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MACROBIUS. In Somnium Scipionis. Saturnalia.

Lot 0007
MACROBIUS, Ambrosius. En tibi lector candidissime.In Somnium Scipionis. Saturnalia. Venezia, Lucantonio Giunta, 1513

Folio, 305x215 mm; Quarter leather binding of the XVIIth century, gilt tiles and ornaments on the spine; leaves 6 nn., including Title page, 122 with roman numbering, Collation: A6, A-O8, P 10. Title page in red Gothic type, setting to decreasing lines, device of Giunti, text in Round type, illustrated initials on black background, astronomic diagrams within the text, 17 woodcut vignettes in various dimensions. Sign of green coloring on the recto of leaf I, slight marginal foxing, specimen in fine condition with wide margins.


Rare Giunti edition beautifully illustrated. Typographical masterpiece, printed for Lucantonio Giunta by Augustine Zani. The edition, edited by Giovanni Rivio, brings together the two most important works of the famous Neo-Platonic philosopher. The Scipio Dream opens with a magnificent woodcut depicting three Arab astronomers who observe the sky with scientific instruments: in the text, which is the most important encyclopaedic compendium of neo-Platonism, extensive digressions dealing with the interpretation of dreams, the science of the Pythagorean numbers, cosmology, geography, time cycles, the harmony of the spheres. Of particular importance is the astronomical part, where describes the Earth as a tiny sphere with respect to the universe, and gives several performances, including one in which are indicated the five climatic zones. The Saturnalia is a work that has encyclopedic character whose contents ranging from religion to literature and history to the natural sciences.

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MACROBIUS. In Somnium Scipionis. Saturnalia.

Estimate €3,000 - €4,000May 18, 2017