APULEIUS, ‘Lucius’ [Lucii Appuleii platonici . . . Metamorphoseos liber: ac nonnulla alia opuscula eiusdem: necnon epitoma ALCINOI in disciplinarum [sic] Platonis.] Folio.  leaves (of 178, lacking first and final blanks). Roman letter with occasional Greek, 38 lines and running titles. Woodcut device on penultimate leaf. Final register leaf. Initials supplied (later, but in appropriate style) in red & blue, together with illuminated title-
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Vicenza, impræssa [sic] per Henricum de Sancto Vrso, 9th August 1488.
Apuleius (fl. c. 150–170 A.D.) was a well-
The works of Apuleius were first printed by Sweynheim and Pannartz of Rome in 1469 in an edition prepared by Giovanni Andrea Bussi, bishop of Aleria (1417–75). Gustav Hildebrand, in his exhaustive critical edition of Apuleius (1842), says that Bussi worked from good materials which have not survived, so that his work deserves to rank alongside the manuscripts as a primary source. The present edition, only the second to appear, is largely a reprint of the Roman text, with headings and running-
The printer Henricus de Sancto Urso (or Ursio), also surnamed Zenus, is recorded between 1480 and 1508. He may have been of Piedmontese descent, since the Irish missionary St. Ursus is practically unknown outside that area. In the Venetian tongue his name appears as Rigo di ca’ Zeno. He is sometimes designated librarius, a name which implies that he worked as a scribe before, or concurrently with, his involvement in printing. While neither a scholar nor a first-