Virgil (b. Italy 70, d. 19)

Opera cum quinque Commentariis, expolitissimisque figuris atque imaginibus per Sebastium Brandt. Strassburg 1502. 4to. With 214 wood cuts, 3 repeated. Title page printed in red/black. Two leaves lacking, (5 of 6) + 410 + 33 (of 34) leaves, lacks fol. XXXIII with woodcut. Large number of woodcut illustrations, half page, full page and one double page. Title mounted on Japanese paper, next 8 leaves with marginal repairs, no text lacking. 2 leaves (folio CXLIV and CCXC) in the Eneidos with cuts into the leaves from the upper margin. A very few leaves, with tears repaired, some in outer margins only - no loss of text. Marginal notes from cont. hands. Bound in cont. blind stamped leather binding over wooden boards, with 2 clasps.

One of the great German woodcut books of the Renaissance, and the masterpiece of the artist known as the Late Master of the Grüninger Workshop. Sebastian Brant was commissioned by the publisher to edit the work and based his commentary on that of Cristoforo Landino, adding several poems not in earlier editions of Virgil. Brunet V, 1277.

Provenance: Flemming Erik Pedersen (1931–2020).


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