Pliny the Elder.
Historiae Naturalis Libri Decem.
[Lyon: Balthasar de Gabiano],
31 August, 1510.
This edition of Pliny’s Natural History is not actually a piracy of an Aldine imprint, but nevertheless employs a counterfeit reproduction of Aldus’s italic type and octavo format. Aldus obtained a ten-year privilege from the Venetian Senate for his italic types in 1501, but that protection did not extend beyond the Venetian Republic. Bound in contemporary Italian blind-stamped calf, which might imply that the book was ultimately intended for the Italian market.
From the collection of G. Scott Clemons.