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Musaeus, Grammaticus, Homerus, & others. [first seven lines in Greek, then in Latin] Musaei opusculum de Herone & Leandro. Orphei argonautica. Eiusdem hymni. Orpheus de lapidibus. Sententiae ex uarijs poetis. Homeri batrachomyomachia. [colophon: Florentiae: per haeredes Philippi Iuntae, 1519]. 8vo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). 104 ff.; illus. $2,500.00
First Giunta edition of this compendium of Greek poetry: Based on the 1517 Aldine, it contains a letter from editor Francini to students; two Musaeus works and another poem printed in the original Greek with a Latin translation — one by Markos Mousuros — printed below or facing it; the Argonautica; Orpheus' Hymni and De lapidibus; two short Demetrios Moschos pieces; Homer's Batrachomyomachia; and the Sententiae. The Greek and Latin text is printed in italic and greek using Kallierges' typefont, with unaccomplished guide letters and a Giunta device on the final page; two in-text => woodcuts depict Hero watching Leandro swim to her and also her discovery of Leandro's dead body.
Evidence of Readership: Added extensive notes, underlines, a manicule, and some doodles on ten leaves of text and three pages of endpapers in early ink of two different shades and possibly in two different hands. Another hand has marked out two headers and added a few notes in pencil.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
EDIT16 CNCE 55270; Pettas, The Giunti of Florence, 138; Adams M1992; Schweiger, I, p. 208; Graesse, Trésor de Livres Rares, IV, p. 633; Brunet, I, 1957. 18th-century calf over wooden boards, spine compartments blind-stamped in a star pattern, covers elaborately blind-stamped with a double frame of triple fillets and flowers at corners around a floral roll and arabesque panel, brass clasps, title inked along top edge, all edges stained red; rebacked and refurbished, new endpapers. Mostly light but some moderate marginal spotting or waterstaining through perhaps a third of the book, small wormhole affecting single words through title-page and first two gatherings, and one leaf partially detached; provenance and readership indicia as above. => Pleasantly printed and portable classic poetry with notable evidence of engaged readership. (38930) Please RESHELVE This.
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