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Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
[OPERA] LIBRI QUINQUE NOVITER INVENTI ATQUE CUM RELIQUIS EIUS OPERIBUS EDITI [EDITED BY FILIPPO BEROALDO]. (ROME: ETIENNE GUILLERY, 1515)
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Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
[OPERA] LIBRI QUINQUE NOVITER INVENTI ATQUE CUM RELIQUIS EIUS OPERIBUS EDITI [EDITED BY FILIPPO BEROALDO]. (ROME: ETIENNE GUILLERY, 1515)
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Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
[OPERA] LIBRI QUINQUE NOVITER INVENTI ATQUE CUM RELIQUIS EIUS OPERIBUS EDITI [EDITED BY FILIPPO BEROALDO]. (ROME: ETIENNE GUILLERY, 1515)
folio (300 x 217mm.), woodcut papal arms on verso of colophon, eighteenth-century vellum, early annotations in a cursive hand plausibly by Benivieni (some shaved at edges), occasional light foxing, light staining in second half of volume, last ten leaves (containing Agricola) stained and repaired in gutter, joints splitting
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Provenance

"Laurentii Benivenii και τ[ων] φιλ[ων]", inscription on title-page. Lorenzo Benivieni (1495-1547), a Florentine, was the grand-nephew of the poet Girolamo Benivieni and the first consul of the Accademia Fiorentina founded by Cosimo I.

Literature

Censimento 16 CNCE 37770

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION OF THE COMPLETE WORKS OF TACITUS, including the first six books which had recently been located (though the incomplete books five and six have been conflated, resulting in a gap for the years 29-31 AD); earlier editions had excluded these books.

The source manuscript for the first six books of the Annals was a ninth-century manuscript made in Fulda and then in the library of the abbey of Corvey in Saxony ("quinque libri nuper in Germania inventi", N1v). It came into the possession of Leo X, who enabled Beroaldo to prepare the text for publication and provided a privilege to protect Beroaldo's work for ten years (though it was quickly reprinted in Milan in 1517). The manuscript was never returned to Corvey (the Pope sent them a copy of the printed text and an indulgence in compensation) and it is now in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence.

On leaves N1v-2r the editor displays his concern for textual accuracy and reassures the reader that he has proof-read the text and provides a list of corrections which are marked at the appropriate place in the text with a marginal printed asterisk.

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