Title: Auli Gellii luculentissimi scriptoris Noctes Atticae, 1555
Author: Aulus Gellius
Publisher: Apud Seb. Gryphium Lugduni
A mid 16th century edition of Gellius’ famous Attic Nights.
The work takes its name from having been started long winter nights he spent in Attica, later being continued and completed in Rome. The work was compiled from an Adversaria (commonplace book of the Roman era), unto which he noted down anything of import he had heard or discovered. From grammar, geometry, philosophy, and more, the Attic Nights were a massive compilation of various pieces of information.
Originally divided into 20 books, 19 survived in their complete state, save for the 8th, with only the index surviving. There are woodcut initials throughout of various designs. There is a contemporary ex libris inscription to the title page. There is an unknown coat of arms engraved to the covers.
One vellum bound volume in 12mo, (62)+533 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape, with rubbing and staining to the binding, with the vellum having warped, and the front cover partially detached from the top. There is some foxing and staining throughout, with toning to the page edges. There is some letter loss to the top left of the title page. Leaf 49 appears to be some sort of early facsimile, or perhaps a leaf supplanted from another copy.