Publisher: [Venice: Aldus Manutius & Andrea Socer, January 1515]. (Colophon: Venetiis in Aedibus Aldi, et an Dreae Soce ri Mense Ianuario M.D.XV.).
Edition: Second Aldine edition, variant issue with pages 99 and 101 incorrectly numbered 98 and 107.
Bibliographical References: Renouard 1515-11; Gordon, Bibliography of Lucretius, 6; Adams L1651.
Condition: Stained edges rubbed; a smudge or two and a few spots on the endpapers; binding a little rubbed and soiled; very good copy.
Book ID: 28162
DescriptionSmall 8vo, later vellum, "Lucre / tius" in faded manuscript on the spine, all edges stained red. Aldine anchor device on the title-page. Without A1, a blank.
CommentsA fine 16th century edition of De Rerum Natura, the famous philosophical poem by Roman Titus Lucretius Carus (94?-51? BCE). Chronologically this is the eighth printed edition of the text and the first edited by Venetian poet, orator, and scholar Andrea Navagero (1483-1529), who was also the son-in-law of Aldus Manutius. The italic type used for the text was designed by Francesco Griffo (1450-1518), the Venetian type designer who was responsible for several important typefaces used by Aldus.