Livy. Ab urbe condita.Paris, 1516.

Livy. Ab urbe condita.Paris, 1516.

Ab Urbe Condita Libri is a history of Rome from earliest legend, well before the traditional foundation in 753 BC, to the reign of Augustus in Livy's own time (Titus Livius, 59 BC – AD 17). This edition is from the press of Jodocus Badius (1462-1535) a pioneer of the printing industry. Badius received scholarly training in Italy before joining the Trechsel printing firm in Lyon in the early 1490s, where he was responsible for editing humanist and church texts. He moved to Paris at the end of the decade, where he received financial backing from the wealthy publisher, Jean Petit. Badius built his reputation as a publisher of annotated editions of Greek and Latin authors, as well as such humanist writers as Lorenzo Valla (1406-1457), and his printing house served as a gathering point for the leading French humanists. Aside from his scholarly accomplishments, Badius is known for his printer's device, one of the earliest illustrations of the printing process. The device shows Badius with his assistant.