Some people love money, some people love rock and roll, others it's ice cream, chocolate is often thought of amorously--or at least for a good fondling. Hmmm. I'm pretty fond of all those, but there's a special place in my heart for books. (Just a little for books, and all the rest is for Alice). Old books. I have some oldies.
Here's the colophon and the first page of a Latin translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, printed in the wonderful city of Venice on June 25th, 1516. We're talking a handful of years after Christopher Columbus set sail...uh...across the ocean blue. This one's the oldest book on my shelves. Printer's mark: The circle with a double cross with the letters O.S.M, the initials of Octavianus Scotus Modoetiensis--Ottaviano Scoto of Monza.
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