Title Printed Leaf from: Scriptores rei rusticae....
Book Condition Collectible: Very Good
Publisher Reggio Emilia: Francesco Mazzali, 1499
Seller ID EU512-77
Single Folio Leaf. 12 1/8 x 8 1/8 inches. 305 x 205 mm. Printed single column, 44 lines of text per page, with marginal notes, 1 woodcut initial, Roman type face; text unmarked, but a manuscript marginal pointed finger in ink in 1 margin. Printed on water-marked fine linen paper; toned with marginal water-stains. Very Good. The Renaissance was a good time to study agriculture. The efforts of folks like Poggio Bracciolini had turned up many classical texts, and these, in turn, were reprinted for a hungry market. The Scriptores rei rusticae was a popular compilation of agricultural texts, including those of Marcus Porcius Cato (234-149 BC), Marcus Terentius Varro (116-27 BC), L. Junius Moderatur Columella (circa 36-65 AD) and Rutilius Taurus Palladius (flourished 4th century AD). This leaf contains text from Columella, the most important writer on agriculture whose works survived from the Roman Empire. In it the author reflects on sources he had studied, many of which are known today only in Columella's text. The work was so popular that four editions edited by Beroaldus based on the earlier editors Georgius Merula (1430-1494) and Franciscus Colucia (flourished 15th century) had been printed by 1496. This is a 1499 Latin edition printed in Reggio Emilia by Francesco Mazzali, who printed both an Italian and Latin edition in that year.
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