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Livy, Johannes Andreae, ed. Leaf extracted from Historiae Romanae decades. [Venice]: Vindelinus de Spira, 1470. Folio (37.8 cm, 14.875").  f. $450.00
As a close friend of the emperor Augustus, Livy set out to write a history of Rome from the era of legends relating to Aeneas's arrival after the fall of Troy to Livy's own time, i.e., the reign of the emperor Augustus. This leaf is from one of the first three printed editions of Historiae Romanae decades and is from the "decade" covering General Scipio's adventures in Africa. => The text is unadorned and printed in single columns of 49 lines with ample margins in a beautifully crafted roman type.
German printer Vindelinus de Spira (a.k.a. Wendelin de Speier or Speyer) was, alongside his brother John, in 1468 one of the first to bring printing to Venice from Germany, where their use of roman type was considered innovative. Trevitt & Steinberg note in Five Hundred Years of Printing that the brothers' publications "were well produced and show discrimination in their choice of authors" (p. 31).
Provenance: From the incunabula leaf collection of the Grabhorn press.
Goff L238; IGI 5771; BMC, V, 154; ISTC il00238000; GKW M18494. Leaf disbound and mounted along the top edge to a dark gray pasteboard. Very light dust-soiling overall, with none on the side facing the mounting; age-toning along edges with a few small spots; text block gently skewed. Faint bibliographical information pencilled in bottom margin. An attractive early leaf from an early press. (38326) Please RESHELVE This.
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