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Aldrovandi’s Natural History of Monsters. The First Treatise on Teratology. Bound in Contemporary Pigskin With Clasps

Aldrovandi, Ulisse (1522-1605); Ambrosini, Bartolomeo (1588-1657)
Monstrorum historia cum Paralipomenis historiae omnium animalium.

Bologna: Typis Nicolai Tebaldini, 1642

Large Folio: 35 x 24.5 cm. Two volumes in one: I. †4 (including engraved t.p.), A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Ppp6, Qqq8, Rrr6, Sss8; II. A-O6 (final signature O has 5 leaves, as in all copies examined. See note at end of description.)

$25,000.00

Aldrovandi’s “Monstrorum historia” was the first treatise on teratology, the study of deformities and monsters. The subjects are drawn from across the spectrum of living creatures: animal (humans, other mammals, fishes, insects) and botanical. Aldrovandi also considers celestial monstra, including such portents as comets. There are also descriptions and images of Native Americans “from the island of Florida” and West Indian “cannibals”, as well as the mythical blemmyae or “headless men”, rumored to live in Africa, the West Indies, and other remote parts of the world.

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NISSEN ZBI 74.R. As regards the 5-leaf final signature O in the “Paralipomena”, I have left the quire as “O6” in my collation since it is unclear if there was a cancelland leaf O5, or if final O6 was a blank. Either way, the final quire is consistent with all copies examined.

Canadian Native Americans as victims & perpetrators of violence

AMERICAS. CANADA. Bressani, Francesco Giuseppe (1612-1672)
Breve Relatione d’Alcune Missioni de’ PP. della Compagnia di Giesù nella Nuova Francia.

Macerata: Heirs of Agostino Grisei, 1653

Quarto: 21.5 x 15.5 cm. [4], 8 pp., 9-10 ll., 11-127, [1] pp. Collation: π2 A4 B4 (±B1.2) C-Q4

$15,000.00

FIRST EDITION of one of the most important eyewitness accounts of 17th-century Canada devoted primarily to the Huron Indians, but also with accounts of other groups, including the Jesuit author’s captivity and mutilation under the Iroquois. He also devotes 25 pages to a 1643 letter written by his Jesuit colleague Isaac Jogues (1607-1646), who was killed by the Mohawks.

Bressani (1612-1672), an Italian Jesuit, travelled to Canada as a missionary in 1642.

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Alden & Landis 653/15; De Backer & Sommervogel II, col. 133; Walter, Jesuit relations, 43; Church 524; James Ford Bell Lib. B-407; JCB II, p. 428; Lande, Canadiana 57; McCoy, Jesuit relations 82; Sabin 7734; not in Eberstadt; Streeter.

“Nudi, Recti, Venusti” -Cicero

Caesar, Gaius Iulius (100-44 B.C.)
C. Iulii Caesaris Rerum ab se gestarum commentarii. De bello Gallico libri VIII. De bello civili Pompeiano libri III. De bello Alexandrino liber I. De bello Africo liber I. De bello Hispaniensi liber I. Ex vetustiss. scriptis codicibus emendatiores. [Bound with:] Eutropius: Epitome belli Gallici ex Suetonii Tranqulli monumentis.

Paris: ex officina Rob. Stephani, 1544

Octavo: 17 x 11 cm. (32), 523, (1, blank), (108) pp. Collation: I. *8, **8 (**4 and 5 are conjugates that form the folded map of Spain), a-z8, A-Q8, R4. II. 134, (16) pp. Collation: A-I8, K4

$4,500.00

This edition of Caesar includes the texts of the “Gallic Wars” and “Civil War”, together with the "De bello Alexandrino", "De bello Africano", and "De bello Hispaniense", ascribed to Aulus Hirtius. This edition also includes Raimundo Marliano’s useful index of the topography of Gaul in Roman times.

Admired for their style (most famously by Cicero) and read by both his supporters and detractors alike in antiquity, Caesar’s Commentarii fell into obscurity in the Middle Ages.

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Schreiber, The Estiennes, no. 72 and 73; Renouard 61.15; Adams C-38 and E 1133

Describing Seven Private Collections of Paintings & Sculpture

Carboni, Giovanni Battista (1725-1790)
Le pitture e sculture di Brescia che sono esposte al pubblico : con un'appendice di alcune private gallerie.

Brescia: Dalle stampe di Giambatista Bossini, 1760

Large octavo: Engraved frontis., xxiv-196 p., [1] f Collation: a8, A-M10

$3,200.00

An important guide to the art of Brescia, written by G.B. Carboni, son of the sculptor and engraver Rizzado Carboni. The guide remains a fundamental work for reconstructing the history of Brescian public and private art collections.

Carboni describes all of the churches in the city as well as the artworks in the grand public buildings such as the municipal palazzo and the Biblioteca Queriniana.

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The First Edition to include Sappho’s poem “Phainetai moi kênos îsos theoisin” in Conjunction with Catullus 51

Catullus, Gaius Valerius (ca. 84-ca. 54 B.C); Muret, Marc Antoine (1526-1585), editor
Catullus et in eum Commentarius M. Antonii Mureti.

Venice: Apud Paulum Manutium, Aldi filium, 1554

Octavo: *4, A-Q8, R10

$3,800.00

"In 1552 Muret lectured on Catullus and other Latin poets in Paris, perhaps at the College du Cardinal Lemoine or the College de Boncourt. Included in his large and enthusiastic audiences were several poets of the Pléiade -most notably Ronsard, his friend and near contemporary. Muret's lectures created a fashion for Catullan poetry. His own neo-Latin collection, Juvenilia (1552), contains several Catullan imitations, but Catullus is still more important in the poetry of the Pléiade, much of which appeared close on the heels of his lectures.

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Renouard 162/19; Adams C-1145; Schweiger (Latin) Vol. I, p. 84

The Most Beautiful Astronomical Atlas of the 17th Century. A Fine Copy in Contemporary Color

Cellarius, Andreas (ca. 1596-1665)
Harmonia Macrocosmica seu Atlas Universalis et Novus, totius universi creati Cosmographiam Generalem, et Novam exhibens.

Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1661

53 x 33 cm. 364 pages. Collation: π1 (engraved t.p.), [?]7, (a)-(z)2, (aa)-(hh)2, (ii)1; A-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Iii2. Complete with the additional engraved title page, printed title page, and 29 double-page engraved plates.

$450,000.00

The first 21 plates constitute a historical survey of cosmological theories, illustrating the motions of the sun and planets according to Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho Brahe. The last eight plates are celestial hemispheres and planispheres depicting the constellations. Ten of the plates (9-11, 13, 15, 16, 18-21) are the work of Johannes van Loon (d. 1686). The allegorical title page is the work of Frederik Hendrik van den Hove (1628/29-1698).

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Bibliographical references: Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, I:801B; Ashworth Jr., William B., “Allegorical Astronomy: Baroque Scientists encoded their most Dangerous Opinions in Art”, The Sciences, 25, (1985), nr. 5, 34-37

The Ancient Cosmos - An Extremely Rare Leipzig Incunabulum With Contemporary Spanish Provenance

Cicero, Marcus Tullius (106-43 B.C.)
Cato maior, sive de senectute. Add: Laelius, sive de amicitia; Somnium Scipionis; Paradoxa Stoicorum; Hexasticha XII sapientum

Leipzig: Wolfgang Stöckel], about 1498

Quarto: 19.2 x 13.5 cm. [108] pp. (54 unnumbered leaves). Collation: aa-hh6, i6. Gothic type.

$12,500.00

This edition comprises four works by Cicero: Two dialogues "Cato Maior sive De Senectute" (On Old Age) and "Laelius sive De Amicitia" (On Friendship), the first composed a few months prior to Caesar’s murder, the second immediately after that event; the “Paradoxa Stoicorum” (Parodoxes of the Stoics), dedicated to Marcus Brutus, and the “Somnium Scipionis” (Scipio’s Dream), the only extant part of Cicero’s lost “De Republica.

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ISTC ic00625900; Not in BMC; Madsen 1203; Kind (Göttingen) 277; BSB-Ink C-297; GW 6990. ISTC HOLDINGS: Austria (1 copy): Wien, ÖNB (Ink 2.H.137: imperfect, wanting quires aa-cc). British Isles (1 copy): Edinburgh UL (New College); Denmark (1): Copenhagen RL. Germany (6 copies): Aschaffenburg HB, Bamberg SB, Göttingen SUB, Lüneburg RatsB, München BSB (imperfect), München UB. Italy and Vatican City (1 copy): Vaticano BAV (Stamp.Ross.381)

Writing & Teaching Poetry in 15th c. Poland. With a Fine woodcut of the Author and his Students

Corvinus, Laurentius [Korwin, Wawrzyniec](ca. 1465–1527)
Magistri Laure[n]tij Coruini Nouoforensis, viri lepidissimi Compendiosa et facilis diversorum carminum structura, cu(m) exemplis aptissimis ac ad ungue(m) elaboratis, et postremo brevibus cognoscendarum syllabarum preceptis.

Cologne: Per Martinu[m] de Werdena, 1508

Quarto: 20 x 14.5 cm. [44] pp.

$4,500.00

An early edition (1st 1496), and the only edition with the woodcut of the author instructing his students, of this work on writing poetry by the important Silesian poet Laurentius Corvinus (born Laurentius Rabe and known in Polish as Wawrzyniec Korwin), well-known to historians of science as the man who assisted Copernicus in his first publication, a Latin translation from the Greek of the letters of Theophylactus, for which Corvinus provided two poems, one of which mentions Copernicus’ interest in astronomy.

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VD 16, C 5453; IA 145.627; Estreicher XIV, 420; Goluszka-M. P 205 See: Jacqueline Glomski, “Poetry to Teach the Writing of Poetry”, in Poets and Teachers: Latin didactic poetry and the didactic authority of the Latin poet from the Renaissance to the present: (Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Symposium of the Cambridge Society for Neo-Latin Studies, Clare College, Cambridge, 9-11 September, 1996)/ Edited by Yasmin Haskell and Philip Hardie. Also, “Laurentius Corvinus and the Flowering of Central European Humanism”, Terminus ix (2007), pp. 49-74

Roasted Pigs in Bologna, Singing Asses in Peru, & Social Satire in 16th c. Cremona

CROCE, Giulio Cesare (1550-1609)
La vera historia della piacevoliss. festa della porchetta, che si fa ogn’anno in Bologna il giorno di S. Bartolomeo. Di Giulio Cesare dalla Croce. Agl’Illustrissimi Signori Confaloniero, et Anziani della città di Bologna.

Bologna: Heirs of Giovanni Rossi, 1599

Octavo: I: 44, (4 blank) pp.

$8,800.00

In Praise of Pork: The feast of the “porchetta”

I. FIRST EDITION of this poem in 119 ottave that describes the feast of the “porchetta” (roast pork) celebrated every year in Bologna. EXTREMELY RARE. No copies in North America.

Since the late 13th century the festival commemorated a famous episode of the town’s history occurred in 1281.

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“Queen Elizabeth’s Prayer Book”. With a Fine Dance of Death Sequence

DANCE OF DEATH. Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603); Day, Richard (b. 1552)
A Booke of Christian prayers, collected out of the ancient writers, and best learned in our time, worthy to be read with an earnest mind of all Christians, in these dangerous and troublesome daies, that God for Christes sake will yet still be mercifull vnto vs.

London: Printed by Richard Yardley, and Peter Short, for the assignes of Richard Day, 1590

Quarto: 18 x 13 cm. [8], 138, [2] leaves. Collation: [par]4, A-Y4, Aa-Oo4

$18,000.00

This remarkable book is illustrated throughout with fine woodcut illustrations set within decorative woodcut borders, derived from French books of hours, incorporating scenes from the Life of Christ, the Dance of Death, the Signs of Judgment, the Works of Mercy, the Five Senses, and the Procession of the Virtues & Vices. The title page features a woodcut border of the Tree of Jesse. The recto bears a full-paged portrait of Queen Elizabeth I.

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STC (2nd ed.), 6431

The First Aldine Dante

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Le terze rime di Dante.

Venice: Aldus Manutius, August 1502

Octavo: 15 x 9.1 cm. 244 unnumbered leaves. Collation: a-z8, A-G8, H4. Leaf l2 is a blank.

$16,000.00

This is the issue with the Aldine anchor and dolphin device on the final leaf. Quires a-c were also completely re-set, the present copy having the headline 'INFERNO' on a2r, and 'INF' in all the other leaves of these quires.

The edition – titled here simply “Le terze rime” – signals a linguistic restoration of the work and an important advance in the recovery of the original text.

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De Batines, I, pp. 60-62; Mambelli, 17; Renouard, p. 34, no. 5; Ahmanson-Murphy, 59; Dionisotti-Orlandi, “Aldo Manuzio editore”, no. XXX; Adams, D-83; Gamba, 385

Illustrated with 100 Woodcuts - In a Contemporary Italian Binding

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Opere del Divino Poeta Danthe con svoi Comenti : Recorrecti et con ogne diligentia novamente in littera cvrsiva impresse. In bibliotheca S. Bernardini. [With the commentary of Cristoforo Landino.]

Venice: Per Miser Bernardino Stagnino da Trino de monferra, 28 March, 1520

Quarto: [12], 441 leaves. Collation: AA12, a-z8, [et]8, aa-zz8, 2[et]8, [con]8, [rum]8, A-E8

$16,500.00

The book is illustrated with a full-paged woodcut of Dante with three scenes (1. wandering in the “selva oscura”, 2. beset by the lion, leopard and wolf, and 3. led by Vergil.) The poems are illustrated with 98 smaller woodcuts. In addition to the woodcuts that illustrate the text, there is a vignette of Adam & Eve, God, and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden that appears on the title page and again in the woodcut border on the first leaf of the Inferno.

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Adams D 90; Mambelli, Annali delle Edizioni Dantesche, no. 27; Colomb De Batines, Indice generale della Bibliografia dantesca I, 78; Sander, Le livre à figures italien, depuis 1467 jusqu’a 1530, 2325; Essling, Les livres à figures Vénitiens de la fin du xve siècle et du commencement du xvie, 529

The First Illustrated Aldine Dante

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Dante col sito, et forma dell’Inferno tratta dalla istessa descrittione del Poeta

Venice: nelle Case d’Aldo et d’Andrea de Asola, August 1515

Octavo: 15.7 x 9.2 cm. [2], 244, [4] leaves. Collation: π2, a-z8, A-H8. With blank leaf i2 present, lacking blank H7.

$15,000.00

The first Aldine Dante appeared in 1502, edited by Pietro Bembo. Aldus himself is believed to have prepared this second edition of Dante, which appeared shortly after his death in 1515. The volume opens with a dedicatory epistle by Andrea Torresani, Aldus’ partner and father-in-law, to the celebrated Vittoria Colonna (1490-1547).

The Illustrations:

The title page announces the inclusion of the new map (“the location, shape, and size”) of the Inferno.

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Renouard, p. 73, no. 8; Ahmanson-Murphy 136; Batines I, pp. 71-75; Mambelli 24; Adams D-88

The Most Complete 17th c. Edition

Donne, John (1573-1631).
Poems, &c. by John Donne, late Dean of St. Pauls. With elegies on the Author's Death. To which is added divers copies under his own hand, never before printed.

London: printed by T. N., for Henry Herringman, at the sign of the Anchor, in the lower-walk of the New-Exchange. 1669

Octavo: 16.5 x 10.3 cm. (6), 414 pp. Collation: A4 (A1 blank and present),B-Z, Aa-Dd8 (Dd8 blank and present)

$7,500.00

“The poetry of Donne represents a sharp break with that written by his predecessors and most of his contemporaries. Much Elizabethan verse is decorative and flowery in its quality. Its images adorn; its meter is mellifluous. Image harmonizes with image, and line swells almost predictably into line. Donne’s poetry, on the other hand, is written very largely in conceits— concentrated images that involve an element of dramatic contrast, of strain, or of intellectual difficulty.

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Keynes 84; Wing D1871; Grolier, Wither to Prior #291

Elizabeth Reluctantly Orders the Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

Elizabeth, I, Queen of England (1533-1603); Salisbury, Robert Cecil, Earl of (1563-1612); [Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1542-1587)]
The copie of a letter to the Right Honourable the Earle of Leycester, Lieutenant generall of all her Maiesties forces in the vnited Prouinces of the lowe Countreys, written before, but deliuered at his returne from thence: vvith a report of certeine petitions and declarations made to the Queenes Maiestie at two seuerall times, from all the lordes and commons lately assembled in Parliament. And her Maiesties answeres thereunto by her selfe deliuered, though not expressed by the reporter with such grace and life, as the same were vttered by her Maiestie.

London: By Christopher Barker, printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie, 1586

Quarto: 18.5 x 13 cm. [4], 3, [1], 4-32, [3] p. Collation: A-E4 (lacking blank leaf E4)

$6,500.00

A fascinating work, documenting the exchange between Parliament and Queen Elizabeth on the proposed execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. The volume opens with a letter to the Earl of Leicester dated November 25th, 1586 and signed R.C. (Robert Cecil) in which Cecil announces that he has transcribed “the speaches delivered by the Queene’s most excellent maiestie in a late and weightie cause dealt in this parliament” together with the “petitions presented to hir Maiestie the 12th and 24th of November at Richmond by the Lord Chauncelour and Speaker”.

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STC 6052; ESTC S109079

Elyot’s English Renaissance Masterpiece: The Conduct & Education of the English Prince & Courtier. The Boxbourne Library Copy

Elyot, Thomas, Sir (1490?-1546)
The boke named the Gouernour deuised by syr Thomas Elyot knight

London: Thomas Berthelet, 1544

Octavo: 14 x 10 cm. [8], 216 lvs. Collation: a8, A-Z8 a-d8

$12,000.00

Thomas Elyot, humanist and diplomat, composed three influential works during the reign of King Henry VIII: “The Boke named the Governour”(1531), a Latin-English “Dictionary”(1538) and the “Castel of Helth”(1539). Of these, it is the “Governour” that proved most influential and brought Elyot preferment at Henry’s court.

In September 1531 Elyot was named ambassador to the emperor Charles V and sent to the continent to “to sound out Charles regarding the king's divorce from Katherine of Aragon, who was the emperor's aunt” and to apprehend William Tyndale.

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ESTC S100426; cf. PMM 61; STC 7637

“My yoke is sweet and my burden light.” A Vernacular Translation of Erasmus’ Annotation on Mathew 11:29-30

Erasmus, Desiderius (ca.1466-1536)
Herr Erasmus von Ro||terdam/ verteutschte außlegung/|| über das/ go[e]ttlich tro[e]stlich wort || vnsers lieben Herrñ vnnd selig=||machers Christi/ Nement auff || euch mein Joch/ vnd ler=||nent von mir.

[Mainz: Johann Schöffer], 1521

Quarto: [8] pp. Collation: AA4

$5,200.00

A German translation of Erasmus’ annotation on Mathew 11:29 (taken from his “In Novum Testamentum annotationes”) in which Erasmus differentiates between the divine order and human positive law. He laments that people ignore the commands of God and follow human law instead: ‘Christ’s law is inviting and easy, but it becomes onerous and difficult through the addition of human prescriptions and dogmas.

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Bezzel 1228; VD16 E 3106

“The Antibarbarians”. Erasmus’ Defense of The Humanist Position

Erasmus, Desiderius (ca.1466-1536)
Antibarbarorum D. Erasmi Roterodami, liber unus, quem iuuenis quidem adhuc lusit: caeterum diu desideratum, demum repertum non innenis recognouit, & uelut postliminio studiosis restituit. Ex quo reliquorum, qui diis propitiis propediem accedent, lector coniecturam facias licebit.

Cologne: [Eucharius Cervicornus], 1520

Quarto: 18.2 x 13.5 cm. [104] pp. A-h4, I6, K-L4, M6, N4, O6 (lacking final blank)

$6,800.00

Printed in 1520, Erasmus’ “Antibarbarians” had a dual purpose. First, and as originally conceived, the book is a spirited defense of humanism, in particular the reading and study of classical literature and languages, against charges that such literature and pursuits are fundamentally un-Christian. At the same time, the book is also a defense of Erasmus’ theological positions and his application of humanist principles and philological methods to the study of religious texts.

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Bezzel 159; Bibl. Erasmiana I, 9; Bibl. Erasmiana II, 74; Bibl. Belgica, E 290; Mynors 31; VD16 E 1999

"Second only to Agricola in the number of original contributions to the literature of mining and metallurgy and the beauty of the graphic treatment of the crafts."(Dibner)

Ercker, Lazarus (ca. 1530-1594)
Aula Subterranea domina dominantium subdita subditorum, das ist, Untererdische Hofhaltung: ohne welche weder die Herren regiren, noch die Unterthanen gehorchen können : oder, Grundliche Beschreibung derjenigen Sachen so in der Tieffe der Erden wachsen, als aller Ertzen der königlichen und gemeinen Metallen…

Frankfurt: Johann David Zunner, 1684

Large Quarto: 22.5 x 19.5 cm. [1] leaf (engraved t.p.), [14], 220, 123, [5], 68 p. COLLATION: )(-)()(4A-Dd4Ee2(A)-(Q)4a-h4i2.

$6,800.00

"Ercker's treatise is the most authoritative contemporary work on 16th-century metallurgy and assaying. Ercker gave a systematic review of methods of testing alloys and minerals and of obtaining and refining various metals, as well as methods of manufacturing acids, salts and other chemical compounds, including saltpeter. He described the apparatus and laboratory equipment used in metallurgy and assaying and gave a detailed account of laboratory methods, all of which he himself had used.

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Hoover 284; Darmstaedter, Probierbüchlein p. 92; DSB IV, 394; Lipperheide 4

Barnes’ Euripides

Euripides (484-406 B.C.); Barnes, Joshua (1654-1712), editor.
Works in Greek. Euripidis quæ Extant Omnia: Tragoediæ nempe XX, præter ultimam, omnes completæ: item fragmenta aliarum plusquam LX tragœdiarum; et epistolæ V. Nunc primùm & ipsæ hùc adjectæ: scholia demùm doctorum virorum in septem priores tragœdias, ex diversis antiquis exemplaribus undiquaque collecta & concinnata ab Arsenio Monembasiæ Archiepiscopo. ... Operâ & studio Josuæ Barnes S.T.B. Emmanuelis Collegii apud Cantabrigienses Socii maximè senioris.

Cambridge: Ex officinâ Johan. Hayes, celeberrimæ Academiæ typographi. Impensis Richardi Green bibliopolæ Cantab., 1694

Folio: 32 x 20.5 cm. [8], lvi, 330; [2], 529, [43 ] p. Collation: a-g4, h2, (A)2, B-Z4, Aa-Tt4, Vv2, a-z4, aa-zz4, aaa-zzz4, aaaa-bbbb4, cccc2. With two added engraved portraits of Barnes and Euripides.

$2,500.00

“The merits of all preceding editions are eclipsed by this celebrated one of Joshua Barnes. Fabricius observes that ‘the text is accurately revised and printed, the metrical rules of Canter diligently corrected, and the entire ancient scholia on the first seven plays subjoined and enriched by excerpta from a manuscript in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The notes of various learned men, and those of Barnes accompany the scholia; the fragments of Euripides are carefully collected and displayed, with Greek and Latin notes as far as verse 2068; lastly, there are some epistles, attributed to Euripides.

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