Folio: -504-[2, 1 bl., 1] pp. (fore-edge margins of 1st ff. strengthened).
Contemp. blind-stamped calf, gilt coat of arms on covers, gilt-titled spine with 4 raised bands, thumb index (rubbed, joints splitting, some repairs). Very good copy.
A humanist storehouse of mythological lore, known in English as “On the Genealogy of the Gods of the Gentiles”. This first great treatise on classical mythology is an encyclopedic compilation of the tangled family relationships of the classical pantheons of Ancient Greece and Rome, written in Latin prose 1370-1375 by the Italian author and poet Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375). It is followed by a geographical dictionary, both edited by the German humanist Micyllus (1503-1558). Woodcut mark on title and at the end. 13 full-page woodcut genealogical trees.
Prov. Ownership entry at top of title "Mon(aste)rij S(anc)ti Andree iuxta brugas", i.e. the Bruges Benedictine Abbey of St Andrew. - The Society of Writers to the Signet (gilt supra-libros). - Catalogue cutting pasted on front endpaper.
Ref. VD-16 B-5846. - Adams B-2173. - STC German (BL) 129.
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