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Cato (Marcus Porcius) Varro, Columella & Palladius. Scriptores rei rusticae, collation: aa6 a6 b-i8 k4 l-y8 z4 &6 [con]8 [rum]8 A-K6 L4 M6, 270 leaves (of 272, lacking fols. o1 and o8), text in single column, 52 lines, woodcut printer's device at end, woodcut decorated initials in different sizes, blank spaces for capitals, some water-staining, mostly marginal but quite heavy to corner of first few leaves and slightly encroaching on text block, first and last leaf soiled, fol. a6 with fore-margin torn away and another tear just touching a couple of letters of text, 18th century mottled sheep, spine gilt in compartments with 5 raised bands, extremities worn, covers scuffed and abraded, folio (295 x 190mm.), Reggio Emilia, Dionysius Bertochus, 18 September, 1496.

⁂ Rare fourth edition and the first book issued by the skilled printer Dionigi Bertocchi alone. This 1496 edition is a reprint of the Scriptores rei rusticae edited by the humanist Filippo Beroaldo the Elder (1543-1504), which first appeared in Bologna in 1494 from the press of Benedetto Faelli. The text is introduced, as in the Bolognese edition, by Beroaldo's dedicatory letter, and the Enarrationes Philippi Beroaldi in XIII Columellae (De arboribus).

Provenance: the Edinburgh Priory, belonging to the Dominican order, and destroyed in 1559 (contemporary ownership inscription on fol. b1r); the legal writer and judge Dodgson Hamilton Madden (1840-1928; ex libris on recto of front flyleaf).

Bibliographical note by Wright on verso of front flyleaf, dated 27 November 1723.
On first leaf ownership inscription dated 'ano 1589 die Junii 18. Lugduni in Bat'.
Rothamsted acquisition date 1926

Literature: ISTC is00349000; HC 14569*; GW M41055; BMC VII 1090; Bod-inc S-125; IGI 8856; Goff S-349; Klebs 902.4.

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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
220 Queenstown Road
London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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