Historiarum ab urbe condita, libri, qui extant, XXXV. Cum universae historiae epitomis, a Carolo Sigonio emendati: cuius etiam scholia simul eduntur, quibus ijdem libri, atque epitomae partim emendantur, partim etiam explanantur.

  • Livy
  • Venetiis [Venice]: Apud Paulum Manutium, Aldi F. 1555
  • CNCE 27997; Adams L1342; Renouard p. 166 #15; Ahmanson-Murphy 477; Dibdin II 166.

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FIRST SIGONIUS EDITION, folio, ff. [iv], 478, 98, [40]. Later vellum boards, gilt-lettered morocco label on spine covering a blind-decorated leather label. An intermittent dampmark to fore-edge (heavier towards the beginning), otherwise just occasional spotting or light soiling. Lightly soiled, a little surface wear to joints and spine bands, upper label chipped and partially defective revealing the lower label beneath. A few early marginal notes, short early manuscript index to rear blank. Milltown Park library stamp to title-page and their shelfmark label and bookplate to front pastedown, along with the William O’Brien bequest label, their shelfmark also in biro near foot of spine.

Notes

The first Sigonius edition of Livy, a groundbreaking work which substantially advanced the study of Roman historical chronology through Sigonius's emendations and copious commentary. Sigonius (or Carlo Sigonio, c.1524-1584) was professor successively at Venice, Padua, and Bologna, with this work (and his 'Fasti Consulares' of the same year) being 'the first in which accurate criticism was applied to the chronology of Roman history' (Sandys). Instead of using purely linguistic grounds to emend the text, Sigonius incorporated the historical content and manuscript tradition in his consideration of potential textual corrections. Later in the century Scaliger would build on Sigonius's methods for his more famously fundamental works on ancient historical chronology.

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