L. Ivnii Moderati Columellae De Re Rustica Libri XII. by…

[Scriptores de re rustica] COLUMELLA, Lucius Junius Moderatus.

L. Ivnii Moderati Columellae De Re Rustica Libri XII. Eiusdem de Arboribus liber, separatus ab alijs. Lyon, Sebastian Gryphius, 1548-49.

5 parts in 1 vol. 8vo (170 x 105mm), pp. 491, [21]; 184, [8]; [168], continuous signature, separate title to each part, with woodcut printer’s device to title and verso of last leaf, a few woodcut diagrams, and woodcut initials, titles and fore-edge a bit dusty, slight browning, mainly marginal spotting or light dampstaining, small tears at blank margins of a4, b8 and d6, outer or lower margin of a5-a8, b5-b6 and 2f7 repaired, occasionally touching text, small hole to 2B8 affecting a couple of words, bound in contemporary vellum, yapp edges, spine cracked, upper hinge starting but firm, armorial bookplate of Johnstone to front pastedown, occasional early marginalia.

This collected edition features Columella and Palladius’s classic and influential works on tree cultivation and the agricultural year - texts which remained most successful among educated landowners and which were much reprinted in early modern Europe. This edition also includes Columella’s work on trees, edited by Victorius, ‘the first editor whose observations on these writers are entitled to particular attention’ (Dibdin), as well as Beroaldus’s annotations to Columella, Alexandrinus’s Enarrationes vocum priscarum and Aldus’s De dierum generibus.

Dibdin II, p.359; Brunet V, 246; Adams C 2411; BM STC French 1470-1600, p. 120.

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