Carmina Novem Illvstrivm Feminarvm…Latino versu à Laurentio Gambara expressa. Cleanthis, Moschionis, Aliorumque Fragmenta nunc primum edita. Fulvio ORSINI, ed.
Carmina Novem Illvstrivm Feminarvm…Latino versu à Laurentio Gambara expressa. Cleanthis, Moschionis, Aliorumque Fragmenta nunc primum edita.
Carmina Novem Illvstrivm Feminarvm…Latino versu à Laurentio Gambara expressa. Cleanthis, Moschionis, Aliorumque Fragmenta nunc primum edita.
ANNOTATED THROUGHOUT BY JACQUES-AUGUSTE DE THOU

Carmina Novem Illvstrivm Feminarvm…Latino versu à Laurentio Gambara expressa. Cleanthis, Moschionis, Aliorumque Fragmenta nunc primum edita.

Antwerp, C. Plantin 1568.

8vo (166 x 102 mm.). [xii], 387p. TWO TEXT WOODCUTS including a portrait of Sappho, a woodcut Plantin title device.

18th-century blind-ruled blue morocco (front hinge cracked), blind-decorated spine and gilt-lettered title (crown and base slightly chipped), gilt board edges and turn-ins, pink silk endleaves, edges gilt (head and tail) and marbled (fore-edge), blue silk marker.

AN EXCEPTIONAL VOLUME, ANNOTATED IN GREEK AND LATIN BY STATESMAN, DIPLOMAT AND BIBLIOPHILE JACQUES-AUGUSTE DE THOU (1553-1617).
           HE MARKED UP NEARLY EVER PAGE with translations, paraphrases, internal see-references and textual correspondences with and parallels and contradictions to other classical poetry — SOME 3000 WORDS IN ALL. These reveal his reading habits, his literary preferences, philological sensitivities, the sources he had to hand in his collection at the time and his engagement with contemporary scholarship.
           Only Edition. TEN OF THE TWENTY-SEVEN GREEK POETS IN THIS ANTHOLOGY APPEAR IN PRINT HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME. All are faithfully reproduced without editorial intervention. Starting with Sappho, fragments of nine women authors open the collection. Selections from lyric, elegiac and bucolic poets follow. Librarian to three Farnese Cardinals, the editor Fulvio Orsini was “the centre of classical and antiquarian interests in Rome” (Sandys) and an important collector. He assembled this book from printed versions and manuscripts in his own library and those belonging to the Farnese and the Vatican.

            Acquired from de Thou’s heirs by J.-J. Charron marquis de Ménars (1643-1718), it passed on to the collections of Card. Gaston de Rohan (1674-1749), Charles de Rohan prince de Soubise (1715-87; Catalogue (1788) 7412) and Rev. E.C. Hawtrey, Provost of Eton (1789-1862). In good condition.
¶ De Thou, Catalogus bibliothecæ thuanæ (1679) I: 269-70; Brunet I: 1586 “rare et recherché”; Voet, The Plantin Press 917; Belgica typographica 1541-1600 573; Hoffmann, Bibliographisches Lexicon der gesammten Litteratur der Griechen I: 194 (Anyte), 453-4 (Cleanthes), 478 (Corinna) & II: 34 (Erinna), 613 (Myro) & III: 468 (Telesilla); see Sandys’ A History of Classical Scholarship II: 153.

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Price: $16,500.00

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