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COMPLETED TO THE END OF 1836, by the addition of a SUPPLEMENT, containing a
HENRY G. BOHN, 4, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
EDITIO PRINCEPS. This edition is excessively rare and valuable; it has neither paging-figures, catch-words, nor signatures. Maittaire, who first gave a description of this volume, supposes it to have been printed by Zarotus, at Milan, about 1470, and took no inconsiderable pains to prove that it was really printed by the above-mentioned printer; and subsequent bibliographers have coincided with him in this supposition, among which number may be ranked the following: Panzer, Orlandi, Saxius, De Bure, Ernesti, Harles, Beloe, Dibdin, and Brunet. Gesner found the text of this edition so accurate and pure, that he esteemed it of manuscript authority: his words are; "Possideo exemplum primae quae adhuc innotuit editionis, "cuivis libro manuscripto facile comparandum, quae editio "cum nullam editoris, loci, temporis, expressam mentionem "habeat, ne titulum quidem s. indicem, conjectura nescio quam "probabili Antonio Zaroto Parmensi, et Mediolano, et anno "circiter 1470, a Maittairio adsignatur. Literae sunt ejus "formae, quam Jensonius adhibuit, sed paulo minus cultae et "incompositae." On the recto of fol. 1. without any prefix, we read the following titular head-line, which is immediately succeeded by the first ode of book i. thus ;
QVINTI ORATII FLACCI CAR
MINVM LIBER PRIMVS.
O & præsidium & dulce decus meum
Beneath these verses are