Editio Princeps — Reconstructing the Pre-Socratic Philosophers
Empedocles, et al. [Two lines in Greek, transliterated as] Poiesis philosophos. Poesis philosophica, vel saltem, Reliquiae poesis philosophicae, Empedoclis, Parmenidis, Xenophanis, Cleanthis, Timonis, Epicharmi. Adiuncta sunt Orphei illius carmina qui à suis appellatus fuit ho theologos. Item, Heracliti et Democriti loci quidam, & eorum epistolae. [Geneva]: Excudebat Henr. Stephanus, 1573. 8vo (17.1 cm; 6.75"). 222, [2 (blank)] pp.
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First edition of the first published collection of these early Greek philosophical writings, the wholeedited by Henri Estienne and from the Estienne press: An important Humanist gathering of surviving fragments from Empedocles, Parmenides, Xenophon, Cleanthes, Timon of Phlius, Epicharmus, and others, along with the letters of Heraclitus and Democritus — with an emphasis on the aesthetics of their work. The preface is in both Latin and Greek, and the Latin notes are by Joseph Justus Scaliger.
Schreiber calls this uncommon work “a volume of major importance to the history of Western thought, which rightly belongs on the same shelf with the first editions of Plato and Aristotle.”
Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Charles W.G. Howard on front pastedown with typed note that the volume was a gift of Sir David Dundas of Ochtertyre in 1877. Dundas (1799–1877) was a politician who also served as a trustee of the British Museum from 1861 to 1867 (DNB online).
Renouard, Estienne, p. 140, no. 8; Adams P-1682; Schreiber, Estiennes, 187; Brunet, II, 1080; Schweiger, I, 104. Bound in 19th-century red straight-grained morocco with raised band, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, covers single-ruled in gilt, turn-ins with a gilt roll of a Greek key pattern, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; spine faded and rubbed, a few spots on covers. Marked as above, light age-toning; light pencilling on endpapers. A handsome copy of an influential, Estienne edition of Greek philosophy. (36156)
H. Estienne's FinalFOLIO
Greek, Latin, & Impressive
lines in Greek, then] Isocratis Orationes et epistolae cvm Latina interpretatione
Hier. VVolfij, ab ipso postremùm regognita. Henr. Steph. in Isocratem
Diatribæ VII: quarum van obseruationes Harpocrationis in eundem examinat.
Gorgiae et Aristidis quædam, eiusdem cum Isocraticis argumenti. Guil. Cantero
interprete. [Geneva]: Excudebat Henricus Stephanus, 1593. Folio. [fleuron]4*6**4a–z6aa–mm6nn4;
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4a.4b.6 (-b.6, blank);  ff., 427, [1 (blank)],
131, [1 (blank)], xxxiiii pp., [1 (blank)],  ff., 31, [1 (blank)] pp., 
ff. (without the final blank).
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Here is Henri Estienne's last major work and his final folio edition of any classical work. Schreiber considers it an "important edition" as did Dibdin. The text is Hieronymous Wolf'sfirst published in 1551as revised by Estienne, who also supplied seven Diatribae (Dissertations). These latter are found on pp. 3–31 at the end of the volume.
For 16TH-CENTURY BOOKS,
The texts of the orations and "letters" of the great Athenian orator (436–338 B.C.) are printed in double-column format, with the Greek presented in exquisite Greek type in the inner columns and the Latin translation in roman type in the outer ones. A version of the famous Estienne printer's device graces the title-page.
Adams O219; Renouard (2nd ed.), Annales de l'imprimerie des Estienne, 155.1; Schreiber, Estienne, 225; Schweiger, Handbuch der classischen Bibliographie, I:181; Dibdin (4th ed.), An Introduction to . . . Greek and Latin Classics, II:126. 18th-century plain calf, recently rebacked; round spine, raised bands accented with gilt ruling. Gilt-tooled center devices in spine compartments. Two gilt-lettered spine labels. Title-page dust-soiled; a library's blind pressure-stamps; properly deaccessioned with no additional stamps. A covetable exemplar. (2129)
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