PSEUDO-LEONARDUS BRUNUS ARETINUS, AQUILA VOLANTE

Naples, printed by Ayolfus de Cantono, 1492, 11 x 7 3/4 in. (27.9 x 19.7 cm), Don. d. 104, title page

This work in Italian is a synthesis of world history viewed as if by an "aquila volante," an eagle in flight. It is full of quotations from Dante’s "Divine Comedy," fabulous and fantastic stories, medieval legends, and prophecies. The printer of the Holkham Hebrew Bible used the woodcut border seen here for his own title page, but reversed it to accommodate the right-to-left direction of Hebrew.



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