Item #11274 [Greek title:] Ex Ctesias, Agatharchide, Memmone excerptæ historiæ. Appiani Iberian. Item, De gestis Annibalis. Ctesias of Cnidos.
“THE GEOGRAPHICAL AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL FANTASIST” — FREEMAN

[Greek title:] Ex Ctesias, Agatharchide, Memmone excerptæ historiæ. Appiani Iberian. Item, De gestis Annibalis.

[Geneva], Henri II Estienne 1557.

8vo (166 x 104 mm.). [xvi], 248p. Greek type (roman for prelims. and emendations), guide letters, a woodcut Estienne title device (Renouard 294; Schreiber 12).

Vellum over flexible boards, flat spine.

Editio Princeps of the Fragments of the Greek historians and geographers, comprising Ctesias of Cnidos (5th century B.C.), who wrote about Persia, India (the first separate work on that part of the world), and geography; Agatharchides (2d century B.C.), whose fragments deal with Ethiopians, Arabians, elephant-hunts, the Nile, gold-mining in Egypt, the Red Sea, etc.; Memnon (1st century A.D.), the chronicler of the history of the city of Rome” (Schreiber).
            While in Italy, Henri II discovered two previously unknown fragments of Appian’s Roman History, his Wars in Spain and Hannibalic Wars. They too are printed here for the first time. They occupy the second half of the volume and benefit from thirty pages of notes by the printer.
            Arthur Freeman places Ctesias first in the great tradition of “travel liars” for his Indica, with its account of two-headed blue-skinned men from the trans-Ganges and similar elements in his report on Persia. In good condition.
¶Renouard, Annales de l’imprimerie des Estienne 117,6; Schreiber, The Estiennes 146; Chaix-Dufour-Moeckli, Les Livres imprimés à Genève 31; Hoffmann, Bibliographisches Lexicon der…Griechen (1838-45) I: 482 (Ctesias) & I: 104 (Agatharchides) & II: 590 (Memnon) & I: 215 (Appian); Freeman, Bibliotheca fictiva pp. 3 & 8 & no. 5.

Item #11274

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