Apr 08, 2021 - Sale 2563

Sale 2563 - Lot 43

Price Realized: $ 618
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 500
Dousa, Janus, the elder (1545-1604)
Nordovicis Centurionatus, Sive Plautinarum Explanationum Libri IV.

Leiden: ex officina Plantiniana apud Franciscum Raphelengium, 1587.

First edition, 16mo, bound in contemporary Dutch parchment, laced case construction, with yapp edges and woven cotton or linen ties (likely replacements of original silk ties) with patches inside boards covering tie attachments, elegant oval tool stamped in blind on each board, corner and spine ornaments also tooled in blind; old ownership inscription scratched from title, near-contemporary notes of Michael Sumio on verso of title, and misquote of the ancient Roman poet Floridus [sometimes Florus] "Fuge [should be Sperne] mores transmarinos mille habent offucias"; some marginal notes and short ms. index on rear pastedown; some speckling to contents, generally good, 4 3/4 x 3 in.

For Dousa, the wide-ranging humanist polymath, Plautus was a favorite.

Adams D-868.