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SIGONIO, CARLO. Fasti Consulares, ac triumphi acti a Romulo rege usque ad Ti. Caesarem. Eiusdem in fastos, et triumphos, idest in universam romanam historiam Commentarius. Eiusdem de Nominibus Romanorum liber. Venetiis, apud Paulum Manutium, 1556.

Folio (295x200 mm), half vellum with red label and gilt title at spine, ff. (16), 165 (misnumbered 169), (1, errata leaf).
Two large Aldine devices with the anchor and the dolphin surrounded by a crown made with flowers and fruits, woodcut headletters.
The prefatory letter is addressed to Lorenzo Priolo, Doge of Venice.
Two woodcuts with Roman coins at recto of f. 162 (indicated erroneously 166).

First edition of Fasti Consulares with Sigonius' wide commentary.

Indeed, they were published without commentary in the previous year but Brunet considers that edition without value («sans valeur, celle de 1556 ... est beaucoup plus complete»).

Sigonius' commentary, that is the most important part, has a separate title-page: this edition is fundamental because, for the first time, the Roman chronology was treated with great philologic care.
To this edition is also added the first edition of the treatise about the Roman names (De nominibus Romanorum liber).

Carlo Sigonio (c. 1524-1584), wrote several work on Roman history and archeology and teached in the universities of Venice (1552), Padua (1560) and Bologna (1563).

References: CNCE, 28012. OCLC, 311247678. Renouard, 169, 16. Adams S-1115; STC Italian 626; Brunet, V, 380; Graesse, VI, 403. Sandys, History of Classical Scholarship, II (1908), p. 143; UCLA 498.


A very fine copy.

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[Roman Chronology, Aldus] Sigonio, Fasti, 1556

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