Place and Imprint: Paris: Apud Mamertum Patissonium, in Officina Rob. Stephani, 1577.
Edition: First edition edited by Joseph Scalinger.
Bibliographical References: Adams C1156; Schreiber, The Estiennes, 248.
Condition: Edges just a little rubbed; fine copy.
Book ID: 28339
Physical Description8vo, two parts in one volume, 18th century French cat's paw calf, marbled endpapers, maroon morocco spine label, gilt decorations and lettering, a.e. stained red. Woodcut vignette printer's device of the Estiennes on the title-page.
CommentsThe celebrated and often reprinted edition of Catullus and his two fellow Roman poets, Tibullus and Propertius, edited by French scholar Joseph Justus Scalinger (1549-1609), one of the most influential classical scholars of the Renaissance. Scalinger’s Catullus became the definitive text of the great lyrical poet, and like many of Scalinger’s works, a model for future textual scholarship. Scalinger "produced, in 1577, a new textus receptus of Catullus (if less so for Tibullus and Propertius), which endured, in common use with some modifications, for two hundred and fifty years" - Arthur Freeman, Fifty Rare and Interesting Continental Books, Summer 2020.