibullus, known in ancient times as 'Delia' and 'Nemesis' from the names of women celebrated therein, were published in his lifetime. They are marked by quiet charm and tenderness and their theme is love, peace, and rural simplicity." [OCCL].

     

    Propertius (circa 50-circa 16 B.C.) author of four books of elegies mostly dedicated to his infatuation with 'Cynthia.' His passion is treated in a wide variety of moods from the melancholic to the humorous. It has been said that his self-absorption and self-pity marked a new spirit in Latin poetry.  

     

    Scaliger (1540-1609) classical scholar, and son of Julius Caesar Scaliger. "He not only exhibits a remarkable aptitude for the soundest type of textual emendation; but he is also the founder of historical criticism. His main strength lay in a clear conception of antiquity as a whole, and in the concentration of vast and varied learning on distinctly important works." [Sandys]

     

    "Scaliger's commentary (the first published outside Italy) was printed in Paris in 1577. The work also includes Tibullus and Propertius. (Scaliger called the three poets 'tresviri amoris: the triumvirate of love'). Scaliger's "Catullus" enjoys an exalted position in the history of textual criticism, for its method has been to anticipate that of the great nineteenth-century philologists... Scaliger was the first to understand that all the manuscripts of Catullus were descended from a single exemplar, which he reconstructed (to his own satisfaction, at least) down to its place of origin and the peculiarities of its script - creating a model that explained the genesis of errors in Catullus' text and showed the way to their correction. But his method is more important to the history of philology that to the correction of Catullus... He was a greater editor than any of his predecessors, and the knowledge of the manuscripts that he had gained from his own collations and those of Statius. Scaliger was more interested in Catullus' text than in his poetry, and, like Statius, he felt he needed to justify studying it. His excuse is that he worked on Catullus when he was recovering from a debilitating illness and too weak to study more edifying authors... Scaliger"s commentary was the last major Catullan event of the sixteenth century." - Marilyn Skinner, A Companion to Catullus.

     

    STC (French) 96. Adams C1154. Renouard 179:1. Index Aurel 134.495. Graesse II: 86.Schweiger I:79. Schreiber 248. Brunet I:1679. USTC 170356.



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