PLINY THE ELDER] C. PLINII SECUNDI ERASMUS) GELENIUS, Sigismundus FROBEN, Johannes)
Title: C. Plinii Secundi Historia Mundi : denuo emendata, non pavcis locis ex diligenti ad peruetusta et optmiae fidei exemplaria collatione nunc primu animaduersis castigatisq, quemadmo dum euidenter in Sigismundi Gelenij Annotationibus operi adnexis apparet...
Publisher:  Hieronymus Frobenius et Nicolaus Episcopius Lectori, Basileam / Basel, 1535,
Seller ID: 64739
[PLINY THE ELDER, GAIUS PLINUS SECONDUS]. C. PLINII SECUNDI, Sigismundus GELENIUS. C. Plinii Secundi Historia Mundi : denuo emendata, non pavcis locisex diligenti ad peruetusta et optmiae fidei exemplaria collatione nunc pri mu animaduersis castigatisq, quemadmo dum euidenter in Sigismundi Gelenij Annotationibus operi adnexis apparet. Adiunctus eset Index copiosissimus [Naturalis Historiae]. Basileam [Basel, Switzerland]: Froben (Hieronymus Frobenius et Nicolaus Episcopius Lectori), 1535. Pp. ,1-671,,50 of Gelenius's Annotations,  of indices. Illustrated with numerous initial woodcuts, 2"x2" to the text, with 1"x1" initials to annotations and indices at rear, thought to be made by Hans Richter (or by members of his school), and 3 woodcut Froben devices to title page, the colophon of Pliny's work, and the colophon of the entire volume. Folio, heavy full calf boards with seven raised bands and gilt lettering and decoration to spine, all edges specked in "leopardized" style of pale red and brown. A beautiful post-incunabula printing of Pliny the Elder's "Natural History" encyclopedia from the press of printer Johannes Froben and his son, in thirty-seven sections, focusing on a wide variety of topics such as geography, zoology, botany, anthropology and geology. Each of the thirty-seven books contains a woodcut initial about two inches square. Prefacing the Pliny text are a dedication by Erasmus(who was active in Basel in the year of this volume's publication) entitle d "Reverendissimo Praesuli et illustriss principi Stanislao Turzo Olmunzensi episcopo D. Erasmus Roterod. s.d.", and a general preface about the Naturalis Historiae encyclopedia. The text is followed by Sigismundus Gelenius's"Clariss: Viro Domino Damiano | , a collection of historical annotations related to the text, and an extensive index. There are approximately seventy small woodcuts present in all. Text in Latin. There are numerous examples ofearly marginalia on pp. 137, 141, 182, 241-5, 273, 342, 356-60, 384, 388-9 , 442, 472, 484, 502, 534-5, and 550-1, with about the same number of instances of underlining in the same hand. Much of spine gilt worn away, cornersof boards worn through, one-inch split to tail of front hinge, some small chipping to spine ends, front inner hinge cracked, dated inscription from September 1674 to ffep, stain to title page not affecting text or Froben device, pinprick wormhole to bottom margin through page 186 (not affecting text), small wormhole to top margin of index (not affecting text), bottom corner of pp. 373-4 chipped (not affecting text), otherwise in excellent condition internally. 4,000.00