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    Marvellous Early French Imprint of a
    Neo-Latin Poet

    Franciscus Octavius Cleophilus (1447-1490). Libellus de coetu poetarum ab Ascensio medis plusculis tersus. Et diligenter explanatus. [Paris: n.p., 1509]. Edited by Faustus Gaguino and Jodocus [Josse] Badius. Octavo. A8, B4, C8, D4, E8, F4; 36 pages. Modern crushed levant morocco with refreshed endpapers. Top edge gilt. Marginal ink annotations to verso of A3. Small stain to verso of A7, affecting text. Neat inkstamp to title page, likely a contemporary ownership stamp. A fine copy.
    Francesco Ottavio (1447-1490) was born in Fano. He was an Italian Neo-Latin poet and historian. Neo-Latin poets would sometimes add the surname of an ancient Latin poet to their own name, hence "Cleophilus," which literally means "lover of Cleo," the Muse of History.


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