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BUDÉ, Guillaume.

Commentarii linguae Graecae.

[Paris]: Jodocus Badius, 1529 Stock Code: 124885
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The author's formative study of the Greek language, printed by the pioneering printer-scholar Jodocus Badius

First edition of Budé's formative Commentaries on the Greek Language, "a collection of lexicographical, philological, and historical notes, which formed the basis for the study of the Greek language in France. A monument of the new learning, it was several times reprinted, and gave Budé the reputation which is now commemorated in the modern series of parallel texts of Greek, Latin, and Byzantine authors which bears his name" (PMM).

"Budé 1467-1540 was the most influential of the French humanistic scholars at the beginning of the sixteenth century. He made his mark with a treatise on ancient coinage and measures, which was a major authority for years to come, and he corresponded with most of the learned men of his time, amongst them Erasmus, who had the highest opinion of his talents, and Thomas More. He was held in the highest esteem by Francis I, who did so much to further the cause of humanism in France and to whom the present work is dedicated. With Jean du Bellay, Budé persuaded him to found the Collegium Trilingue, which afterwards became the Collège de France, and the library at Fontainebleau, famous for its Greek manuscripts, which afterwards formed the nucleus of the Bibliothèque Nationale. He also induced the King not to enforce the interdiction on printing which had been suggested by the Sorbonne in 1533" (PMM).

One of the greatest printer-scholars of his time, Jodocus (or Josse) Badius (1462-1535) played a major role in the flourishing of humanist culture in the French Renaissance. He oversaw the publication of about one thousand books - the best-known being his 'familiar' or grammatical commentaries on classical authors intended for younger students - from his printing house in Paris, the Praelium Ascensianum. He was also the author of original works of grammar and moral philosophy.

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Folio (326 x 223 mm). Rebound in modern grey cloth reusing early vellum at spine and corners, spine hand lettered in ink, edges sprinkled red.


Printed in Roman and Greek letter. Title printed in red and black within woodcut architectural border (Renouard no. 2, attributed to Orance Fine), Badius's woodcut "Prelum Ascensianum" printer's device (Renouard no. 3), criblé initials, indexes and should


Bound without the final blank (Pp8) as often. A few early ink ownership marks to title page ("Ex Libris Le. Cosse 1679", crossed out, to upper margin; two further to lower margin). Vellum a little soiled, title leaf a little creased at extremities, contents generally crisp and clean with very occasional spotting and light marginal staining, a couple of instances of early ink underlining and marginal markers (e.g. pp. 2, 97), single small wormhole track to fore margins through to c8 not touching text. Overall a very good, wide-margined copy; a fine example of Badius's work.


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