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RICCHIERI, LUDOVICO. Ludovici Caelii Rhodigini Lectionum antiquarum libri sexdecim. Venetiis in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Soceri mense Februario 1516 [Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andrea Torresani, 1516].

Folio, stiff vellum binding, ff. [40], pp. 862, ff. [3].
Title-page entirely printed in red with large Aldine anchor device. Aldine anchor device on verso of last leaf in black. Roman type. Dedicatory letter to Jean Grolier.

FIRST AND ONLY ALDINE EDITION of this immense encyclopedia on every field of human knowledge in the Renaissance: philology and notes on classics, archeology, antiquities and general topics including music.

The author was the humanist Luigi Ricchieri called Rhodiginus (Rovigo 1469-1525), that collected in this work his studies in philological and archeological fields.

Provenance: Entirely annotated by a contemporary hand.

References: Renouard, 79, 11; STC 555; Brunet IV, 1269; Eitner VIII, 267; Adams R-450; Fétis VII, 240. Hoefer, NBG XLII, 134: «Ce recueil [comprends] toutes les branches des connaissances humaines». Contemporaries of Erasmus, III, p. 155: «In 1516 Ricchieri published the Antiquarum lectionum libri (Venice: A. Manuzio) , a collection of notes on the classics and on general topics in sixteen books, each with a separate dedication including one to Jean Grolier, then treasurer of Milan. The work was reprinted at Basel by Johann Froben in 1517. Erasmus complained that Ricchieri had borrowed from the Adagia without acknowledgment and that he had clumsily tried to correct Adagia I vii 56 and II iii 42. [...] Ricchieri may also have been the “someone from Italy” accused of ignorance and stupidity in Adagia II ix 1 Ricchieri himself was informed of Erasmus' comment by Francesco Giulio Calvo and Francesco Sacchetti and wrote to him on 22 April 1522 protesting his good intentions and promising to dedicate a book of a new edition of the work to him [...] He died before he could fulfil his promise, and the next edition of the Antiquarum lectionum libri, edited by his nephew Camillo and by G.M. Goretti, appeared at Basel (H. Froben and N. Episcopius) only in 1542. As the years passed Erasmus grew less hostile towards Ricchieri and indeed valued his work».


A very fine copy, clean and crisp and profusely annotated.

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[Aldine Encyclopedia] Ricchieri, 1516

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