6013. Perottus Rudimenta grammatices c. 1485

PEROTTUS, NICOLAUS. Nicolai Perotti ad Pyrrhvm Perrotvm nepotem ex fratres svaissimo rvdimenta grammatices... No place or date (probably Milano about 1485).

Large 4to (307x210 mm.). 93 (of 94 leaves, lacks last blank; signed (a1-8)b1-8-l1-8m1-6 (lacks m6 blank).
40 lines. Some initials in red or blue.
New soft vellum. First 11 leaves mended in lower outer part or corner, of which leaves signed (a2-5) with loss of text. Leaves signed (a2-3) with large staining. First leaf with old (contemporary) annotation in Latin.

Niccolò Perotti, also Perotto or Nicolaus Perottus (1429 - 1480) was an Italian humanist and author of one of the first modern Latin school grammars.
This Latin school grammar, Rudimenta Grammatices (printed by Pannartz and Sweynheim in 1473), one of the earliest and most popular Renaissance Latin grammars, attempted to exclude many words and constructions of medieval, rather than classical, origin. It became a bestseller of its day, going through 117 printings and selling 59,000 copies in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the Low Countries by the end of the century. (Wikipedia).

From the library of Sven Höglind.