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Teofilo Folengo Opus Merlini Cocaii Poetae Mantuani Macaronicorum 1613 Signed by Simon Abbes Gabbema

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Signed and dated in 1650 by noted Frisian historian, Simon Abbes Gabbema (1628 – 1688), the official historian of Frisland, promoter of the Frisian language and a sometime owner of the Codex Roorda. First edition published 1517, Delepierre says this edition was printed in Germany not in Italy, as the paper and the “wretched woodcuts” (chétives figures) indicate, citing David Clément. Delepierre, Macaronéana, p. 138. A few pages have worn spots, thin holes in the uneven paper (pp. 5-6; 477-478; 479-480 affecting a few letters of text on p. 5), otherwise a good copy with an interesting provenance of a Frisian philologist, historian and manuscript collector.

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[Teofilo Folengo] Opus Merlini Cocaii Poetae Mantuani Macaronicorum. Venetiis, apud Nicolaum Bevilacquam, 1613. In-12. 14.5 cm. Contemporary lap-edged polished vellum, titled on the spine by hand, possibly by Simon Abbes Gabbema. Woodcut printer’s device with motto “sciencia immutabilis” on the title page. [iv (blanks); 1 – 541; viii; i (blank)] Verso of p. 541 blank; Twenty-seven woodcut illustrations at: A1b; A12b; C11; D7b; E4; E12b; F8b; G5b; H2b; H11; I6b; K3; K11; L6b; M3; M11; N8; O3; P2; P8b; Q4b; Q12b; S2b; T3b; T8; V3b; V10. Signed and dated in 1650 by noted Frisian historian, Simon Abbes Gabbema (1628 – 1688), the official historian of Frisland, promoter of the Frisian language and a sometime owner of the Codex Roorda. There is a second manuscript motto on the title page and another note on the front flyleaf.

Detail of title page showing signature and added second motto.

Hexasticon on the verso of the title-page.

First edition published 1517, Delepierre says this edition was printed in Germany not in Italy, as the paper and the wretched woodcuts (chétives figures) indicate, citing David Clément. Delepierre, Macaronéana, p. 138. A few pages  have worn spots, thin holes in the uneven paper (pp. 5-6; 477-478; 479-480 affecting a few letters of text on p. 5), otherwise a good copy with an interesting provenance of a Frisian philologist, historian and manuscript collector.

Woodcut illustration

Front cover.

Spine of the book, showing hand-lettered title.