Title: M. Val. Martialis Epigrammaton Libri XII, 1626
Author: Marcus Valerius Martialis; Matthaus Rader
Publisher: Dilingae, Formis Academicis, Apud Iacobum Sermodi
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.
This volume is bound in a manuscript waste binding, with the fragments having come from a 15th century work, with red initials still present.
One volume in 16mo, 426+(18) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with the manuscript waste binding still holding well, with staining to the binding, and several small wormholes present on the covers. There is a tear to page 3 as pictured. There is soiling and foxing throughout.