Title: Ioannis Iouiani Pontani Opera Omnia Soluta Oratione Composita, 1518/1519
Author: Giovanni Gioviano Pontano
Publisher: Venetiis: in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae soceri
An early 16th century complete three volume set of the first collected Aldine edition of the prose works of Aldus, printed by the heirs of Aldo Manuzio and Andrea Torresano between June 1518 and September 1519. While the poems from the first volume have been reprinted from the 1505 edition, the other two are shown in print form from Aldus for the first time. The first two volumes contain works such as De principe, De liberalitate, and others, while the third volume contains scientific, astronomical, astrological works, as well as a translation of Centium Sententiae Ptolemaei, with commentary.
Included are the following works: Nomina librorum, qui in hisce tribus partibus continentur; De Aspiratione libri duo. Charon dialogus. Antonius dialogus. Actius dialogus. Aegidius dialogus. Asinus dialogus. De sermone libri sex; and Centum Ptolemaei sententiae ad Syrum fratrem.
The second volume is bound in a tooled 16th century leather binding, with the title to the top of the front board. The third volume is also present in a rebacked and tooled 16th century leather binding, though the binding was applied upside down.
The first volume has been heavily annotated throughout, namely in the form of marginalia.
Leaf 326 of the first volume is repeated twice in numbering. The Charon Dialogues, commonly censored and removed by the ecclesiastical authority, are lacking from leaves 48-67, which have been replaced with blanks. Leaves 45 and 46 are lacking from the third volume.
Three volumes in octavo, (4)+326 (Actually 327), 318, 301+(19) leaves
These volumes are in good shape, with various states of rubbing, wear, and chipping to all three bindings. There is some foxing and staining to all three volumes, though significantly lighter to the second volume.