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    Claudian; Avianus & Del Rio, Marcus Antonio. Ad Cl Claudiani. Opera. [bound with:] Avianus:Aespoicarum fabularum liber. Antwerp: Officina Plantiniana for the Widow and Jan Moretus, 1596. 16mo. 2 works in 1 vol. A-F8 [incl. F8, blank]; a-b8. 90,[4]. 29,[2]pp. Vellum, soiled; manuscript ex-libris of J.B. P.H. Caque (1720-1787, surgeon with his library stamp dated 1775 and Jean Francois Boissonade (1774-1857, noted Hellenist with his ex-libris on both t.p.s) and H. Gueneau de Mussy (1814-1892, physician, with his engraved bookplate. Printer's device on t.p.s. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $370.00

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    Claudian was the last notable representative of the classical tradition in Latin poetry. These notes by the Brabant humanist Martin Del Rio (1551-1608) were first published in 1572. The 42 fables of the Roman fabulist Avianus (fl. A.D. 400), in elegaic metre, a very popular text of the Middle Ages. This text contains a biographical note on the testus Rufus Avianus, another fourth-century Latin writer who had no connection with Avianus. This is the third Plantin edition of these texts published as commentary to Plantin's edition of Claudianus and usually found bound together.       

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