PARADOXA. M.T. CICERONIS AD M. BRVTVM. CUM F. SYLVII AMBIANI COMMENTARIIS.
Imprint: Paris, Jodocus Badius Ascensius, 1532.
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Sm. 4to. (8 1/8 x 5 8/16 inches), recently bound in the antique style in full tobacco color goat with triple blind ruled borders surrounding a narrow scroll border, which is bordered by a pair of blind fillets; plain spine with blind-blocked horizontal bands. A large copy with a few underlinings, a touch of occasional spotting, including a small black ink spot on the title; the last four leaves of the b signature roughly opened along part of the extreme bottom margin; otherwise a very attractive copy of an uncommon edition.Cicero's stoic maxims, dedicated to Brutus, with commentary by Franciscus Sylvanus are here applied to everyday life. Not only Rome's greatest orator, Cicero was perhaps its most articulate philosopher, and through his philosophical treatises he helped make Latin a strong, yet surprisingly flexible, vehicle for logical speculation.This edition was printed by Josse Bade (1462-1535), a Fleming who moved to Paris and Latinized his name to Jodocus Badius Ascensius. He is the first of three great French printer-scholars (the other two are Henri Estienne and Geoffroy Tory), who were enamored of humanism and worked to spread abroad the works of classical authors. Led by Bade, they each resolutely broke with French gothic tradition, and employed for their publications the beautiful roman types created by Janson and Aldus Manutius. Moreau locates copies in the British Library, the Bibliotheque National, the Laurentian Library (Florence) and in the Folger. Not in Adams. No copy located on OCLC First Search.
WOODCUT OF THE PRINTER'S SHOP ON THE TITLE-PAGE