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Hoc volumine continentur… Macrobii interpretatio in Somnium Scipionis a Cicerone confictum : euisdem Saturnalia libri septem

Hoc volumine continentur… Macrobii interpretatio in Somnium Scipionis a Cicerone confictum : euisdem Saturnalia libri septem

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1515 1st ed Macrobius Saturnalia Dream Scipio Occult Pagan Philosophy Astronomy "Good laws are produced by bad actions." – Macrobius, Saturnalia
Macrobius was a 5th-century Roman scholar known for his works of Platonism during the Middle Ages. His most well-known and remembered works are 'Somnium Sciponis', or 'Commentary on Cicero's Dream of Scipio' and 'Saturnalia' which is a collection of Roman religious anecdotes and historical sketches.
'Commentary on Dream of Scipio' was the most widely cited and referenced book in the Middle Ages. It is important for giving astronomical distances – one of the earliest estimations of the diameter of the sun. His anti-Christian approach to philosophy was evident in 'Dream' as he sought to describe Creation in a stoic pseudo-scientific manner. According to Shirley,"His Neo-platonic commentary on Cicero includes, among many references to the pseudo-sciences, a geographic concept which is different from that of Ptolemy. The inhabited world north of the Equator is balanced by a southern continent and divided from it by water."This is illustrated with a woodcut on the verso of leaf 71 of the 1515 Giunta edition.
'Saturnalia' contains a variety of discussions on Greek and Roman history, mythology, and Latin grammar. It is one of the earliest written works describing the Roman calendar and pagan sun worship.
This 1515 Giunta first edition features both of Macrobius's famous works. It is exceedingly rare and features seven woodcut illustrations in 'Dream'.
Item number: #5296Price: $1950
MACROBIUS, Ambrosius Theodosius
Hoc volumine continentur… Macrobii interpretatio in Somnium Scipionis a Cicerone confictum : euisdem Saturnalia libri septem
Florentinae: Philippi Junta, 1515. First edition.
Details: Foliation: Complete with all leaves[12], 279, [1]7 woodcutsSignatures: []12a-z, &, ?, R, A-I8Colophon: Impressum Flore[n]tiae : Opera & sumptu Philippi Iuntae, anno a nativitate [M]D.XV supra mille mense Iulio Leone Decimo PontificePrinter's device on verso of final leafReferences: Adams M 59; USTC 839410; Edit16 28733; Shirley 13 (1483 edition)Language: LatinBinding: Leather; tight & secureSize: ~6.75in X 4in (17cm x 10cm)Extremely rare with no other example for sale worldwide at present and auction records and price comparisons at very high prices
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  • Bookseller: Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 5296
  • Title: Hoc volumine continentur… Macrobii interpretatio in Somnium Scipionis a Cicerone confictum : euisdem Saturnalia libri septem
  • Format/binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Book condition: Used - Near Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Philippi Junta
  • Place: Florentinae
  • Date published: 1515
  • Keywords: 1515 1st ed Macrobius Saturnalia Dream Scipio Occult Pagan Philosophy Astronomy rare, antique, old, first edition, 1st state, provenance, signed, inscribed, dust jacket, vellum, manuscript, engravings, illustrations, leather, plates, maps, antiquarian


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