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Epictetus, & Jean-Baptiste Lefebvre de Villebrune, ed. [two lines in Greek, transliterated as] Epicteti Enchiridion [then] curante J.B. Lefebvre de Villebrune. Parisiis: Typis Philippi-Dionysii Pierres, Regis Typographi Ordinarii, 1782. Sq. 12mo (11.6 cm, 4.6"). , 8, 46 pp. $525.00
First Villebrune edition, and nicely printed, we must say, by the Printer in Ordinary to the King. While perhaps not the rendition of Epictetus most acclaimed by scholars, Villebrune's was the one that graced Benjamin Franklin's library — the author having sent Franklin several copies. This travel-sized Enchiridion is printed with wide margins in => miniscule yet lovely Greek (with a preface in Latin); the half-title gives "Epicteti Enchiridion, sive totius philosophiae moralis epitome castigatissima." Brunet notes that there were two issues, one with final notes and one without, this example being of the latter. The work is not widely held in either state, with WorldCat locating => only two U.S. institutional holdings.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Brunet, II, 1013; Schweiger, I, 107; Wolf & Hayes, Library of Benjamin Franklin, 1000. 18th-century dark hunter green morocco framed in gilt triple fillets, board edges and turn-ins with gilt rolls, spine with gilt-stamped title, gilt rules, and gilt compartment decorations; moderately worn overall, joints and extremities refurbished, spine rubbed and slightly browned. Red endpapers. All edges gilt. Pages gently age-toned, otherwise clean. => What's technically known as "a sweetheart." (38265) Please RESHELVE This.
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