[Venice: Philippus Pincius (printer)1494]. Folio in 8s. Item #021395
An early work printed by Pencius (Philip Pinzi) who began publishing Galen’s work in 1490 and then produced this important edition of Caesar’s Gallic Wars. Raymond Marliano in the spirit of the Renaissance used this edition to identify the names of the Celtic and Gallic tribes and places which are noted in Caesar’s writings. The results of this study were published as an Index urblum, fluminam & locorum to later issues. Note: using Pinzi’s type another edition was printed at Venice for Benedetto Fontana in 1499. a-q8 r6 (*4) [d2 misbound after d4] (± q, q8, r, r6); 134 leaves. Bound in ¾ vellum over tan paper covered boards, hand lettered on spine. The ornamental woodcut initial and incipit on a2r are printed in red, all others are in black. Tipped onto front pastedown is an early German bookseller’s catalog entry, citing Hain-Copinger, 4220; Proctor, 5304; British Museum Catalogue V, 496. Also see Goff, C24. (As noted in the collation, q, q8, r, and r6 are skillfully repaired at gutters. Early repair to half title. Some tiny worming of margins beginning at O2 through end with very minimal loss of a few letters only and a few small worm holes to upper margins only of a few leaves. The last page there is a marvelous printers mark of St. Anthony of Padua, with this legend, Defende Nos, Beate Pater Antoni. A very good copy.