Bucolica. Johannes Oporinus, pr. 1546.
After the death of Froben, a new printer rose to prominence among Basel's many fine printers: Oporinus, who distinguished himself with excellent editions of Greek and Latin classics and the writings of Luther. His style is characterized by pages set in even Roman type, with neat running heads and page numbers, and marginal notes in a small, fluent Italic. He typically punctuated his pages with rather playful square initials such as the one shown below, often showing putti engaged in various activities.[AHB] This book is a collection of classical Latin poetry dealing with a sylvan theme. Bound in exquisitely tooled leather, the cover depicts the coat-of-arms of the city of Basel.
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