Title: Epigrammaton Libri XII. Xeniorum Lib. I. Apophoretorum Lib. I., 1613
Author: Martialis; Marcus Valerius
Publisher: Coloniae, Gualterus
An early 17th century edition of Martial’s twelve books of Epigrams, published in Rome between AD 86 and 103, during the reigns of the emperors Domitian, Nerva and Trajan. Comprising of short and witty poems, he satirises city life and the scandalous activities of his acquaintances, romanticizing his provincial upbringing. He wrote a total of 1561 epigrams, of which 1235 are in elegiac couplets. Martial’s epigrams highlight the spectacle and brutality of daily life in imperial Rome.
Several leaves are extensively annotated, including the front flypaper.
This volume has been bound in blind stamped pigskin over wooden boards. There are tooled decorations to the center of the covers. There are roll stamped border icons. The clasps are lacking.
The title page is missing, this copy being identified after comparison to the digital copy of the BSB Munich.
This volume bears the stamp of the dissolved monastery library Franziskaner Kloster Dettelbach.
One pigskin bound volume in 32mo, 324 of 326 pages
This volume is in poor shape, with heavy rubbing and wear to the binding. There is worming to the first and last leaves, with text loss. The last three leaves are torn and glued together, with text loss. There is foxing and staining throughout.