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Lot 862: Abbreviatio supra Decades Blondi. [Rome O. Servius] 1481 Folio: [156] ff.,

Arenberg Auctions

October 13, 2018
Brussels, Belgium

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Abbreviatio supra Decades Blondi. [Rome O. Servius] 1481 Folio: [156] ff., 32 ll. (sl. toned, a few ff. spotted, bottom edge f. [21] strengthened). 18th-19th-c. crimson morocco, covers with triple gilt ruled border, gilt spine on 5 raised bands with green labels, gilt sides, gilt inside dentelles, a.e.g., marbl. endpapers, pink silk marker (rubbed at corners, lower cover scratched, marker loose and tanned). Very good copy. One of only 5 books from the short-lived Roman press of Oliverius Servius, 1480-1481. Editio princeps (2nd ed. 1484) of the elegant Latin "Abbreviatio" by the humanist Pope Pius II (1405-1464) of Flavius Blondus’s (1392-1463) history from the fall of the western Roman Empire to his own day. Pius’s summary was printed before the original. Printed in roman type. Capital spaces. Ref. ISTC ip00654000 - Goff P-654. - Polain 704. - BMC IV:129. - CIBN P-362. - BSB-Ink P-491. Prov. Large armorial bookpl. Bibliotheca Suchtelen, i.e. I.P. (Jan Pieter / Ivan Petr) Count Suchtelen (1751-1836), Dutch-born Russian nobleman, diplomat, and ambassador to Stockholm who amassed a collection of approximately 27.000 books. - A shelf label in Russian and a stamp with an imperial crown, which suggest the Imperial Public Library of St. Petersburg. - [Georges Petit].

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