Basileae: Thomam Guarinum, 1581. Three volumes in one; folio (34.5cm.); contemporary vellum-backed marbled paper-covered boards, manuscript spine in six compartments; pp.;1200 columns; pp. [):(4 a-q6 r4 s-z6 A-2M6]; woodcut initials, head and tail pieces. Ex-St. Charles Borromeo Seminary with their mid-20th century markings throughout, spine cracked along hinges and compartments, boards scuffed with some exposure, place of publication heavily redacted on title page, occasional contemporary marginalia, else Good to Very Good, internally near fine with some occasional browning to stock.
Posthumously published edition of Adversaria by the French classical scholar and humanist Adrianus Turnebus (1512-1565), who greatly influenced such luminaries as Jacques Sirmond, Denys Lambin, and many others, though he was also described by his contemporary Michel de Montaigne as a tiresome pedant (cf. John Jefferson Humphries, "The Self-Devouring Self," "SubStance," Vol. 11, no. 1, 1982, p. 62). Indeed, Turnebus famously spent several hours studying every day, including his wedding day (Catholic Encylcopedia).