Scenecae Tragoediae [sic].
Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andrea Torresani,
after 7 October 1517.
The only Aldine edition of the ten tragedies of Seneca the Younger, including the Octavia, wrongly attributed to him. The editor Girolamo Avanzi, about whom very little is known, claims in the preface to have corrected “three thousand errors” from previous printings. Seneca’s tragedies exerted a heavy influence on the Elizabethan theater in particular. This is the first issue of the imprint, with Seneca’s name embarrassingly misspelled on the titlepage.
From the collection of G. Scott Clemons.