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AUSONIUS, Decimus Magnus. [VINET, Elie, editor]


Ausonii Burdigalensis, ... Omnia, quae adhuc in veteribus bibliothecis inveniri potuerunt, opera. Ad haec. Symmachi, & Pontii Paulini litterae ad Ausonium scriptae, tum Ciceronis, Sulpiciae, aliorumque quorundam veterum carmina nonnulla, Cuncta ad varia, vetera, novaque exemplaria, hac secunda editione emendata, commentariisque auctioribus illustrata, per Eliam Vinetum, Iosephum Scaligerum ... Adiunctum est & Chronicon rerum Burdigalensium, Gabrielis Lurbaei. (Ed. & Comm. E. Vinet & J.J. Scaliger).
Bordeaux: Simon Millanges. 1590..

3 parts in one volume, 4to., [500] leaves (= 418 + 52 + 30). Main title printed in red and black on early 19th century half calf, marbled paper sides, printer's woodcut device on second title, woodcut arms of Bordeaux on third title, cipher of the Dukes of Devonshire on spine. Four folding plates, some woodcuts and diagrams in the text Some light dust-soiling, a few minor spots. Chatsworth book label.

This is the third and most complete Bordeaux edition of Vinet's Ausonius, the fourth-century Latin poet of Bordeaux, who has been called the first medieval Latin poet. This edition opens with a new preface, by the printer Simon Millanges, dated 1590.


Vinet first published his great edition of Ausonius in 1575-80, which comprised less than 400 pages; for the present edition two sections were added, each with separate title and collation: Joseph Scaliger's Ausonianarum lectionum libri duo (first published separately in 1574: Cioranesco 20425 ), and Gabriel Lurbe's Chronicon rerum Burdigalensium, first published separately the previous year (see Cioranesco 13841); for the present edition, Lurbe (d. 1613), a Bordeaux historian, has revised his chronicle to bring the history of the city down to 1590. It includes a reference to Montaigne as mayor of Bordeaux.

This copy contains all four plates: the Amphitheatre, the Tutelle Palace, the Augustus Altar (backed, clean tear mended not affecting image), and a view of Bordeaux (one or more of these plates are often missing: cf. Adams A-2286).

Desgraves, Bibliographie bordelaise, nos. 126-128; Desgraves (Vinet), no. 35; Etienne-Preste-Desgraves, Ausone, humaniste aquitain, no. 97; Adams A-2286 (calling for only 2 plates); Cioranesco 13841 (Lurbe).

Price £ 1200.00
Stock Code 53006
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