160
160
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
[OPERA PHILOSOPHICA. EPISTOLAE. SPANISH] LAS OBRAS DE SENECA [TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY BY ALFONSO DE CARTAGENA]. SEVILLE: MEINARDUS UNGUT AND STANISLAUS POLONUS, 28 MAY 1491
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160
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
[OPERA PHILOSOPHICA. EPISTOLAE. SPANISH] LAS OBRAS DE SENECA [TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY BY ALFONSO DE CARTAGENA]. SEVILLE: MEINARDUS UNGUT AND STANISLAUS POLONUS, 28 MAY 1491
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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
[OPERA PHILOSOPHICA. EPISTOLAE. SPANISH] LAS OBRAS DE SENECA [TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY BY ALFONSO DE CARTAGENA]. SEVILLE: MEINARDUS UNGUT AND STANISLAUS POLONUS, 28 MAY 1491
Chancery folio (299 x 210mm.), 129 leaves (of 132), a-f8.8.6 g-m8.6 n-o8 p6 q-s8, 52 lines of commentary plus headline, gothic type, 4- to 7-line woodcut initials, first heading and initial printed in red, woodcut printer's device beneath colophon, some early annotations, contemporary blind-stamped half calf over wooden boards, two clasps, lacking r8 (supplied in facsimile) and blank leaves g8 and s8, many leaves slightly repaired at foredge and lower corner, r1 restored at foredge, s6 restored at lower corner, rebacked with new straps
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Provenance

Alonso de Aguilera, manuscript notes

Literature

Goff S374; HC 14596; BMC x 38; Bod-inc S-150; Palau 307667

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST TRANSLATION OF SENECA INTO CASTILIAN. The translator, Alfonso de Cartagena (1384-1456), was the son of Paul of Burgos, a Jewish convert to Christianity, and Alfonso became bishop of Burgos on the death of his father. He was a renowned humanist scholar and also translated Cicero into Castilian.

This is an early production from the press of Ungut and Polonus, who moved from Naples (where they may have worked with Matthias Moravus) to Spain by royal command and continued printing together up to 1499. For a later imprint by Polonus, see lot 151.

There is a long manuscript note on k6v, "En la villa de Archilla [north-east of Madrid] yo Alonso de Aguilera...", dated 1575 and signed by Alonso de Aguilera, and another shorter note by him on s5v, along with accounts recorded on the flyleaves at front and back of the volume.

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