Paris, J.Borel 1565.
8vo. [iix], 70, , [1 blank] leaves.
Contemporary limp vellum (soiled, small lacunae on spine), old title label (perished), evidence of four pigskin ties.
First Edition: Pithou’s first book. In these forty essays, the scholar, lawyer and book collector explores ambiguities in ancient and medieval texts. He offers context from contemporary and later sources and presents variant readings leading to corrections and emendations. He discusses Druids, law, religious rites, medicine, oaths, parts and figures of speech and Roman theater.
Pithou used manuscripts in his own library — such as his Petronius, which he touts as more accurate than any printed edition — and from others, like Étienne Charpin’s Ausonius. Pithou also drew on his father’s collection of epigraphs. One of the dedicatees, jurist Antoine Loysel (1536-1617) later saved Pithou’s life. The other is Lyonese printer Claude Senneton (d. 1570). In original condition, early 18th-century inscription on the front pastedown.
¶Haag, La France protestante IX: 255-57; Cioranesco 17652; see Sandys’ A History of Classical Scholarship II: 192.