QUINTILIANUS, Marcus Fabius [pseudo]. Declamationes maiores [edited by Jacobus Grasolarius]. Venice: Lucas Dominici F., Venetus, 2 August 1481
Chancery folio (270 x 195mm.), 123 leaves (of 124, without final blank), a10 b8 c-s6 t10, 35 lines, roman type, initial spaces, some early annotations, last 2 leaves with repaired wormholes, otherwise a
fine copy with wide margins and internally fresh.
The binding in crushed burgundy morocco by Brugalla dated 1947, gilt edges, marbled slipcase. The endpapers are vibrant marbled paper with broad inner dentelle gilt decorated edges. There is a private
leather library label to the front pastedown. The slipcase is equally delightful, matching the marble effect and matching leather edging to the entrance of the case and a white felt lining. Hand and glove.
EDITIO PRINCEPS of this collection of model speeches attributed to Quintilian. The editor, Jacopo Grasolari, was a student of Giorgio Merula who checked over Grasolari’s text before publication.
(Grasolari later became a Venetian notary.) ISTC iq00019000
PROVENANCE: Gianni de Marco, morocco book label. Bookseller’s ticket adhered to the outer case stating a retail price of £11,500.
Emilio Brugalla (1901-1987) was a Catalonian bookbinder of great renown. In 1921 he went to study in Paris and 2 years later returned to Barcelona. Brugalla specialised in the binding of religious books for
which he was awarded a prize at the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition. In 1931 he settled in his own workshop, and taught at the Barcelona Industrial School and the School of Librarians. This present
volume was bound by him in 1947.