Tragoediae Omnes, Nunc Primum Latinae ad uerbum factae. SOPHOCLES. c. 496 - c. 406. B. C.
COSIMO’S PLAY BOOK

Tragoediae Omnes, Nunc Primum Latinae ad uerbum factae.

Venice, G.B. Pocatela (= J. de Burgofranco) 1543.

8vo. 187, [1] leaves. Pocatela devices on the title and final verso.

CONTEMPORARY LIMP VELLUM, GILT ARMS OF DUKE COSIMO DE’ MEDICI, gilt-ruled panels and corner fleurons, flat spine gilt (rubbed), manuscript title, all edges gilt.

Only Edition: THE FIRST PRINTED TRANSLATION OF THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SOPHOCLES INTO ANY LANGUAGE. This is translator G.B. Gabia’s first success. He (d. 1590) subsequently put other Greek writers into Latin, paraphrased the Psalms and rendered the Gregorian Calendar in Greek. Active 1539-1543, Pocatela issued seven books — his well edited and textually correct Greek and Latin classics “imitating the approach of the Manuzio” (Tinazzo, tr.). Cosimo (1519-74) governed Florence and had just turned 24, when this book was published. In excellent condition.
¶Tinazzo, Il tipografo-editore Iacopo Pocatela 123; Hoffmann, Bibliographisches Lexicon der…Litteratur der Griechen III: 424; EDIT16 CNCE 26887.

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