Commentariorum de Bello Gallico libri.
Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andrea Torresani,
This first Aldine edition of Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War perfectly illustrates Aldus’s intent that his publications be put to scholarly use. The two-page map of France was colored by hand stencil while in production. The color scheme laid out in Aldus’s preface is designed to enable the reader to follow the geography of the action of the text. As in most copies, this exemplar includes corrections in the hand of Aldus. Bound in contemporary Venetian calf, annotated throughout in a contemporary hand.
From the collection of G. Scott Clemons.