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A Classic in The Study of Greek Dance

GIRONI, Robustiano
Le danze dei Greci descritte e pubblicate pel faustissimo imeneo di Sua Altezza Imperiale e Reale il Serenissimo Principe Ranieri Arciduca d’Austria, ecc. ecc. ecc. e Viceré del Regno Lombardo-Veneto con Sua Altezza Serenissima la Principessa Elisabetta di Savoia-Carignano, ecc. ecc.,

Milan: dall’Imperiale Regia Stamperia, 1820

Folio, 4 leaves, 68 pages, with 6 engraved plates with contemporary coloring.

$6,800.00

THE RARE, SOLE EDITION of this landmark in the history of illustration, typography, and the historical study of dance. The book was published in an edition of only 80 copies on the occasion of the marriage between the Archduke Ranieri of Habsburg, Viceroy of the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom, and the Princess Elisabetta of Savoy-Carignano.

Robustiano Gironi (1769-1838) was a man of letters and a public official of the Milanese State under both Napoleonic and Austrian rule.

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References: Blackmer 693; Lipperheide 185; Magriel, Bibliography of Dancing, p. 81; G.G. Fagioli Vercellone, s.v. ‘Gironi, Robustiano’, DBI 56 (2001); G. Pucci, Per un’archeologia del gesto: la reinvenzione moderna della danza antica, «Classico Contemporaneo» 2 (2016), 25-40; Encyclopedia.com, s.v. ‘Neoclassicism’.

With a Rare Bibliography of Chess

Rocco, Benedetto (fl. 1783-1816); Cancellieri, Francesco (1751-1826)
Dissertazione del ch. signore d. Benedetto Rocco napoletano sul giuoco degli scacchi.

Rome: Francesco Bourliè, 1817

Large Duodecimo: 18.5 x 11 cm. 58, [2] pp. A-B12, C6

$4,500.00

A rare and important chess book comprising the Neapolitan chess player Benedetto Rocco’s “Dissertazione sul Giuoco degli Scacchi agli oziosi”(p. 7-26) and the Abbé Francesco Cancellieri’s important bio-bibliographical catalogue of chess players and their books, "Biblioteca ragionata degli scrittori del givoco degli scacchi" (p. 27-58). Rocco's "Dissertazione" was first published in the “Giornale enciclopedico” (1783).

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Fumagalli 1846; Walker “Bibliographical Catalogue of Printed Books and Writers on Chess” p. 282

The Scandalous Life of Elizabeth Chudleigh

Chudleigh, Elizabeth (c. 1720-1788)
An Authentic Detail of Particulars relative to the Late Duchess of Kingston.

London: Printed for G. Kearsley, at Johnson’s Head, No. 46, Fleet-Street, 1788

Octavo: 21 x 13 cm. pp. [ii], ii, 178, [18]. Collation: [A]2, B-Z4, A1. With an added engraved frontispiece of the Duchess, with breasts exposed "as she appeared at the Venetian Ambassador

$3,800.00

Duchess of Kingston, granddaughter of the poet Mary Chudleigh (1656-1710), from whom “she seemed to have inherited no notable literary tastes or talents”(Rizzo) Elizabeth was notorious for her sexual escapades, daring, and profligacy. She studiously cultivated this image, referring to herself (in the third person) thus: “She was both wasteful and penurious; the most enormous sums were expended to gratify her love of display, at the same time that she refused to incur some trifling necessary expense in her household….

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ESTC T92902

Instruction for Children With Illustrated Fables - No copy in ESTC

Gignoux, John; Entick, John
The Child’s Best Instructor in Spelling and Reading. In which the Division of Syllables is taught in such a natural Way, that the Learner may soon attain to a correct and true Pronunciation of Words … By John Entick, M.A. Author of the New Spelling Dictionary. A new Edition, being the ninth, carefully revised, corrected, altered, and enlarged.

London: Printed for B. Law … and C. Dilly, 1788

Octavo: pp. [2], 2, 164.

$4,500.00

A very rare and attractive reading and spelling primer for young children, with syllabaries and reading exercises followed by twelve illustrated fables (pp. 133-144), a history of British monarchs, and some moral verses.

The first edition of Gignoux’s Instructor was published in 1757 (not in ESTC, but two copies recorded by Alston); the next extant edition is the ‘fifth’ of 1769 (1 copy known), which added a grammar by John Entick and was evidently revised by him.

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Not in ESTC. Alston IV, 682, lists a single copy, at the Bibliothèque nationale.

Zanotti, Eustachio (1709-1782)
Ephemerides motuum caelestium ex anno 1775 in annum 1786 ad meridianum Bononiae es Halleii tabulis supputatae.

Bologna: Ex typ. Lælii a Vulpe Instituti scientiarum impressoris, 1774

Quarto: 26.5 x 20 cm. VII, 384. With an engraved frontispiece, engraved title vignette, and 3 folding engraved plates.

$2,800.00

In 1750 Zanotti produced a volume covering 1751-1762. In 1762 he published another volume for the years 1763-1774. This volume, for 1775-1786 was the last published in Zanotti’s lifetime. In 1786, his successor at the observatory, Petronio Mateucci, published a final volume for 1787-1798.

Like the astronomer Eustachio Manfredi, his godfather, Zanotti belonged to a prominent family distinguished in the arts, letters, and sciences.

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Houzeau-L. 15537; Riccardi I/2, 655, 34; DSB XIV, 589

A Fantastic Florentine Spectacle: The Victory of the Persian Warrior-Queen Tomyris over Cyrus the Great of Persia

FESTIVALS.
LA VITTORIA DI TOMIRI REGINA DEI MASSAGETI riportata sopra di Ciro primo re di Persia battaglia da rappresentarsi in Firenze sulla piazza di S. Croce da un numero di circa 600. giovani cittadini in aggiunta alle grandiose feste solite farsi in questa città per la Natività del gloriosissimo protettore S. Giovanni Battista nel corrente anno 1772.

Florence: nella stamp. di S.A.R. per Gaetano Cambiagi, 1772

Quarto: 24 p. With a folding engraved plate.

$5,400.00

Extremely rare: Only 2 copies worldwide recorded outside of Italy, neither of them in North America.

A description of a spectacle staged at Florence in June and July 1772, on the occasion of the feast of Saint John the Baptist, the city's patron saint. The main event took the form of a mock battle in Piazza S. Croce with allegorical floats, horses, camels, and two armies made up of over 600 men in costumes designed by Francesco Mainero.

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Moreni I, p. 377

The Monuments of Ancient Rome Engraved by Piranesi’s Collaborator & Rival

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762)
Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne. Ou Recueíl Des Plus Beaux Morceaux de L'Antiquité Romaine Qui Existent Encore: Dessinés Par Monsieur Barbault Peintre Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravés, en 128 Planches Avec Leur Explication.

Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires François rüe du Cours près de Saint Marcel, de l 1761

Large Folio: 51 x 35.5 cm. VIII, 90 pp. Collation: [π]1, [a]-[c]1, A-Z, Aa-Yy1. With 73 added plates. Complete.

$16,000.00

The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the “Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna” and for whose “Antichità Romane” he contributed figures for 14 plates “thus becoming one of the few official collaborators” of Piranesi. Barbault’s own views appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi.

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La Cicognara 3593; Fowler 37; Millard IV, no. 13; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 184

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 Foundation of a Library of California”. A Jesuit Natural history of California. With the Kino Map

Venegas, Miguel, S.J. (1680-1764)
Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an accurate description of that Country, Its Soil, Mountains, Harbours, Lakes, Rivers, and Seas; Its Animals, Vegetables, Minerals, and Famous Fishery for Pearls. The Customs of the Inhabitants, Their Religion, Government, and Manner of Living Before Their Conversion the Christian Religion by the missionary Jesuits : together with accounts of the several voyages and attempts made for settling California and taking actual surveys of that country, its gulf, and coast of the South-sea : illustrated with copper plates, and an accurate map of the country and the adjacent seas / tr. from the original Spanish of Miguel Venegas, a Mexican Jesuit, published at Madrid 1758

London: For James Rivington and James Fletcher, 1759

Two large octavo volumes: [20], 455; [8], 387. I. A8, a2, B-Z8, Aa-Ff8, Gg4 II. A4, B-Z8, Aa-Bb8, Cc2. With four added engraved plates and a large folding map.

$4,200.00

This English translation preceded the French and German translations. Considered by Cowan to be "the foundation of a library of California," this work is the most extensive account of Lower California of its period. It was presumably published in part to counteract anti-Jesuit statements that had appeared in accounts of George Anson's voyage in the Pacific (1740-1744). Venegas was for many years a Jesuit missionary among the Indians of Mexico and California and his account of the Jesuit Missions in California ("The Reduction of California by the Jesuits, and their transactions to the present time") occupies more than half of the text of both volumes (more than 450 pages).

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Sommervogel VIII, col 559; Cowan, p. 658. Graff 4471. Hill, p. 307.

An Eclipse produces a Wondrous Egg

ECLIPSES. CURIOSITIES. Rovida, Sebastiano
Figura e Descrizione d’ un Uovo Mirabile, che ha l’ Effigie dell’ Eclissi del Sole Naturalmente improntata su la Superficie des Guscio.

Milan: Appresso Giuseppe Marelli, 1748

Quarto: 24.5 x 18.7 cm. [16] pp.

$3,900.00

A bizarre account of an egg, laid in Borgosesia, diocese of Novara, during a solar eclipse. The author, Sebastiano Rovida, a Novarese "doctor of philosophy and medicine", gives a detailed description of the egg and analyzes the possible causes of this small wonder.

He writes, "During the solar eclipse of July 25, 1748, a chicken laid an egg that had an image of the eclipse upon its shell.

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The Catalogue of Fruit Trees Cultivated at the Carthusian Monastery of Chartreux in Paris - Bound with another rare French Pomological Work

POMOLOGY. GARDENS. BOTANY.
Catalogue des plus excellens fruits, les plus rares & les plus estimés, qui se cultivent dans les pépinières des révérends pères chartreux de Paris. Avec leurs descriptions, & le tems le plus ordinaire de leur maturité.

Paris: Jean-Baptiste Delespine, 1736

Duodecimo: 14 x 7.8 cm. 40 pp.

$3,800.00

The Carthusians were invited to Paris by Saint Louis who offered them the castle of Vauvert in 1258. The monks, who were never more than 32, were at the head of a vast area of 23 hectares, famous for its gardens. They were driven out in 1792. The Charterhouse became an armaments factory and was then demolished. This catalog describes the various varieties of peaches (cerises, Malte, Belle-Garde or gallande .

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The Possibility of Life on Other Planets. Huygens’ “Cosmotheoros” in English

Huygens, Christiaan (1629-1695)
The Celestial Worlds Discover'd: Or, Conjectures Concerning the Inhabitants, Plants and Productions of the Worlds in the Planets. Written in Latin by Christianvs Hvygens, and inscrib'd to his brother Constantine Hvygens, Late Secretary to his Majesty King William. The Second Edition, corrected and enlarged.

London: Printed for James Knapton, at the Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1722

Octavo: 17.1 x 10.5 cm. vi, 162 pp. A-K8, L4. + five folding plates.

$6,500.00

This English edition of Huygens' posthumously published "Cosmotheoros" was first printed in the same year of the first Latin edition. In a letter dated January 9th, 1695, Huygens informed his brother, Constantijn, that he had finished the work. In that same year, Huygens died. In his will, he requested that his brother see that the work be published. In 1697, Constantijn too passed away before the printing was completed.

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ESTC T53996; Honeyman Catalogue, Part IV, 1732 (1698 ed.); cf. Lalande p. 334; Weidler p. 502; Grassi p. 357

Besler’s Wunderkammer. Illustrated with 34 Engraved plates

NATURAL HISTORY. Besler, Michael Rupert (1607-1661); Besler, Basilius (1561-1629)
Gazophylacium Rerum Naturalium e regno vegetabili, animali et minerali depromptarum, nunquam hactenus in Lucem editarum, cum figuris aeneis ad vivum incisis.

Leipzig and Frankfurt: Johann Herbort Kloss, 1716

Folio: 38.6 x 26.4 cm. 2 unsigned leaves (title page and index leaf), 34 engraved plates numbered 2 to 35. Complete.

$17,500.00

“A Treasury of Natural Things from the Vegetable, Animal, and Mineral Kingdoms”:

Basilius Besler (1561-1629), compiler of the celebrated Hortus Eystettensis, 1613, was a Nuremberg apothecary, one of the most important botanists of his time, and a leading citizen of Nuremberg. Inspired by the gabinetti of Italian collectors, Besler was the first German to assemble a natural history Wunderkammer.

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Cobres, Deliciæ Cobresianæ, p. 102 no. 10; Nissen ZBI, 346; Pritzel No. 747; Hunt No 238 (1642 edition)

The Single most Valuable contribution to Wunderkammer Studies. The Complete 3 Volume Edition

Valentini, Michael Bernhard (1657-1729)
Museum Museorum, oder vollständige Schau-Bühne aller Materialien und Specereyen, nebst deren natürlichen Beschreibung. Aus andern Material-Kunst- und Naturalien-Kammern, Oost- und West-Indischen Reiss-Beschreibungen.

Frankfurt: heirs of Johann David Zunner and Johann Adam Jungen, 1714

Folio: 3 volumes in one. 38.5 x 24 cm. With two engraved titles, 95 engraved plates, of which many double-page, 287 engravings, and 5 woodcuts in text. Collation: Vol. I: π1 (half-title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )(4; ) () (2, )( )( )(2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ttt4, **2, A-I4, K2, π2, (A)-(P)4. Vol. II: π1 (half title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )()( 6, A-Z4, Aa4, Bb2, a-o4, p2. Vol. III: π4, [A]-[Z]4, [Aa]-{Ff]4, [Gg]2, *4, **2, a6.

$28,000.00

A complete three-volume copy of Valentini’s “Museum of museums”, a comprehensive survey of European Wunder- kunst- und Schatzkammern. “Valentini was the personal physician to the Margrave of Assia and professor of experimental science and medicine at Giessen. His 'Museum Museorum' is the single most valuable contribution to Wunderkammer studies as it reprints many early collection catalogues [many of which are completely unobtainable now] and gives a list of all the museums known to exist at the time (some 159).

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Cobres I p. 106 n. 9; Eales 1259; Ferguson II pp.493-95; Nissen BBI 2035 and ZBI 4217; Alden 714/146.

A Monstrous Birth - With an Account of the First Successful Separation of Conjoined Twins

MONSTERS. DEFORMITIES. Nuvoletti, Jacopo Pellegrino
Lettera Scritta all'illustrissimo, e reverendissimo Monsignore Ridolfo de' Contidi Montevecchio, Sopra d’ un Parto Mostruoso Nata del Territorio di Saltara Contada di Fano il di Primo Agosto M.DCC.XIII.

Fano: Per Benardino Vigolini, 1714

Quarto: 2.03 x 15 cm. [8], 47 pp. Collation: π4, A-F4. Plus folding plate.

$5,500.00

A fascinating account of conjoined twins born on August 1st 1713 in Castello di Saltara in Le Marche, Italy. The twins, who were attached to each other below the chest, died on November 11th of the same year.

The plate, which shows the boys, Francesco and Domenico, from two angles, is based on the observations of Jacopo Contini, a local doctor.

The treatise is divided into three parts: 1.

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The First Edition of Anne Finch’s Poems

Winchilsea, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of (1661-1720)
Miscellany Poems, on Several Occasions. Written by a Lady. [with: “Aristomenes: or, the royal shepherd. A tragedy”]

London: Printed for J.B. and sold by Benj. Tooke at the Middle-Temple-Gate, William Taylor in Pater-Noster-Row, and James Round in Exchange-Alley, Cornhill, 1713

Large octavo: 19 x 12 cm. [8], 390 pp. A4, B-Z8, Aa-Bb8, Cc4 (lacking the final blank) Leaves E8, G1 and G3 are cancels.

$8,500.00

Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, was one of the few women of her period to pursue a career as a poet, one of the earliest published women poets, and “one of the best English women poets before the nineteenth-century” (McGovern). This collection of Finch’s work, consisting of eighty-six poems and her second tragedy, is the only collection of her poetry to be printed prior to the 20th century.

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Foxon, F-140; Hayward 151; Rothschild 2585; Williams, Points, p. 72; Lowndes IV, 2949; Graesse VI, 460-61

A Fine Large-Paper Copy of the First Edition

Vergil (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70-19 B.C.); Dryden, John (1631-1700)
THE WORKS OF VIRGIL: Containing His PASTORALS , GEORGICS, AND ÆNEIS. Translated into English Verse; By Mr. Dryden. Adorn’d with a Hundred Sculptures.

London: Printed for Jacob Tonson 1697

Folio: 44.6 x 28.7 cm. [ ]2, A2, *4, **4, ***2, ****2, *****2, †2, ††2 x1, B-G4, [¶]4, [¶¶]2, H-T4, U2; (a)-(f)4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Ffff4, Gggg2, Hhhh-Iiii4, Kkkk2.

$20,000.00

“Dryden’s translation of Vergil” says Pope, (whose own translation of Homer was inspired by Dryden’s work) “is the most noble and spirited translation I know in any language.”

“The book was published by subscription, a system of joint-stock patronage now coming into vogue. Dryden’s correspondence with [his publisher] Tonson showed a good many bickerings during the publication.

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Wing V-616; Macdonald 33A; Wither to Prior #325; Malone I.1.313; See John Barnard “The Large- and Small-Paper Copies of Dryden’s The Works of Virgil (1697)” in “Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America” {Columbia, SC} 92, no. 3 (1998 Sept): p. 259-71.

The Illustrated Catalogue of the Natural History

Jacobaeus, Oliger (1650-1701)
Muséum Regium Seu Catalogus Rerum tam naturalium, quàm artificialium, Quæ In Baslilica Bibliothecæ Augustissimi Daniæ Norvegiæq; Monarchæ Christiani Qvinti Hafniæ asservantur, Descriptus Ab Oligero Jacobæo, Me. & Phil. Prof. Regio.

Copenhagen: Joachim Schmetgen, 1696

Folio: 35 x 23 cm. )(4 [includes the engraved frontispiece], )(4, A-Z4, Aa-Bb4, Cc-Dd2. With 37 added engraved plates.

$16,000.00

The Royal Danish Kunstkammer was founded by King Frederick III in 1650 and was continued by his son, Christian V (1646-1699), to whom this book is dedicated. The Kunstkammer existed until 1825 when its collections were dispersed among the many specialized museums created around that time. This catalogue is an invaluable illustrated record of the collections as they stood in the 17th century. The author, the comparative anatomist Oliger Jacobaeus taught philosophy, history, geography and medicine at Copenhagen.

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Balsinger p.141 and 279-80; Brunet III, p. 479; Murray, II, p. 190; Nissen ZBI, 2081; Ward & Carozzi, 1676; Wilson, The History of Mineral Collecting, p. 209, only citing 18 plates. See: “Det Kongelige danske Kunstkammer 1737 = The Royal Danish Kunstkammer 1737”, Bente Gundestrup (Copenhagen: 1991)

The Libertine

Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, John (1648-80)
Poems, (&c.) on Several Occasions: with Valentinian: a Tragedy. Written by the Right Honourable John late Earl of Rochester.

London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge’s Head, Near the Inner-Temple Gate in Fleetstreet, 1696

Octavo: 19.2 x 11.5 cm. [10], xv, [7], 208, ‘177’-’224’ (i.e. 256) pp. Collation: A8, a8, B-R8

$6,000.00

“During Rochester’s lifetime only a few of his writings were printed as broadsides or in miscellanies, but many of his works were known widely from manuscript copies, a considerable number of which seem to have existed… In February of 1690/91, Jacob Tonson, the most reputable publisher of the day, produced a volume entitled ‘Poems On Several Occasions.’ The appearance of the author’s name and title on the title page is significant.

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Wing 1757; Prinz XIV; Wither to Prior #987; O’Donnell A 16 (Prologue), BB 4.1c. Woodward & McManaway 1302

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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Wing E 3415; Schweiger p. 115, col 2

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