Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andrea Torresani,
This first Aldine edition of the works of Apuleius includes his Golden Ass, the only Roman novel to survive into the modern era. In addition to this and various other platonic works of Apuleius, the text includes the editio princeps of the neoplatonic works of Alcinous, and is therefore an important contributor to the Hermetic tradition. Bound in contemporary Venetian goatskin, with the figure of Fortune riding a dolphin and holding a sail blind-stamped on both covers.
From the collection of G. Scott Clemons.