Title: Ovidius de Arte amandi et Remedio amoris cum interpretationibus Bartholomei Merulae nuperrime diligentissime castigates, 1510
Author: Ovid; Bartholomaeus Merula
Publisher: Mediolani, impressit uir solers & industrius magister Leonardus Pachel, 1510 die iii Septembris
An extremely scarce early 16th century edition of Ovid’s de Arte Amandi, also known as the Ars Amatoria, or the Art of Loving and the Remedy of Love, featuring the commentary of Bartholomaeus Merula. an instructional elegy series in three books, the first book of the Ars amatoria was written to show a man how to find a woman. The second book shows how to keep her. The third and final book, written two years after the first books were published, gives women advice on how to win and keep the love of a man.
To the rear of the last leaf is an inscription from an early owner, by the name of Augustinus Bona torinensis(?).
Leaf 12 is lacking.
USTC records 7 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One vellum bound volume in octavo, 50 of 51 leaves
This volume is in good shape, with old rubbing and staining to the binding, and light peeling to the rear cover. A small piece to the margin of leaf 7 is lacking, obscuring some printed marginalia. The binding is splayed, and the vellum is a bit rigid when opening the book. There is light foxing and staining throughout.