Rome: Antonio de Rossi, 1696. Two volumes. xl,,410; ,286,pp. Half titles. Folio. Contemporary limp vellum, spine titles in ink. Occasional tanning; marginal dampstaining and tanning throughout the second volume, monastic ownership inscription on half titles. Very good. Item #WRCAM54571
First edition of a bibliography of Spanish authors to the year 1500, following Antonio's 1672 BIBLIOTHECA HISPANA NOVA on later authors. Cited by Besterman as "not merely the biggest but the best national bibliography before the eighteenth century." According to Breslauer & Folter, Antonio "was perhaps the first scholar to devote himself full-time to bibliography." PALAU 13310. BESTERMAN, THE BEGINNINGS OF SYSTEMATIC BIBLIOGRAPHY, pp.44-45.