Epistolarum Libri Decem.



Pliny the Younger.


Epistolarum Libri Decem.


Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andrea Torresani,


November 1508.


Apart from a substantial fragment in The Pierpont Morgan Library, the 6th-century uncial manuscript on which this edition of the letters of Pliny the Younger is based no longer survives, making this imprint an essential source for all modern critical editions. This is the first Aldine imprint to note Aldus’s association with his father-in-law, Andrea Torresani, and the first with numbered foliation. Bound in a curious silver repoussé case, ornamented with birds, cupids, flowers, scrolls, etc. The top edge of the binding is hallmarked London 1793, with the maker’s initials of the silversmith John Wren.


From the collection of G. Scott Clemons.