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De arte rhetorica / De poetica, in Greek — Venice 1536

Τέχνης ῥητορικῆς βιβλία γ´. Πρὸς Ἀλέξανδρον περὶ ῥητορικῆς βιβ. ά. Περὶ ποιητικῆς. Aristotelis de arte rhetorica lib. tres. Ad Alexandrum de Rhetorica lib. unus. De Poetica lib. unus … [Ed. by Vettore Trincavelli]. — Venice, Bartholomeo Zanetti for Giovanni Francesco Trincavelli, January 1536. [sold]

8vo (150 x 103 mm). a4 β-ω4 Α-Π4: (160) leaves. Contemporary vellum, worn; ties are new. Faint foxing to quire Z, but clean and crisp internally. From the library of the great bibliophile John Alfred Spranger, his ex-libris on paste-down. Printed in Greek.

Not in Adams and Riley. BL/STC 43; Hoffmann 1839 I, 279 („Der Text ist nach Handschrr. verbessert worden.“); Edit16 2902; Cooper/Gudeman, A bibl. of the Poetics of A. 1928, no. 5; Layton, The Greek Book… p. 518. Device: Layton fig. 243.

¶ „The Greek text [of De poetica] was printed for the first time in the Aldine edition of the Rhetores Graeci (1508); but the modern influence of this famous work dates from the memorable year 1536. It was the year that saw the Greek text separately published by Trincavelli, a revised Latin translation published by Pazzi, and the teaching of Aristotle applied for the first time to the theory of tragedy by Daniello.“ (Sandys, Hist. of. Class. Scholarship, p. 133).

On the immense historical influence of De poetica see the detailed analysis in B. Weinberg, A history of literary criticism in the Italian Renaissance. 2 vol. Chicago 1961. On Vettore Trincavelli: M. Sicherl, Die griech. Erstausgaben des V. Trinvacelli, Paderborn 1993, pp. 1ff.

Bartolomeo Zanetti printed for the Giunta company using the Kallierges type around 1514/15 and later, was in Venice around 1527/28, but the first books under his name, financed by the Trincavelli, appeared in 1535 only. When the association with the Trincavelli came to an end in 1537, he printed for Sessa, Torresano, Antonios Eparchos and Nikolaos Sophanianos. His Greek type was bought by the Farri brothers, and in the 1540ies he was active mainly as a scribe.