AN UNCOMMON VENETIAN EDITION OF THIS FAMOUS LEXICON OF LATIN BY THE ITALIAN PROFESSOR MARIO NIZZOLI, BASED EXCLUSIVELY ON THE WRITINGS OF CICERO
ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN DICTIONARIES FROM THE 16TH TO THE 18TH CENTURY
ONLY ONE COPY IN USA
Nizzoli, Mario. Marii Nizolii Brixellensis Thesaurus Ciceronianus. Cui post eiusdem Marii Nizolii additiones, Basiljque Zanchi, & aliorum doctissimorum virorum permulta etiam obseruatione dignissima superaddita fuerunt per Marcellum Squarcialupum Edizione Nouissime autem in hac recenti impressione accessere decentissime coordinate idiomatis Italici, Gallici & Hispanici vocabula ... & Latinis adiuncta; necnon aptissima nominum Epitheta, ... nunc primum in lucem editis. ... Nunc demum in hac editione Baretiana erratis omnibus quae hactenus incuria typographorum inciderunt, diligentissime perpurgatis. Venetiis: apud Sessas, 1606 (Venetiis: apud Baretium Baretium bibliopolam ad signum Beatae Mariae Virginis, 1606).
Folio (314x210 mm), contemporary full vellum biding, with four raised bands at spine, handwritten title at spine; pp. , 2046 [i.e. 2039] col., pp. . Many errors in column numbering.
Two different xyl. printer device at title-page and at colophon. Title page and printer’s advice (“Ad lectore”) in red and black. Xyl. head-pieces and initials.
Text in Latin (with translations in Italian, French and Spanish), printed in a double column each page.
Mario Nizzoli (1498-1576) was a professor at the University of Parma and one of the staunchest defenders of a strict Ciceronian imitation. His lexicon of Latin was based exclusively on the writings of Cicero and is regarded as “... one of the best known dictionaries from the 16th well into the 18th century (an edition was printed in England as late as in 1820). Leibniz wrote that this Lexicon would last as long as Cicero.
References: IT\ICCU\BA1E\002668 (3 copies). OCLC, 797316511, 36759095 (one copy in USA at the Duke University Library; Perkins Library, Durham) and 459009060 (one copy in France).