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Cato (Marcus Porcius), Marcus Terentius Varro, Junius Moderatus Columella and Rutilius Taurus Palladius. Libri de re Rustica, edited by Giovanni Giocondo, collation: *8 aa-bb8 cc10 a-h8 i4 k-z A-Q8, Roman and italic type, woodcut printer's device to titles and verso of otherwise blank final f., woodcut illustrations and diagrams, initial spaces with guide-letters, cc10 blank, P7&8 short repaired tear at foot, within text and with loss of a few letters, a few marginal repairs, 20th century half morocco, gilt, small 4to (203 x 120mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [May, 1514].
⁂ First Aldine edition of this compendium of Roman texts on agriculture. With much on viticulture and the art of wine-making, including the choice of soil and aspect of vineyards, the planting, pruning and cultivation of vines and how to make and care for different sorts of wine.
Provenance: Rothamsted acquisition date 1915.
Literature: Simon, BB II, 593; Simon BG 310; Adams S805; Ahmanson-Murphy 121; Renouard, Alde, 66:2; EDIT 16 CNCE 37471.

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Cato (Marcus Porcius) Libri de re rustica, first Aldine

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