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Crescentiis (Petrus de) Ruralia commoda, collation: a-r8 s6 A4, 146 leaves (complete with initial blank), text in 2 columns, 52 lines, type 6:88R, fol. a2r with woodcut illustration (60x147 mm) showing the author writing to the left, and King Charles II of Sicily to the right, blank spaces for capitals, with guide letters, lower and upper outer margin of the first leaf largely restored, with loss of some lines of text and a small portion of vignette border, a few marginalia in Italian, monogram combining the letters S, R, and M on verso of front flyleaf, water-stained throughout, heavy at beginning and end, slight worming towards end, ocasionally in text, 18th century sheep-backed decorative boards, spine ends worn and wormed, corners rubbed, folio (307 x 205mm.), Vicenza, Leonardus Achates de Basilea, 17 February 1490.

⁂ Scarce second edition in Italian, a substantial reprint of the Florentine edition of 1478. The volume was issued by the Swiss Leonardus Achates (Leonhard Agtstein), who was the first printer active in Vicenza from 1474 to 1491.

The text is headed by a large woodcut vignette showing the author himself writing to the dedicatee of the Ruralia commoda, King Charles II of Anjou. The same block was re-used by Achates in his Herbarius latinus of 1491. This 1490 edition is rare at auction, and numerous institutional copies are defective.

Provenance: Rothamsted acquisition date 1915

Literature: ISTC ic00974000; HC(+Add) 5838; GW 7827; BMC VII 1033; Bod-inc C-484; IGI 3267; Goff C-974; Klebs 311.2; B.IN.G 582; Sander 2234.

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Crescentiis (Petrus de) Ruralia commoda, Vicenza,

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
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London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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