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Daniel Good Rare Books and Engravings

1515 Vergil Grüninger Incunabula Woodcut leaf - Morris & Lucinda before Rome

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Large beautiful engraving from Vergil's Ecloga, from a Venetian printing by Giunta. Fine.

Wood engraving with ornate initial.

29.8 x 20.6 cm


VIRGIL, PUBLIUS MARO (VERGILIUS). Opera accuratissime castigata. I-III. Venice, Lucantonio Giunta, ca 1515.

This Giunta edition from 1515 is rightly acclaimed for its magnificent series of woodcut illustrations based on blocks of the anonymous Late Master of the Grüninger Workshop. According to Essling (I,i, p.75) the woodcuts were first used in an edition printed by Giunta in 1515, but while he was unable to locate a copy of the book he refers to the quantity and importance of the illustrations therein. Subsequently they were used by Giunta in editions of 1519 and 1522.

Very good condition.

Over 500 years old.