1509 - Vergil's famous humanist encyclopaedia
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A highly important 1509 edition edition famous humanist encyclopaedia ‘De inventoribus rerum’ The origins of plays, books, magic, music, writing, mirrors, religious practices, and hair dying
This is a very rare, original 1509 printing, offered for consideration starting at $1 and no reserve.
Vergil, Polydore, 1470?-1555. De inventoribus rerum libri tres. M. Antonii Sabellici de artium inventoribus ad Baffum carmen elegantissimum... [Argentoraci : in officina Matthiæ Schürerij] Helvetensis,  Physical desc. , LXVI, ; 4to. 20 x 14.5, paper wraps, a VERY GOOD COPY. Extremely Rare- Only two copies in 30 years of the ABPC auction records (last was 19 years ago)
This is a very important and rare edition of Vergil's De inventoribus rerum, that advanced its reception among German humanist circles. It's printing was encouraged by Beatus Rhenanus, while he served as “director of publications” at the publishing house of Matthias Schürer, and before he relocated to Basel in 1511 and befriended Desiderius Erasmus. Beatus' teacher, the famous humanist Hieronymus Gebwiler, composed the introductory letter for this edition, which was evidently the first edition published in Germany.
Polydore Vergil or Virgil (c. 1470 – April 18, 1555) was an English historian, of Italian birth, otherwise known as PV ... read more