Title: De antiquitate Judaica, De bello Judaico, Contra Apionem, 1481
Author: Flavius Josephus, translated by Rufinus of Aquileia, and edited by Hieronymus Squarzaficus
An impressive and scarce edition of Josephus dating 1481, being the 6th edition of the first Latin translation from 1470, and the first Venetian edition.
Having been published by Hieronymus Squarzaficus, this edition is particularly important, as Squarzaficus, for starters, was very well known to have been edited Petrarch and Boccaccio's works during the 15th century, as well as other various classical authors and works.
The 1481 edition was also the first to compile all three mentioned works by Josephus, with this Latin edition being set as the baseline for future editions over the years.
Two volumes bound into one vellum bound folio (19th century vellum rebinding), 231 and 119 leaves, lacking the initial and final blanks. 268 x 197 mm.
There are annotated notes scattered throughout the volume on the margins, most likely by a late 15th or early 16th century hand. There is also an ownership inscription on the first leaf.
On note of condition, this incunable is in fair shape, with several points to note;
The first 80 leaves contain some significant signs of staining from water damage in the margins as depicted in the photos. The first leaf has a very small hole obscuring several words. There are signs of restoration within the first 20 leaves, and some very minor worming in the middle of the volume. There is also some odd cropping throughout the volume, but this is more so a printing error.