Geneve [Geneva]: Ex Typographia Matthaei Berjon, 1620. Hardcover. Elephant folio size, approximately 1750 pp. Good +. Item #17062603
Ambrogio Calepino (ca. 1440-1511), although the son of a Count, entered the Augustine order at a young age. One of the missions of the Augustinians was education, and to aid this mission, they established their own printing press at Nuremberg in 1479, very shortly after the invention of movable type. True to his calling, Ambrogio Calepino dedicated his life to his Latin Dictionary which was first published in 1502; numerous revisions followed, with the Aldine printers publishing several editions. Non-Latin words were gradually added, to form a work of words from seven additional languages (Hebrew, Greek, French, Italian, German, Hispanic, and English); eventually, the Basel edition of 1590 contained eleven languages. Many later dictionaries depended on Calepino's work for almost 300 years, up through the late 1700s. This volume appears to have been in the possession of at least two theological libraries; there is a small plate at the top of the front turn-in "BIB. COLL. PICTAV. S.J." (Society of Jesus, the Jesuits); on the title page and the page following are contemporaneous ms notes, with stamps in the shape of a cross, indicating the volume from was the library of an order of Carmelites, "Ex Carmelo Bayonensi".
___DESCRIPTION: Rebacked calf spine with red title label lettered in gilt, contemporaneous calf boards covered with brown paste paper, beneath the front paste-down at the hinge is an old sheet of what appears to be Gregorian chant (used in binding), title page in red and black with a large woodcut publisher's device, two volumes bound into one with a large woodcut chapter heading and initial capital on first page of the first volume, text in two columns throughout; elephant folio (15" by 10"), pagination: first volume: [i-iv], 1-846; second volume: 1-895.
___CONDITION: Good overall, brown paper to front and rear boards is beginning to peel away (revealing the earlier calf underneath), as is paper on fore-edge, top and bottom edges. The newer spine is near fine, and although both front and rear hinges are starting, the boards are securely attached. Ink on title page which has also transfered to next three leaves, foxing scattered throughout the volume not affecting text, numerous small chips to leaves not affecting the text, the most prominent being on page 437, numerous leaves dog earred; the bulk of the text is in very good condition, a good candidate for rebinding with the possibilty of discovering some interesting vellum ms leaves used in the original binding.
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