Item #11275 Geographica quædam, Sive De Vita Graeciae. Eiusdem Descriptio Græcæ. Dicaearchus.
Geographica quædam, Sive De Vita Graeciae. Eiusdem Descriptio Græcæ.
THE FIRST ATTEMPT AT A UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF CULTURE

Geographica quædam, Sive De Vita Graeciae. Eiusdem Descriptio Græcæ.

[Geneva, Henri II Estienne] 1589.

8vo (164 x 102 mm.). [iix], 128, [7], [1 blank], 120p. Roman, italic and Greek type, woodcut headpieces and initials, a woodcut Estienne title device (Heitz, Genfer 89; Renouard 294; Schreiber 12).

18th-century gilt-paneled sprinkled calf (worn), spine and red morocco label gilt, edges sprinkled blue and green.

EDITIO PRINCEPS of the surviving political and geographical fragments of this pupil of Aristotle. The first half of the volume offers the Greek texts embedded in Estienne’s commentary and his thirty-page essay on them. The second half is his dialog on the customs of the ancient Athenians. In his dedication, Henri states the printing of the book had been completed some years prior, using a manuscript brought from Switzerland by Guillaume Budé’s son Matthieu. However, the sheets were set aside while the scholar-printer unsuccessfully sought a manuscript of Scylax’s thirty-month voyage down the Indus and west to Suez (5th century BCE). In good condition (slightly browned), Macclesfield blind stamps and North library armorial bookplate.
¶Renouard, Annales de l’imprimerie des Estienne 153,3; Schreiber, The Estiennes 219 (issue without the title device); Chaix-Dufour-Moeckli, Les Livres imprimés à Genève 125 (this issue); Hoffmann, Bibliographisches Lexicon der…Griechen I: 545; Cioranesco 9673.

Item #11275

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