De Nola Opusculum, Distinctum, Plenum, Clarum, Doctum, Pulcrum, Verum, Graue, Varium & Utile
Girolamo Mocetto (Italian, ca. 1470–1531)
Ambrosius Leo (died 1525)
Published by Johannes Rubeus, Vercellensis , Venice
Printed book with woodcuts and engravings
11 1/8 × 8 3/16 × 13/16 in. (28.3 × 20.8 × 2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1920
Not on view
No title page. Decorative and historiated woodcut initials. Contains four engraved plates by Mocetto, three of which are folded. The first printed in greenish ink; the second trimmed slightly at top; the third not folded but bound in as a full page and trimmed at bottom; the last trimmed at left. The first three plates, which exist in two states, appear to be in the second state. 1st edition of one of the earliest books on archaeology. Nola, one of the oldest cities in Campania, was conquered by the Romans in 313 B.C. and became a Roman colony under Augustus. Leone was a native of Nola and carefully studied the archaeological remains still visible at the time.
Marking: On inside of front cover: Bookplate of Sir Henry Hope Edwardes On inside of front cover: The Metropolitan Museum of Art stamp On inside of front cover: George Dunn On flyleaf in ink: K K 3:77 On flyleaf: The Metropolitan Museum of Art stamp
Sir Henry Hope Edwardes; George Dunn (British, 1865–1912); Vendor: through Junius Spencer Morgan, Paris
Adam L-479; Hind.469.15-19; Brunet.III.982; Mortimer Italian 255; Sander 3914; B.XXV.68.72; Hind, p. 65; Hind V.159-171.