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Cato (Marcus Porcius) Varro, Columella & Palladius. Scriptores rei rusticae, second edition, edited by Franciscus Colucia and Georgius Merula, collation: A6 a8 b-c10 d8 e-g10 h8 i6 K-l10 m-z8 &8 [con] 8 [rum] 8 aa8 bb12 cc-dd8 ee-hh10, 302 leaves (complete with all blank leaves b1, i6, k1, and bb), text in single column, 40 lines, type: 96(107)R, Gk, blank spaces for capitals, on first leaves without guide letters, some initials painted in red, a few leaves rubricated, ff. A1, A6, HH1 and HH10 loose, penultimate leaf with marginal repair, final leaf with fore-margin restored, some light marginal foxing and dust-soiling, very big margins, 18° century limp boards, spine with paper label lettered in manuscript, rubbed, upper joint tearing, extremities worn, folio (332 x 235mm.), Reggio Emilia, Bartholomaeus de Bruschis, Bottonus, 5 June 1482.

⁂ Second edition of this collection devoted to Roman agricultural writers. One of only three books published by Bartholomaeus de Bruschis in Reggio Emilia, where he was active between 1480 and 1482, in parternship until 1481 with his brother Laurentius. This edition is a substantial reprint of Scriptores rei rusticae of 1472, and also includes, with a few slight changes, the dedicatory letters by Georgius Merula and Franciscus Colucia, appended to Jenson's editio princeps. The leaf added by Bruschis to the last quire signed HH, and bearing the register, is usually lacking in recorded copies.

In this copy, like the one in the British Library described in BMC VII 1086, the last word on fol. c2r is printed 'sterc9' and the last on fol. c4r 'ordine'.

Provenance: Marquis Giuseppe De Terzi (ex libris on front pastedown; see Catalogue des livres rares et précieux provenant de la bibliothèque de feu M. le marquis De Terzi de Bergame, Paris, 11-23 March 1861, lot 165, "Bel exemplaire de cette édition, extrêmement rare").
Rothamsted acquisition date not noted.

Literature: ISTC is00347000; HC 14565*; GW M41059; BMC VII 1086; Bod-inc S-123; IGI 8854; Goff S-347; Klebs 902.2.

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Cato (Marcus Porcius) Varro, Columella & Palladius.,

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing